Lance Armstrong to Visit OHSU

09/07/99    Portland, Ore.

Bicyclist Will Receive Checkup after Conquering Cancer and the Tour de France.


Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor/Tour de France winner


Oregon Cancer Center at OHSU, Hatfield Bldg. 14th Floor


Wednesday, September 8, 9:30 - 10 a.m.

When Lance Armstrong first learned he had advanced testicular cancer in October 1996, doctors gave him a 50 percent chance of surviving. Three years later, the cyclist continued to beat the odds by winning the cycling world's most prestigious event, the Tour de France.

On Wednesday, September 8, Armstrong will visit Oregon Health Sciences University for a checkup with his physician, Craig Nichols, M.D., associate director of clinical research at the Oregon Cancer Center. The two met soon after Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer while Nichols was working at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Nichols arrived at OHSU in 1998.

In the initial rounds of his treatment, Armstrong had a testicle removed, underwent brain surgery and endured months of chemotherapy. While all traces of his cancer have disappeared, he continues to do battle with the disease. In its three years of existence, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised more than $400,000 for cancer research and treatment. It is led by an advisory board of world-renowned cancer specialists, including Nichols.

"I was, naturally, in awe and elated with his recovery," said Nichols. "Perhaps most gratifying was the message this sends to cancer patients and cancer survivors. Cancer can be cured and cancer research is vital to establishing those cures. There is life, including the most full lives imaginable, after cancer and cancer treatment."

The news conference will take place at the Oregon Cancer Center, a designated center of the National Cancer Institute. It is the only NCI-designated cancer center between Seattle and Los Angeles. The center investigates genetic origins and biologic pathways of cancer that can lead to treatments for various diseases.

Due to time constraints, Lance Armstrong will not be available for one-on-one interviews outside of the news conference.