Olympic Swimmer Faces Uphill Battle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday Sept. 2, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau is recovering
quickly from cancer surgery, but he knows he'll never be able to escape the disease that turned his life upside down just before the
Beijing Games.

In his first interview since last week's surgery to remove a
cancerous testicle, Shanteau said he made it through with minimal
complications. He's confident surgeons got all of the disease,
though he won't know for sure for a couple of weeks.

Shanteau, who is from the Atlanta area, is setting up a new Web
site that will document his story, provide links to cancer-fighting
organizations and allow other victims of the disease to blog about
their experiences.

The 24-year-old swimmer was diagnosed with testicular cancer in
June, shortly before he was scheduled to head to Omaha for the
Olympic trials. Shanteau was cleared to compete at the meet -- and surprisingly made his first Olympic team by beating out former world
record-holder Brendan Hansen in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Even though he failed to advance past the semifinals of his only
event, his willingness to go public with the illness made him a
rallying point for cancer victims around the world.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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