Probably the most famous and the most vocal celebrity diagnosed with testicular cancer is champion cyclist Lance Armstrong. He appears to have successfully fought off his cancerous cells even though, as we noted in an earlier post, his cancer spread to his lungs and brain [See: Celebrities With Brain Tumor]. Armstrong is quite active in spreading the word about testicular cancer and, we think, is able to provide hope to those who are confronting the same problem he faces.
Anyhoo, here are other famous men who battled testicular cancer:
Jason Cundy. Retired English football star Jason Cundy was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1997. He had a surgical operation to have the cancerous cells removed and here’s what he wrote of the experience (via The Daily Mail):
By the time of the operation, my testicle had doubled in size. It felt unbelievably heavy but I wasn’t in pain. I tried to stay positive, though, because we still didn’t know for sure that it was cancer. I was shocked when I heard what the doctors were going to do. They made an incision on the left side of my hip and wound my testicle up like a conker and removed it. I’ve now got a two-inch scar on the left side of my pelvis.
Despite the surgery, Jason was able to sire a second son but subsequent daily radiotherapy to get rid of precancerous cells in his remaining testicle has now rendered him infertile.
Cundy helped establish a cancer organization, Cancer Campaign in Suffolk which seeks to “to improve access to high quality information and support services to cancer patients and their carers in Suffolk.”
Pete Postlethwaite. One of the most underrated actors in the world, Pete Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990. A report by The Guardian states that he had his cancerous testicle removed “but he seems happy enough with just the one.” The talented actor who earned an Oscar nomination for the 1993 film, The Name of the Father, survived his testicular cancer but not pancreatic cancer which is listed as the cause of his death on 02 January 2011. The world will miss him.
Tony Marsh. Kiwi-born French rugby player Tony Marsh was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2003. He underwent months of chemotherapy and overcame the disease. He says of his recovery:
“The cancer’s over, it’s behind me. In my head, I’m cleared. I train every day and I’ve started running again this week.”
He says of his experience surviving cancer (via The Guardian):
“It hasn’t changed me at all. A lot of people say it changes the way you look at things, but I was one of the lucky ones; I got it nice and early. I had the choice of having chemotherapy or not and chose to have it. I wasn’t worried about it and things went relatively well. I’m someone who likes to look at things in a positive type of way. I was like that before, and it hasn’t changed things. I knew I’d play again; the question was whether I’d get back to my old level.”
He, apparently, met Lance Armstrong during his recovery:
“We talked a lot about rugby, a bit about cycling and New Zealand, and very little about cancer. It’s always interesting to meet other top-level sportsmen, especially someone who has gone through the same thing. He had a much tougher time; on a totally different level. The meeting did me good; it made me even more motivated to get back.”
Eric Shanteau. American Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau found out that he had testicular cancer in 2008 a few weeks before the Olympic Games. He put off surgery so he can participate in the Beijing Games thinking that it will be his last Olympic participation. He underwent surgery after the Olympics, is now cancer-free, and is reportedly looking forward to racing in the 2012 London Games.