Basso given another all clear after bout with testicular cancer, no further treatment needed
Undergoing another checkup two months after discovering he had testicular cancer and undergoing surgery to address this, Ivan Basso has been given another all clear.
His Tinkoff-Saxo team communicated the news on Tuesday, saying that it felt the latest news drew a line under what he had gone through.
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Basso’s discovery of the problem was a lucky one; he crashed on stage five of the Tour de France and injured his left testicle. The pain didn’t relent in the following days and so he underwent a scan in the mobile medical unit of the Tour on July 12.
One day later he underwent a more thorough assessment in a Pau hospital and, as a result of that diagnosis, withdrew from the Tour. He underwent surgery on July 15, with the affected testicle being removed then.
“The patient has perfectly recovered from the intervention,” stated Professor Francesco Montorsi, the Director of the Urology Surgery Unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, at the time.
“The final histological examination shows, currently, no indication for additional treatment and the patient will be closely observed during the following months.”
It is as a result of these follow-up checks that he has been given the all clear.
Now 37 years of age, the twice Giro d’Italia winner has yet to indicate if he will continue in the peloton. He has another year remaining on his current contract with Tinkoff-Saxo, but said in August that he was still weighing things up.