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Testicular Cancer
Resources on the Web

As ABC News reports, "Gold Medal figure-skating champ Scott Hamilton became part of an ominous trend in March 1997, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. 'I feel 100 percent confident,' he said at the time, 'that I can overcome this disease.' With a great attitude, aggressive chemotherapy and surgery, Hamilton was back on the ice within months of his diagnosis.

Here are links to transcripts of chats with Scott Hamilton and world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, both survivors, and to other articles and resources on the Web.

Scott Hamilton skates after testicular cancer

Scott Hamilton ... survivor
photo © J. Barry Mittan

 

Chat with Olympics champion and skating star Scott Hamilton
"Gold Medal figure-skating champ Scott Hamilton became part of an ominous trend in March 1997, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. "I feel 100 percent confident," he said at the time, "that I can overcome this disease." With a great attitude, aggressive chemotherapy and surgery, Hamilton was back on the ice within months of his diagnosis. Scott joined us Thursday, Jan. 28, to discuss his battle with cancer, the International Olympic Committee bribery scandal, his current U.S. tour Discover Stars on Ice and more."

Chat with world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong
"Lance Armstrong roared into 1996 as the number-one ranked cyclist in the world. But in October of that year, "the Golden Boy of American Cycling" was forced off his bike in excruciating pain. Tests revealed an advanced form of testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain, and he was given only a 50 percent chance of survival.

Remarkably, after a year of aggressive surgery and chemotherapy, he was declared cancer-free in 1997.

His victory at the Sprint 56K Criterium race in Austin, Texas, in May 1998, and several other stunning victories since then, are milestones in his comeback as a professional cyclist. In addition to resuming his biking career, he established the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and awareness. Armstrong joined ABCNEWS.com for a chat on Feb. 16 to talk about his cancer, his foundation and his career."

Rates of testicular cancer have increased sharply in the past three decades, especially among young men who probably thought they had no reason to worry about the dreaded C word. This was confirmed in a major Canadian research study, reported by ABC News. On Feb. 15th ABC's 20/20 devoted a segment to the issue.

The Cancer Resource Center

The Testicular Cancer Resource Center is the one-stop information and resource site. A testicular cancer Primer, TC Self-examination, detailed interview with a TC oncologist, info on treatment approaches, over 40 personal stories, faith and spirituality, individual e-mail support, TC and sex, the humorous side and a lot more, by a survivor who put it together when he couldn't find in one place the info he needed.

The Cancer Resource Center
The Lance Armstrong Foundation

During his illness and convalescence from testicular cancer, World Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong decided to redirect his misfortune. Instead of turning inward, he decided upon a more profound mission.

From these beginnings, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was founded. The Foundation, created in the fall of 1997 by Lance, is based in Austin, Texas and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of some of the most effective business and medical leaders of this country. The Foundation is 501(c)-3 approved, has already raised a substantial amount of resources and is conducting this Spring its first major event, the Ride for the Roses. Many other national events are planned, most based upon a cycling theme.

The mission of the Lance Armstrong Foundation is "Fighting Urologic Cancer Through Education, Awareness and Research" Each of these three aspects will be promoted by the Foundation by traditional and unique ventures.

The Foundation will support a variety of medical endeavors as directed by the Board with direct advice from the Scientific Advisory Committee. The Foundation is privileged to have some of the world's leading authorities in Urologic Cancer as members of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Other activities of the Foundation will be patient focused. These will include educational resources, a network for communication with an emphasis so that all patients will have access to the latest advances in screening, diagnosis and treatment of Urologic cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation will become distinguished in the realm of philanthropic organizations. From the near calamity of cancer striking a young man has been created a Foundation that will bring achievement to the realm of Urologic Cancer!

Testicular cancer information from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute. Topics include:

  • An Overview of Testicular Cancer
  • Finding the Tumor Early
  • Treatment for Testicular Cancer
  • What Causes Testicular Cancer?
  • Life After Testicular Cancer
  • Recent Memorial Sloan-Kettering Research
  • Psychosocial Support for Cancer Patients and Their Families
  • How to do Testicular Self-Examination

A Pain in the Balls? Information and The Making of a Eunuch, the personal story of one of the few men (200 cases worldwide) who had simultaneous cancer in both testicles.

NCI/PDQ Testicular Cancer Patient Info from CancerNet at the National Cancer Institute

NCI/PDQ Testicular Cancer Physician Info from CancerNet at the National Cancer Institute

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