Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says that after two rounds of chemotherapy, the tumour in his abdomen has not shrunk.
Mr. Ford, who remains mayor until Dec. 2, told The Toronto Sun's Joe Warmington that he is returning to Mount Sinai Hospital for a third round of chemotherapy beginning Monday.
"I was hoping we would hear it was smaller but I guess it didn't budge," Mr. Ford told the Sun. "It's exactly the same size as it was."
He also said he is suffering from pneumonia.
"I was having difficulty breathing when I was going up the stairs and things like that," he told the paper. "I thought it was the chemotherapy doing it but doctors told me they saw me on TV having trouble and they knew it was probably pneumonia."
After Mr. Ford was diagnosed last month with liposarcoma, a rare, malignant tumour that arises in fatty tissue, he dropped out of the mayor's race and ran instead in his old council seat in Etobicoke. His older brother, Councillor Doug Ford, ran for mayor instead.
Rob Ford won his seat on Monday night, but his brother lost to John Tory.
Mr. Ford said he was disappointed at first by the news that his tumour was the same size, but now is "treating the fact that, because of the chemotherapy, the tumour has not grown one bit as good news. ... The growth of the tumour has been stopped in its tracks. It hasn't grown in seven or eight weeks. It is the same size it was."