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Keeping cancer in check

Written by Community Health Network on 4/5/2014 1:00:00 PM

You may know Phil Kessel as the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, or recall him skating with U.S. Men’s Hockey Team in Sochi this February.

What you may not know is that this hat trick-scoring hockey player is also a cancer survivor.

In 2006, as a rookie with the Boston Bruins, Phil detected a small lump in his testicle. He was concerned and approached a physician. After an exam and ultrasound, he was diagnosed with embryonal testicular cancer.

"I couldn't believe it," said Phil Kessel. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."

Phil underwent surgery and had his right testicle removed. The surgery was successful, and despite missing 11 regular-season games that year, he went on to win the Masterton Trophy.

Now, seven years later, the cancer survivor is still on the ice. Kessel is also a part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and organization that has raised over $12.8 million for research and cancer care treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Hockey great keeps Hodgkin’s lymphoma in check

Written by Community Health Network on 2/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

For his performance during the 1992-1993 season with the Pittsburg Penguins, back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships and gold medal win in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake, Mario Lemieux earned the name “Super Mario”. But what is truly super about this hockey legend is that he is a cancer survivor.

In 1993 Mario was having the season of his career and was close to establishing a new National Hockey League (NHL) scoring record. Then, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, now known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A cancer of the blood, Hodgkin’s lymphoma develops in the lymph system, part of the body’s immune system. There are two kinds of lymphomas: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s. Both types of lymphoma have similar symptoms and characteristics, which include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats and weight loss.

Mario had discovered a swollen lymph node on the back of his neck that was determined to be cancerous. After its removal he underwent radiation therapy, one of the procedures used to treat this cancer. But, on the morning of March 2, 1993, Mario finished his last radiation treatment, took a plane to Philadelphia, and scored a goal and an assist against the Philadelphia Flyers. Talk about keeping cancer in check!

Mario is now 20 years cancer-free and his personal experience with cancer led him to create his own foundation.

“My battle with Hodgkin’s disease in 1993 made me realize how fragile life can be,” he said. continue reading ...


Testicular cancer can’t slow Kessel down

Written by Community Health Network on 2/16/2014 6:45:00 AM

Phil Kessel, testicular cancer survivor and star hockey player You may know Phil Kessel as the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, or remember him skating his way to a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 with the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team.

What you may not know is that this hat trick-scoring hockey player is also a cancer survivor.

In 2006, as a rookie with the Boston Bruins, Phil detected a small lump in his testicle. He was concerned and approached a physician. After an exam and ultrasound, he was diagnosed with embryonal testicular cancer.

"I couldn't believe it," said Phil Kessel at the time. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."

Phil underwent surgery and had his right testicle removed. Despite missing 11 regular-season games that year, he went on to win the Masterton Trophy.

Now, seven years later, the cancer survivor is attending his second Olympic games. He helped take Team USA to victory over Slovakia and Russia. Kessel is also a part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and organization that has raised over $12.8 million for research and cancer care treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Team USA hockey player, cancer supporter

Written by Community Health Network on 2/10/2014 7:00:00 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues can be seen skating with Team USA in Sochi. But this hockey player is more than a puck-stopping defenseman, he is also a cancer supporter.

Shattenkirk recently learned that his former coach of the Devils Youth Hockey Club, Chad Dlugolecki, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia on January 2. Since learning of the diagnosis he's joined Dlugolecki's support team. He's even shown support of a website created to raise money to help fund the coach's hospital bills and treatment.

"Chad, he had me when I was right around 12-13 all the way up until I was about 16," Shattenkirk told St. Louis' Foxsports.com. "Just a great, great coach. Good motivator. Very passionate about the game and someone that always made the game fun when we were younger and I think that's a very important quality to have as a coach."

Shattenkirk made a donation to his coaches fun, which led to a fan making another in the name of the Blues star. He is happy that people are actively supporting him and his former coach in the fight against cancer. continue reading ...


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