Its Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance ArmstrongIt is such an all-American story. A lanky kid from Plano, Texas, is raised by a feisty, single parent who sacrifices for her son, who becomes one of our countrys greatest athletes. Given that background, it is understandable why Armstrong was able to channel his boundless energy toward athletic endeavors. By his senior year in high school, he was already a professional triathlete and was training with the U.S. Olympic cycling developmental team. In 1993, Armstrong secured a position in the ranks of world-class cyclists by winning the World Championship and a Tour de France stage, but in 1996, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Armstrong entered an unknown battlefield and challenged it as if climbing through the Alps: aggressive yet tactical. He beat the cancer and proceeded to stun all the pundits by winning the 1999 Tour de France. In this memoir, Armstrong covers his early years swiftly with a blunt matter-of-factness, but the main focus is on his battle with cancer. Readers will respond to the inspirational recovery story, and they will appreciate the behind-the-scenes cycling information. After he won the Tour, his mother was quoted as saying that her sons whole life has been a fight against the odds; we see here that she was not exaggerating. Brenda Barrera
THE FUEL THAT DRIVES LANCE TO VICTORY
By Megan Turner. A typical three-day training schedule provides insight into just how hard Armstrong pushes himself. On the first day, he cycles for six hours, with plenty of climbs, keeping his heart rate above the entire time. The next day, he spends four hours on the bike and does three climbs of 20 minutes each. On the third day, he does five hours of seated, uphill cycling.
The conventional wisdom had been in the past that rest, rest and more rest were the keys to successful treatment. Granted, active treatments such as surgical procedures, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy often leave the cancer survivor in an exhausted state, but the residual effects of these procedures are relatively short-lived. When video was shown of five-time Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong riding his bike on a trainer in a hospital room people around the world were amazed that this was possible. But the reality is that physical activity has many positive effects for the cancer survivor on several different planes. I recalled my own experience along these lines while Dr. Kerry Courneya, Ph. Following two successful surgical procedures and two rounds of chemotherapy, I was, to be blunt, wasted from my treatments.
The Importance of Exercise and Diet for Cancer Survivors ” a personal reflection by Internet Content Manager, Lance Armstrong Foundation.
why should animals have rights debate
Post Digital Network
On October 2, , Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. - Lance Armstrong, who has just become the first man to win the Tour de France six times, eats as carefully as he trains, reveals Judith Woods.
The "Lance Armstrong effect" could become a powerful new weapon to fight cancer cells that develop resistance to chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments, scientists say in a report in the ACS journal Molecular Pharmaceutics. Robert Getzenberg and Donald Coffey explain that many advances have occurred in the 40 years since President Nixon declared a "War on Cancer" on December 23, However, cancer remains a leading cause of death worldwide, claiming almost 8 million lives annually. Patients with some forms of cancer respond well to treatment, while others have disease that becomes resistant to every known treatment. Patients with testicular cancer have a high survival rate -- more than 70 percent -- even if the cancer metastasizes, or spreads. For example, Lance Armstrong, the famous cyclist, beat metastatic testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain, and then went on to win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times. But patients with pancreatic cancer have only a 25 percent survival rate in the first year and a 6 percent survival rate by the fifth year after diagnosis.