Lance Armstrong Research Paper

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Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong is one of the best cyclist racers of all time with his seven consecutive wins of the Tour De France. Armstrong has more wins for the Tour De France than any other cyclist in history. In 1996, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer which eventually spread to his abdomen, lungs, and brain. The doctors believed he would not survive but he pulled through and beat his illness.Times author, Bill Saporito, had this to say about Armstrong and his survival strength, “Given Armstrong’s insane commitment to winning, cancer had better watch out,” (Saget). Armstrong now does what he can to help the community with his Lance Armstrong Foundation. They help people detect early signs of cancer and to find a cure…show more content…
Though he finished only in the middle of the standings, he showed the world that there was a newcomer in the world of international cycling racing. In 1992 he placed second in the Olympic time trials, making him the favorite to win the road race in Barcelona, Spain. He ended up giving a poor performance and ended in 14th place (Lance Armstrong). After turning professional immediately after the Olympics, he had a bad first race coming in last place. He would come back from this disappointing loss though only 2 weeks later as he finished in 2nd place in a World Cup race in Zurich, Switzerland (Lance Armstrong). Finally, Armstrong won his most important race yet, the World Road Race Championship in Oslo, Norway, which is a one day event that covers 161 miles. He even crashed his bike twice due to the slick roads and bad weather conditions (Lance…show more content…
At age 25, Armstrong looked like one of the best up and comers in the professional bicycling world, but in 1996 he were diagnosed with testicular cancer. This can generally be easy to survive when diagnosed early with a 90% chance of survival. However, since Armstrong was so fit and healthy he missed the signs and the cancer spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain. The doctors thought he had no chance of surviving. After learning of his disease, he educated himself about the treatment options and his chance for survival. The standard chemotherapy is a cocktail of BEP, which contains bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin. Armstrong chose to take an alternative which is VIP that contains etoposide, ifosfamide, and cisplatin. He chose to take this to avoid the lung toxicity of the drug bleomycin. This decision may have saved Lance Armstrong's racing career. While undergoing his treatment, Armstrong had to go through two surgeries. One was to remove the cancerous testicle, and the other was to take out the two cancerous lesions from his brain. During his treatment, Armstrong created the Lance Armstrong Foundation which helps people with their struggle to beat cancer and to find a cure. Lance Armstrong would continue to race after his cancer, and only 3 years later he won the Tour De France. This would start a seven win streak of this race by

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