Dr. David Samadi on Mitt Romney’s Prostate Cancer Prognosis
Dr. David Samadi has many titles, one of them being a major contributor for Fox News Health at Fox News Channel. In addition, he is a Professor of Urology at Hofstra School of Medicine, the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is a well-respected Urologist that has recently spoken on the topic of Mitt Romney’s prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a worry for males of all ages, especially as they become older they become more susceptible to prostate cancer. Having a success story from someone as high profile as Mitt Romney give men all over the world hope that their own situations will turn out for the better.
Dr. David Samadi expressed his opinion that Mr. Romney did the best procedures possible for his condition. Mr. Romney was diagnosed with a slow-growing tumor in the prostate. Prostate cancer is most common in males over 65 years of age, it is not often found in males under 40 years old. He recommends that men between the ages of 40 and 50 get regular examinations.
Upon the diagnosis of prostate cancer, or most cancers, the patient has some decisions to make. Usually, they come down to deciding on whether to have surgery or undergo radiation treatment. Dr. David Samadi believes n always educating his patients on their choices, but studies have found surgery to lead to the better overall prognosis of the disease. Dr. David Samadi recommends surgery over radiation commonly because patients treated with radiation are one and a half times more likely to die sooner than men that opted for surgery. In addition to this factor, the use of radiation therapy opens the doors for new cancers to develop in the bladder or rectum due to exposure to DNA damage.
Dr. David Samadi also recommends that men with localized cancer have the entire prostate removed, this procedure has close to a 0% morbidity rate. He also suggests that patients choose their surgeons with care and not to be afraid to ask about sexual functioning after everything is said and done.
Dr. David Samadi believes that Mr. Romney and many other prominent men did the right thing in choosing a great surgeon to remove their cancers. He believes that they made well-informed decisions and found experienced urology oncologists to help them along the way.