Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau testicu...

Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau testicular cancer

There are 48 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 11, 2008, titled Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau testicular cancer. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau is heading to Beijing with a devastating diagnosis: He has cancer.

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Hot Rod

Carmel, IN

#27 Jul 11, 2008
Heinie wrote:
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What's the matter with you? It's a joke. Don't you recognize a joke when you hear one? hahaha
OK. Sorry.
Gina L

Chicago, IL

#28 Jul 11, 2008
hmmm wrote:
I think he would gain more respect having the surgery done now and then trying his best to recoup in time to still compete for the olympics, if this were my son or loved one, I would demand they go in for the surgery immediatly, what kind of message does this send to young aspiring athletes, that your own life isn't as important as the olympic games...DUMB!!
The games begin on 8/8/08 and there is simply not enough time to have surgery and recover.

He may be gambling with his life, but it is his life and he has the right to choose. He has worked his entire life to become the best competitor he can be. In striving for his goals, I'm sure he's enriched his life in countless ways. For him to deny himself this chance would be to deny his dream.

Olympic-caliber athletes work most of their lives to achieve their dream. For some it is winning the gold medal, but for most it is simply participating in the games and sharing the experience of competing with athletes from around the world. His life's experiences and training have led him to this point. He is blessed to have the talent to achieve this goal.

when you consider that often the length of an arm or a tenth of a second often separates winners from losers in this competition, these athletes are all truly amazing and they are all "winners."
PSA

Chicago, IL

#29 Jul 11, 2008
okgo wrote:
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Or we just hear more about the athletes because they're, you know, FAMOUS or at least NEWSWORTHY, and we don't hear about all the regular folks with testicular cancer. Way to jump to a conclusion without any fact there buddy.
Right?
Heinie

Elmhurst, IL

#30 Jul 11, 2008
Hot Rod wrote:
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OK. Sorry.
No problemo.
Ali

United States

#31 Jul 11, 2008
If his doctors said it hadn't spread, is slow-growing and they're monitoring him closely, I don't see why anyone should have a problem with his decision on this. People postpone treatment for a short period of time for all sorts of reasons.
bill p

Vancouver, WA

#32 Jul 11, 2008
As a cancer patient with the same kind, my experience tells me he should continue with his goals. Testicular cancer does not make you any less a man. One works well as two. Good luck to him!
James

United States

#33 Jul 11, 2008
okgo wrote:
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Or we just hear more about the athletes because they're, you know, FAMOUS or at least NEWSWORTHY, and we don't hear about all the regular folks with testicular cancer. Way to jump to a conclusion without any fact there buddy.
That's why my post is in the form of a question. Thanks for your brilliant insight, buddy.

“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#34 Jul 11, 2008
Dagnanimous wrote:
Oh the official network (whoever that is) of the Olympics games LOOOOVES this! Imagine the tear-jerking over-coverage they'll be able to exploit. They won't have to fabricate as many human interest stories like "my 98 year old grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly 4 years ago and I'm dedicating my performance in these Olympic games to her memory." Or, "my steroid supplier was slapped with criminal charges two weeks before the trials and it's a total fluke that I've gotten this far on my own athletic ability and now am the lovable underdog."
What a cynical response. Love it!:-)
No Land For-Chicago

Chicago, IL

#35 Jul 11, 2008
Not everyone can be a Lance Armstrong who overcame his testicular cancer which had spread everywhere in his body including his brain. It was a truly an extraordinary recovery. But, how many miracles are there. If this young man was my son - I'd hog-tie him and get him treatment ASAP. I don't care how old he is - he needs guidance in this matter. A medal for a life? I don't think so.
hmmm

United States

#36 Jul 11, 2008
Dave wrote:
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His life IS the olympic games. He has spent the majority of his life working towards this moment - some cancer's not going to stop him now. I'm guessing that in his mind, achieving his goals and dreams is worth the risk. I think that the message to young people (not just athletes) is that if you want to achieve your dream, then you need to be willing to do whatever it takes (aside from cheating).
Olympic games come and go, there is so much more to life after the Olympic games. You have no idea. I was a very serious, comptetitive athlete and especially in a sport like swimming, there are other olympic games...look at all the swimmers who have been back for multiple olympic games. Besides the Olympic games start 8/8, why not get in have the surgery and try to make the comeback. Cancer doesn't discriminate, just becasue it hasn't spread already doesn't mean in 2 months it won't, I pray it doesn't but I think if it did do you think the Olympics would mean as much to him if it meant losing his life I think not and this coming from a very serious athlete, mind you I did not make the Olympics but was close!
hmmm

