Joost Reijns surgery for testicular cancer
Joost Reijns last weekend surgery for testicular cancer. At the European Championships Short Course in Szczenin abnormal values were observed at a doping control, which could indicate a serious medical condition. Further investigation revealed that it was testicular cancer, so he is directly operated.
Thanks to his strong physical condition and the fact that this type of cancer is highly treatable (more than 95% of patients fully recovered), there is good hope for a quick recovery and hence still the chance of qualifying for the Olympics London 2012.
He will probably now want to force the Swimcup in April in Eindhoven, the last opportunity of qualifying.
That such a condition in the longer term need to have no negative impact on your swimming career is well known . In 2008, the same diagnosis at the American swimmer Eric Shanteau just before the Olympics. He chose the first Olympics to swim and only then to be treated, which not everyone understood equally well by the way. Finally, in Beijing, he was 10th in 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 (gold) medley relay team through the series.