A† Champion† for† Survivors† of† Cancer†
Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor, holding up the trophy he won in the Tour de France a record seventh time in a row. This happened on Sunday July 24, 2005.
Back in 1996 Armstrong was given less than a 50 percent chance of overcoming testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. He astonished everyone -- including himself -- by winning his first Tour in 1999.† Now he has won a record seven tours in a row.
Armstrong has given cancer patients not only much encouragement with the hope of survival in their battle against this much dreaded disease, but also a second chance to lead a normal and even a championís life.†
Lance Armstrong not only survived cancer but is also a Champion
"Before cancer I just lived. Now I
-- Lance Armstrong
At age 25, Lance Armstrong was one of the world's best cyclists. He proved it by winning the World Championships, the Tour Du Pont, and multiple Tour de France stages. Lance Armstrong seemed invincible and the future ahead was bright indeed. Then they told him he had cancer.
Next to the challenge he now faced, bike racing seemed insignificant. The diagnosis was testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men aged 15-35. If detected early, its cure rate is a promising 90%. Like most young, healthy men, Lance ignored the warning signs, and never imagined the seriousness of his condition. Going untreated, the cancer had spread to Lance's abdomen, lungs, and brain. His chances dimmed.
Then, with a combination of physical conditioning and a strong support system Lance's competitive spirit took over. He declared himself not a cancer victim but a cancer survivor, hell bent on living strong. He took an active role in educating himself about his disease and the treatment. Armed with knowledge and confidence in medicine, he underwent aggressive treatment and beat the disease.
During treatment, before his recovery, before he even knew his own fate, he created the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This marked the beginning of Lance Armstrong's life as a leader for cancer survivors and a world representative for the cancer community.
Although Lance Armstrong's victories in the 1999-2003 Tours de France are sweet, the battle against cancer has just begun-not just for him, but for all cancer survivors and people just like him who think cancer could not affect them. Lance Armstrong plans to lead this fight, and he hopes that you join him. This is a life he owes to cancer. This is a choice to live strong.
Facts about Lance's Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
∑ Lance was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer, containing 60% choriocarcinoma, 40% embryonal and less than 1% teratoma.
∑ Lance's treatment lasted from October to December 1996.
∑ Lance underwent two surgeries, one to remove his cancerous testicle and another to remove two cancerous lesions on his brain.
∑ Lance received one round of BEP (Bleomycin, Etoposide and Platinol) chemotherapy, followed by three rounds of VIP chemotherapy (Ifostamide, Etoposide and Platinol.)
∑ Lance's cancer in the lungs and brain was a result of spreading from the original testicular cancer. As a result, his treatment protocols were to combat that specific strain of cancer. Different cancers originating from different sources in the body will likely require other treatments than the one described above for Lance.
Lance was treated at
Please pray for Lance Armstrong to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and also to give Him all the glory.
Here is a web page that helps to strengthen our faith in God's healing power through
you'll read about a whole congregation praying 40 days and 40 nights for his healing.
God miraculously healed this man in Norton, Virginia. Our Almighty and loving Father
God can also heal any believer because of our intercessory prayers.
May God bless you
This Web Page is presented by Paul Wong to the ARK Forum on August 14, 2005
and dedicated to all cancer survivors who believe in God's healing power.
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