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Article comparing LA to AI and others(13 posts)

Article comparing LA to AI and othersmoneyman
Jul 22, 2002 5:54 AM
From the Rocky Mountain News; For your reading pleasure.,1299,DRMN_83_1276671,00.html

A very good article ... nmPhatMatt
Jul 22, 2002 6:11 AM
A very good article ... nmJon Billheimer
Jul 22, 2002 7:12 AM
This is a nice tribute to America's truly greatest athlete, in my opinion. When being tested, Lance, for unknown reasons, produces 25% less lactic acid than other elite cyclists.
Lance questions....tronracer
Jul 22, 2002 6:50 AM
The article mentions that Lance had lung and brain cancer. I thought he had testicular cancer?!!? Oh, and I have heard this, and it might not be 100% accurate or even have the slightest bit of truth to it, just what I heard: Lance have a condition where he doesn't produce lactic acid? Or is it such that his conditioning reduces the amount of lactic acid his body produces?
Lance questions....yeah right
Jul 22, 2002 7:11 AM
from what I read in his book, the cancer spread to his lungs and brain, although it is still classified as testicular cancer, because that's where it started, and secondly he produces less lactic acid (according to the book) than average, which I believe is genetic
Just what I was looking for thanks, one more question...tronracer
Jul 22, 2002 7:20 AM
Was the cancer in any way cycling related? His level of fitness no doubt helped him make a recovery, but what was the root, if known, of the cancer? Thanks.
No, not cycling related...JBurton
Jul 22, 2002 7:55 AM
But in his book, he did admit that he ignored the pain in that area for longer than he should, possibly because as a pro cyclist he was used to things hurting. He waited until it was really, really sore and swollen to seek help. His prior level of fitness is, by some doctors, seen as one of the factors in his recovery.
Jul 22, 2002 12:27 PM
Swollen and sore understate it. I believe LA had said it was the size of a grapefruit the morning and he couldn't find a comfortable position on the saddle that's when he decided he should see someone!
Only two known predispositions for testicular cancer. . .js5280
Jul 22, 2002 10:28 AM
First, is having an undescended testicle (i.e. it stays up in the abdominal area) Second, if your father had TC there's a higher chance your son may get the disease. That's really the only official predispositions. There really is no known "cause" for TC. There's lots of speculation of course, but cycling is not one. After all, is TC prevalent in professional cyclists? I can't think of any besides the man in yellow. I can only think of two here at the RBR (myself being one). I can probably come up with 2 or 3 football and baseball players pretty easily still there's no correlation. For all things Testicular Cancer, I highly recommend the Testicular Cancer Resource Center as a starting point.

Just to clarify, the type of cancer (i.e. testicular, kidney, liver) comes from primary tumor. If that cancer metastases (spreads) it's still composed of those mutated cells, it just happens to travel to other parts of the body and grows. Fortunately for TC, it's highly treatable with chemo and/or radiation no matter where it travels in the body. It's probably the most treatable/survivable form of cancer you can get ONCE IT'S DETECTED. Lance had sub-types of testicular cancer that are particularly virulent and not always responsive to treatment. The best way to fight testicular cancer is to do a regular testicular self-examination

Of course routing for Lance and supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation helps a lot in the fight against cancer and medical/quality of life issues for cancer survivors.
very imformative post.SteveO
Jul 22, 2002 11:24 AM
and by far the most important i've ever read on this board.
Testicular cancer, metastasized to the lungs and brain, ifdjg
Jul 22, 2002 7:52 AM
I'm not mistaken. So, in a sense, you're both right.

I've no idea how much lactic acid LA produces, but I'd be pretty surprised (shocked) if it were none.
re: Article comparing LA to AI and otherscapnjim01
Jul 18, 2002 10:11 AM
thanks very good article. i just sent the columnist a quick thank you note i suggest we all do that as we need all the friends in the press we can get
Very nice article. Another reminder that sport of cycling istz
Jul 22, 2002 8:29 AM
too stressful for average americans overburdened with weight their own bodies. CNN will never publish this stuff...