Recently, former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, announced he had undergone prostate surgery this past summer. This announcement has resulted in rumors that he may be planning to run for the US Senate seat in Utah in the upcoming election. His surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. He is one of many thousands of men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.In January of this year, Dr. David Samadi, a well-renowned Urologist, weighed in on this news and shared his expertise. Dr. David Samadi attended medical school at the Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994. After receiving his M.D., he went on to complete post-graduate training in urology and in proctology. He then moved on to research, completing 2 fellowships, one in proctology and the other in robotic radical prostatectomy. He began his career at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 2007.
Since then, he has had great success in his career. He is currently practicing medicine as the head of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and teaching urology at Hofstra School of Medicine. In the article published, Dr. David Samadi explains that prostate cancer typically develops in older men around the age of 66. At the age of 70, Romney’s diagnosis is not uncommon. In fact, many other politicians have successfully undergone surgery for prostate cancer.Once a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer he often must make the decision between radiation treatment or surgery. There are many pros and cons that must be considered when making this decision. In this article, Dr. David Samadi explains that he often recommends surgery if the cancer is highly localized and has not spread beyond the gland.
This recommendation comes from several studies that have shown that in this scenario surgery may be more effective in treating prostate cancer. Additionally, Dr. Samadi recommends surgery over radiation as patients are more likely to survive, less likely to develop other forms of cancer, and, if cancer returns, then it’s much easier to treat.It is important that all men diagnosed with prostate cancer ask their surgeons about their experience and number of successful surgeries performed, specifically regarding the rate of cancer return, urinary continence, and sexual function after the removal of the prostate. Doing this is extremely important so that patients can find a qualified, experienced urologist/oncologist that can help them make educated and informed decisions about their treatment.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016