Dr. David Samadi, the Celebrity Urologist
Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate, was treated last summer after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. The surgical procedure was performed successfully at UC Irvine Hospital in California by Dr. Thomas Ahlering. Romney’s prognosis is believed to be good, and he joins 161,360 other men who also got prostate cancer diagnosis in 2017. The American Cancer Society is approximating roughly 164,690 new prostate cancer cases in 2018.
According to Dr. David Samadi, prostate cancer occurs mostly in older men. Approximately 6 out of 10 cases get diagnosed in men who are 65 years old and above, and it’s rare before the age of 40. For most men, the average age at diagnosis is around 66, and Romney turned 70 years in March 2017.
Mitt is not the only politician who got a successfully treated for prostate cancer. In 2003, State Colin Powell’s former Secretary underwent a surgical procedure at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to take off his prostate gland. Back in 2002, John Kerry was running for U.S President when he got news that he had gotten a prostate cancer diagnosis. Kerry was treated successfully with surgery as well and has not had any recurrence ever since.
Once a man gets a prostate cancer diagnosis, one of the decisions he has to make is choosing radiation or surgery for treatment. According to Dr. David Samadi, if cancer has not gone beyond the gland or is within the prostate, an operation is the best option. Various studies have indicated that prostate cancer patients whose disease is only within the prostate gland get better with surgery as opposed to radiation treatment.
Men who go for radiation treatment may be exposing themselves to getting secondary cancer, like rectal or bladder cancer due to the possible side effects the medication can deliver to that part of the body. When a man opts for radiation over surgery treatment, and cancer recurs, it is complicated to perform a surgical procedure after radiation.
Dr. David Samadi is a famous doctor, a certified urologist who specializes in the analysis and treatment of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and urologic diseases. After his high school education, David went to Stony Broke University where he studied his biochemistry degree on a full scholarship. In 1994, he got a masters’ degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. David Samadi finished his postgraduate Urology training at Montefiore Medical Center.
Samadi is a leader in Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy and the treatment of prostate cancer and has done more than 7000 robotic prostate procedures. He is an international lecturer as well and has authored many publications, including Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, World Journal of Urology, Journal of Robotic Surgery, and articles in Urologic Oncology.