Joost Reijns surgery for testicular cancer
Joost Reijns last weekend surgery for testicular cancer. At the European Championships Short Course in Szczenin anomalous values were detected in a doping test, 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 recovered completely), 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 chance of qualifying.
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 with the US swimmer Eric Shanteau made a similar diagnosis. He chose to first swim and to seek treatment until after the Olympics, what does everybody understood well, 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 Championships and he shepherded the (golden) medley relay team through the series.