Dr. David Samadi, the Chairman of Urology who is also the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, commented on Mitt Romney’s, the Former Republican presidential nominee, prostate cancer. Dr. Thomas Ahlering performed the surgery last summer on Mitt Romney to remove the prostate gland that was growing slowly. The operation took place at UC Irvine Hospital in California. Some believe that Mitt Romney is planning to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Utah.
Mitt Romney, one of the 161,360 men who had prostate cancer in 2017, recovered completely from the surgery. Mitt Romney joins many politicians who were fortunate enough to recover from prostate cancer, to name a few, Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, John Kerry, the 2002 Presidential candidate.
Dr. David Samadi, a graduate of ‘S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed an oncology fellowship at ‘Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’ majoring in proctology, discussed the choices that Mitt Romney had to treat his prostate cancer. Dr. Samadi, a board-certified urologic oncologist, recommends surgery over radiation as the preferred treatment especially if cancer did not spread beyond the prostate gland. Dr. David Samadi cited few studies that showed that removal of the prostate gland is more effective in this situation than radiation.
His reasons for recommending surgery of radiation are:
- treating with radiation causes twice as much death in men who have prostate cancer than men who opted for surgery.
- treating men with radiation can lead to secondary cancer in the bladder or rectum. if cancer comes back after radiation treatment, treatment in the form of surgery will not be an option.
- When the patient is treated with radiation and later on discovers cancer spread to other organs outside the prostate, his survival rate will be much lower, about 30% and the patient may not live more than five years.
- Removing the prostate through surgery have been proven to improve survival rate to 100%.
Dr. David Samadi, one of the most experienced robotic prostate surgeons in the world, recommends that men diagnosed with prostate cancer to find a qualified, experienced urologist/oncologist to educate them to make an informed decision to defeat cancer.
Dr. David Samadi specializes in the use of robotic surgery in the treatments of prostate cancer. In his practice, he strives to treat the patient as a whole and take them through the hardship of the disease to safe future and cancer free.