For any patient, the most difficult decision one has to make is the type of treatment to undertake after a diagnosis has been made. The decision becomes even more harder to make when the diagnosis is prostate cancer. This, however need not be the case.

According to Dr. David Samadi, a world-renowned urologic oncologist, the choice for either surgery or radiation for prostate cancer treatment is heavily dependent on what stage the cancer is at the time of diagnosis. He says doctors should always take time to discuss the pros and cons for both treatment methods with the patient. This, he says, allows the patient to better understand what they are facing and the magnitude of their final decision.

Dr David Samadi, who has treated over 7,000 cancer patients says he recommends surgery for most, especially in cases where the cancer is localized in the prostate. He says that patients who undergo surgery recover faster than those who choose radiation, and have a higher survival rate of almost 100%. Dr David Samadi says he prefers surgery over radiation, as radiation exposes patients to the risk of developing secondary cancers due to its possible side effects. He argues that once a patient undergoes radiation as a first option in the treatment of prostate cancer, it becomes very difficult to perform surgery on them in the event that the cancer comes back.

Dr David Samadi wrote this in an article commenting on Mitt Romney’s prostate cancer, whose prognosis he termed as good after being successfully treated with surgery. He also cited two other politicians, Colin Powell and John Kerry, both of whom have undergone successful prostate cancer treatment through surgery.

Dr David Samadi is a trained urologic surgeon who has trained extensively in oncology, laparoscopic, open and robotic surgeries.He specializes in the diagnosis of urologic diseases, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer. He currently serves as the Chairman of Urology, and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

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