Lance Armstrong inspires others to live strong
His miraculous cancer journey serves as an inspiration to cancer patients and survivors worldwide. Cancer puts you to the test and it also brings out the best!
Lance Armstrong's (an American former professional road–racing cyclist ) story of cancer survival reads like an oncological tall tale. In 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and brain at the young age of 25. The odds were against his survival, but within two years, Armstrong was deemed cancer–free after undergoing extensive chemotherapy and surgery. There is no debate that Lance Armstrong is one of the greatest health turnarounds of the decade. To survive such advanced cancer when statistically he should have died, go on to win five more Tour de France competitions, sounds like a movie script than a biography. His miraculous cancer journey serves as an inspiration to cancer patients and survivors worldwide.
Novel methods for early diagnosis and treatment of specific cancers are being developed that rely on new techniques for analyzing, and perhaps interfering with, gene expression in tumors. Ultimately, such approaches may lower the death rate from cancer. The study of genes associated with cancer, inherited or not, increases our basic understanding of how disruption of normal gene regulation can result in this disease.
The ability of cancer cells to evolve rapidly and uncontrollably, combined with the heterogeneous nature of cancer cell populations, will continue to challenge researchers in years to come. Thus, like cancer cells, our approach to cancer therapy must also continue to evolve.
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