Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential nominee, has recently announced that he underwent prostate surgery last summer after he was diagnosed with a slow-growing tumor. Disclosing his past health history is seen as an indication of his interest in running for U.S Senate seat in Utah to replace Orrin Hatch who is vacating soon.
Dr. Thomas Ahlering successfully performed the surgery at UC Irvine Hospital in California. Mitt Romney prognosis was good, and he is now part of 161,360 other men who have been diagnosed in 2017 with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society in 2018 is estimating a prostate cancer confirmation to over 164, 690 new cases.
Prostate cancer mainly develops in older men in the average age of 66 years, and it is rare before the age of 40. Romney in March 2017, turned 70. Romney joins other politicians who have in the past undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, underwent surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2003 top remove his prostate gland, John Kerry, while running for office in 2002, underwent surgery after receiving news he had prostate cancer.
Once diagnosed with prostate cancer one has two options, either to undergo surgery or radiation treatment. Dr. Samadi being an oncologist/urologist discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each choice for the patient to decide. Recommends surgery over radiation if the prostate cancer is localized and had not spread beyond the gland.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016
There are several reasons why surgery is better over radiation. Patients treated with radiation have twice the likely hood to die from the prostate cancer, radiation exposes patients to developing secondary cancer from the radiation side effects, and tumor removed with surgery guarantees almost 100% survival rate.
About Dr. David Samadi
Dr. David Samadi was born and raised in Iran to a Jewish community. Following the 1979 revolution, at the age of 15, he was forced leave Iran to Belgium together with his brother. He is a certified urologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the bladder, kidney, prostate and urologic diseases.
Dr. Samadi cleared his high school education in the United States at Roslyn, New York. He attended Stony Broke University on a full scholarship and received a degree in biochemistry. In 1994, he received his master’s degree from Stony Brook’s School of Medicine.
David Samadi has conducted over 700 robotic prostate surgeries, and he is a leader at Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy and in prostate cancer treatment. He is currently serving as Urology chair and works at Lenox Hill Hospital as the chief of robotic surgery of urology.