She kept on running through three more bouts with the disease, forging a career as a professional athlete and U.S. champion while enduring surgeries, radiation treatments, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
Not surprisingly, both cancers have been saddled with many of the same myths. These are based on outdated information or old wives’ tales passed on by the uninformed. Myths or no myths, here's what's most important...
Three cheers for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and 7-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman. On the final play of the Cornhuskers spring game Hoffman, who's taking a break from his 60-week chemotherapy session, took a handoff from Taylor Martinez and ran 69 yards for a touchdown to the applause of the team and 60,000 fans.
Less than 10 days after being fired from a job he held for nearly 46 years, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno revealed Friday he has lung cancer. A statement delivered by son Scott Paterno said the cancer is treatable and doctors expect the coaching legend to make a full recovery.
Boxing legend Joe Frazier, perhaps most famous for his 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” fight with Muhammad Ali, was diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago and is now gravely ill with the disease.
His manager Leslie Wolff said the 67-year-old Frazier is currently in a Philadelphia hospice and called him a “true gentleman,” adding, “Along with… Ali, (he is) one of the two most recognizable athletes
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden disclosed that he kept treatment for prostate cancer in the spring of 2007 under wraps so that others wouldn’t use the information against him while recruiting star players.