Former national handball player Klaus-Dieter Petersen has made cancer public. In an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”, the 54-year-old European champion from 2004 reported that prostate cancer was discovered during a check-up last September.
“I survived the operation and the rehab well,” said the former defender of the German record champions THW Kiel. The abdomen is healing, but he assumes that he will not be able to use the abdominal muscles properly for another six months. “The abdomen is fuller Scars, so I felt a bit like Swiss cheese at first,” he said.
The cancer was discovered at an early stage, so the lymphatic system was not affected and radiation or chemotherapy was not necessary. “With the Da Vinci method, in which a robot supports the surgeon, we have succeeded in sparing the nerve tracts that are important for continence and erectile function,” reported Petersen.
Based on his experience, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2003 World Championship silver medalist advised men to take precautions. “Early detection is the be-all and end-all. I can only advise everyone to keep to the preventive examinations. If, like me, something comes out of it, you have a chance to be cured,” said Petersen.
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