05/26/2015 02:06 EDT | Updated 05/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Rob Ford discharged from hospital after cancer surgery

Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor and current city councillor, was discharged from a local hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after his cancer surgery. 

Ford underwent surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital on May 11 to remove a cancerous tumour in his abdomen.

The procedure went as expected and doctors remove all the existing growths without causing damage to any internal structures, according to Dan Jacobs, Ford's chief of staff.

Ford is now in the next stage of his treatment to build his strength at home, Jacobs said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The politician is also looking forward to returning to office full time, Jacobs said.

Ford, who will turn 46 on Thursday, said he expected that he'll spend about four months recovering from the surgery.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 in the midst of his campaign to be re-elected as mayor. He dropped out of the mayor's race and won a council seat.