It shows that even after battling a rare form of cancer, you can still return to the field and play professionally in top form.
30-year old New England Revolution striker Charlie Davies knows a thing or two about adversity, especially after almost losing his life in a car accident in Washington, D.C., back in October 2009, where he broke his femur and tibia, including several facial fractures, a fractured left elbow, a lacerated bladder, and bleeding on the brain.
Despite all that, he carried on his soccer career and thrived. Lately, his diagnosis and later treatment of a rare form of cancer called liposarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer, which was discovered after a groin injury while playing the Portland Timbers.
What is Liposarcoma?
According to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, liposarcoma is a rare form of cancer of the connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope, with more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity.
While most tumors of the arms and legs can be successfully removed while sparing the involved limb, in roughly 5% of cases, an amputation is the best way to completely remove the cancer and restore the patient to a functional life. However, this scenario is rarer that it seems. Also chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used in addition to removing the tumor.
The prognosis for liposarcoma is reported based on disease subtype. Five-year disease specific survival rates (chances of not dying from cancer-related causes) are as follows: 100% in well-differentiated liposarcoma, 88% in myxoid liposarcoma, and 56% in pleomorphic liposarcoma. Ten-year survival rates are 87% in well-differentiated liposarcoma, 76% in myxoid liposarcoma and 39% in pleomorphic liposarcoma.
Charlie Davies has had to deal with other issues with his liposarcoma treatment.
The biggest thing he had to deal with while undergoing his treatment for liposarcoma, was the loss of one his testicles in order to operate on the tumor. Yes, a footballer playing with only one ball, but he is in remission and despite missing a total of 15 games and his wife giving birth to two prematurely born boys, Rhys and Dakota, he is optimistic and grateful to be back to the game he loves.