Every time American Lance Armstrong won the Tour De France, the same comments always seemed to follow that first place--the fact he was a testicular cancer survivor.
He fit the profile: Young, in relatively good health, and motivated to get better.
Much like Gardnerville Native, Adam Young who made a triumphant return to the Reno Rodeo this year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago. " Went in and had a collapsed lung and they said I had a mass the size of a grapefruit."
There's a new theory out there as to why patients like Armstrong and Young survived testicular cancer even after it had spread to other parts of their bodies.
Called the "Lance Effect" Doctors from Johns Hopkins believe heat may have played a role.
In their unproven theory these researchers say in order to enhance sperm production..testicles are a few degrees cooler than the rest of the body...could it be that cancer which develops in that area may be sensitive to heat as well? Local Urologist Dr. John Freeman isn't buying just yet. "Iit's a nice thought but we need a little proof I think."
Dr. Freeman says he has nothing against new cancer research. But,heat to treat cancer is an old concept which has been tried before. Now he says we have better ways to treat testicular cancer, many times successfully even when it has spread " More frequently than not, we can still cure them, not just control them but cure them."
Even Armstrong's own physician is skeptical about the "Lance Effect"
But many doctors add...it's worth studying to find out.