Dr. David Samadi is a famous urologist who is board certified to diagnose and treat men with prostate cancer. He recently used the announcement of Mitt Romney’s prostate cancer to educate readers of The Huffington Post on their treatment options. The 2012 Republican candidate for President, Romney had surgery for cancer last summer. Dr. Thomas Ahlering performed the operation at the University of California Irvine Hospital. His prognosis is favorable, and it’s likely he went public with his medical history because he plans to run for senator of the state of Utah when Senator Orrin Hatch retires.
Cancer develops in the prostate mainly of older men. It’s rare in men under 40 years old. 60% of cases are found in men over 65. The average age for a diagnosis is 66. Mitt Romney is 70. The American Cancer Society estimates 164,690 men will receive the diagnosis in the United States in 2018. Autopsies of older men who died of other causes has revealed that many men older than 65 have prostate cancer even though they were never diagnosed and actually died of something else.
Thus, Mitt Romney joins Colin Powell and John Kerry as high-profile men who have had prostate surgery to treat cancer. All three are still alive and living active lives that demonstrate the disease is curable.
Dr. David Samadi has extensive experience treating men with prostate cancer, and in his article says that men who have cancer that remains localized, have an excellent chance of surviving it. For men in that situation, he strongly advises surgery to remove the prostate. That’s because all the cancer cells leave the man’s body with the prostate. Almost all men recover, and then live out the rest of their lives.
The alternative to surgery is radiation treatment, where a radiologist uses controlled doses of radiation to kill cancer cells. According to studies, the men who choose to undergo radiation therapy, have twice the risk of dying.
Dr. David Samadi works at Lenox Hill Hospital as the Chairman of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery. After studying urology at Montefiore Medical Center and proctology at both Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed a fellowship in oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001. In 2002 he completed a fellowship in robotic radical prostatectomy the Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France. Dr. David Samadi first practiced at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. David Samadi’s Social Media: www.youtube.com/user/RoboticOncology