Cycling and Cisplatin

On Sunday, July 25, 1999, Lance Armstrong cycled along the Champs Elysees in Paris to win the Tour de France. Less than three years before, he learned that he had testicular cancer and, worse, that it had spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen.

Without cisplatin, Lance Armstrong would never have ridden in the Tour de France, much less won it. He would have died.

After Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer in October 1996, he embarked on a tougher course than any he would ever experience in cycling. He had two operations -- one to remove the testis and the other to remove the cancer metastases from the brain -- and he underwent intense combination chemotherapy based on cisplatin.

The Early Signs of Testicular Cancer

Lance Armstrong is not alone at age 27 as a young man with testicular cancer. The great ice skater Scott Hamilton discovered he had the same disease early in 1997.