Joost Reijns surgery for testicular cancer
Joost Reijns last weekend surgery for testicular cancer. In the Short Course Championships in Szczenin anomalous values were observed in doping control, which could indicate a serious medical condition. Further investigation revealed that it was testicular cancer, and therefore he was operated immediately.
Thanks to his strong physical condition and the fact that this type of cancer is very treatable (more than 95% of patients fully recovered), there is great hope for a speedy recovery and thus still the chance of qualifying for the Olympics London 2012.
Probably he will now want to force the Swimcup in April in Eindhoven, the last opportunity to qualify.
That does such a condition in the long term no negative impact on your swimming career to have been well known . In 2008, just before the Olympics to the US swimmer Eric Shanteau made the same diagnosis. He chose to first swim and seek treatment only after the Olympics, which not everyone is well understood, incidentally. Eventually he was in Beijing on 10th 200m breaststroke and after surgery and rehabilitation he took in 2009 at the World Championships in Rome in the 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m medley bronze medal. In 2011 he was 4th in the 200m breaststroke at the World Cup and he piloted the (golden) medley relay team through the series.