United States

#37 Jul 11, 2008
No Land For-Chicago wrote:
Not everyone can be a Lance Armstrong who overcame his testicular cancer which had spread everywhere in his body including his brain. It was a truly an extraordinary recovery. But, how many miracles are there. If this young man was my son - I'd hog-tie him and get him treatment ASAP. I don't care how old he is - he needs guidance in this matter. A medal for a life? I don't think so.
I absolutely agree!!!
nick

Columbus, IN

#38 Jul 11, 2008
does anyone at all think it's odd that it seems like extremely fit athletes get this type of cancer often? I'm wondering if something with the amount of exercise they get affects their hormonal levels. Women know that any change in hormones such as estrogen can affect their risk of cancer.

I wonder if any one has researched this in men.
Jane

United States

#39 Jul 11, 2008
Reality wrote:
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That was sarcasm. Pick up on the 'reference'.
I'm surprised you had the balls to reply to me.
Seriously?! Are you the forum bully? Should people hesitate before they respond to something you wrote for fear of????
Albigensian

Morristown, NJ

#40 Jul 11, 2008
"I think he would gain more respect having the surgery done now and then trying his best to recoup in time to still compete for the olympics..."

The surgery will probably involve making a slit in his leg through which the surgeon removes the cancerous testicle. It is difficult to imagine that cutting a swimmer's leg would not seriously affect a swimmer's performance.

For what it's worth, testicular cancer does have a relatively high cure rate-- perhaps in part because it's almost always a young man's disease- and young men can often tolerate heroic doses of chemo.

For what it's worth, I put off my testicular cancer treatment for 5 weeks so I could get an academic degree. Perhaps that was foolhardy, but, I figured I'd need that if I survived I'd need that degree in order to make a living, and to pay for the cancer treatment. Since that was 20+ years ago, I guess I won the gamble.

Since: Sep 07

Chicago, IL

#41 Jul 11, 2008
Jane wrote:
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Seriously?! Are you the forum bully? Should people hesitate before they respond to something you wrote for fear of????
Oh honestly! "nuts" "balls" Read the story again. "nuts" ... "balls" ... testicles. Again, "nuts" and "baaaaaaalllls"
Heinie

Elmhurst, IL

#42 Jul 11, 2008
Jane wrote:
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Seriously?! Are you the forum bully? Should people hesitate before they respond to something you wrote for fear of????
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What's the matter with you? It's a joke. Don't you recognize a joke when you hear one? hahaha
Bob Skilnik

Joliet, IL

#43 Jul 11, 2008
Calling Jesse Jackson.
Chicago

AOL

#44 Jul 11, 2008
Reed

Fresno, CA

#45 Jul 11, 2008
13 years and 1 day ago, I was diagnosed with with testicular cancer for the first time. At 18, I was preparing to swim and play water polo at the college level. Cancer changed those plans. After being in remission for more than 8 years, I was diagnosed with testicular for a second time, completely unrelated to the previous time. I had surgery both times to remove the testicle and chemotherapy the second time, not to mention dozens of cat scans, which ultimatley cost me my ability to have children. That said, today I am celebrating my 30th birthday cancer-free and support Eric %110 in his decision to post pone treatment until after the Olympics. After all, I know making the Olympic team is the ultimate goal for any swimmer. Furthermore, almost any man who has had testicular cancer will tell you that he delayed going to the doctor for several weeks and or months any way, I did it my self, twice, so any extra month or two really isn't that big of a deal(since his doctors have determined it hasn't spread). It may seem selfish to those of you who have not been there, but in most cases TC is highly cureable and I think it would be a crime for Eric to not pursue his dream. My best wishes to him in the Olympics and in his up-coming battle with cancer.
Reed

Fresno, CA

#46 Jul 11, 2008
Albigensian wrote:
"I think he would gain more respect having the surgery done now and then trying his best to recoup in time to still compete for the olympics..."
The surgery will probably involve making a slit in his leg through which the surgeon removes the cancerous testicle.
Actually, the testicle is removed through a slit made in the lower abdomine which makes something as simple laughing extremely painful for at least 2-3 weeks after surgery so trying to recoup in time is not possible

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