Olympic Swimmer Undergoes Cancer Surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday August, 28, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Auburn swimmer Eric Shanteau had surgery Wednesday to remove a cancerous testicle after fulfilling his goal of swimming in the Olympics.

The 24-year-old breaststroker underwent the operation at Emory
University Hospital, said his agent, Evan Morgenstein. Shanteau, who grew up in suburban Atlanta, was diagnosed with cancer in June, shortly before the U.S. Olympic trials. Even though doctors normally would perform immediate surgery, he was cleared to compete.

Shanteau failed to advance past the semifinals of his only
Olympic event, but his willingness to go public with the illness
made him a rallying point for cancer victims around the world. Morgenstein said doctors should have final results of the
surgery by Friday.

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