Prostate cancer is one of the most common and deadly cancers that affects older men. For former Presidental candidate Mitt Romney, a prostate cancer diagnosis required quick action. The story of Mr. Romney’s treatment and recovery was recently recapped by Prostate Surgeon Dr. David Samadi in article which appeared in the Huffington Post.
Last summer, former Presidental candidate Mitt Romney underwent a prostate procedure to treat a slow-growing tumor. Mr. Romney was able to recover just in time for him to consider running for a Senate seat in Utah. The procedure was handled by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at the University of California Hospital in Irvine.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in older man. The prevalence rate, according to Dr. David Samadi, is about 161,000 new diagnosis per year. That number is estimated to rise about to about 164,000 new cases in 2018.
While Mr. Romney was one of the most prominent politicians to be treated for prostate cancer, he is not the only one. According to Dr. Samadi, former Secretary of State Colin Powell had a procedure to remove his prostate gland in 2002. Additionally, former Presidential candidate John Kerry was also treated for prostate cancer in 2003. Having reviewed many prostate cases, Dr. Samadi is an advocate of surgery over radiation. One of the biggest reasons for surgery, according to Dr. Samadi, is the increased mortality risk for patients treated with radiation. In fact, a patient treated with radiation for prostate cancer is twice as likely to die than patients treated with surgery.
Dr. Samadi estimates that if a tumor is localized and treated with surgery, then the chances of survival would be at about 100%. On the other hand, Dr. Samadi estimates that those who opt for radiation have a 30% chance of 5-year survival if that tumor continues to spread throughout the body. Dr. David Samadi is a certified Prostate Surgeon who has performed over 7,000 procedures in his career. Dr. Samadi received his training in protology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Afterward, Dr. Samadi received training to perform robotic surgery on prostate patients. Today, Dr. Samadi is the only prostate surgeon in New York to perform procedures using the SMART surgery technique on the da Vinci robotic system.