Dr. David Samadi’s Advice

Dr. David Samadi writes that last summer Mitt Romney underwent a prostate surgery to remove a tumor he had previously been diagnosed with. The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. This is a growing medical issue. Studies show that besides Romney, there were 161, 360 cases of it in 2017. These expert studies estimate that around 164, 690 new cases will be confirmed in 2018. Although earlier aged men can get it, most prostate cancer develops in men over the age of 40.

Other politicians have also been known to need the surgery. In 2002, John Kerry was diagnosed with prostate cancer while still running for the presidency. Back in 2003, another politician, Secretary of State Colin Powell had a prostate surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has to decide if he wants to treat it via surgery or radiation. It is only localized within the prostate, surgery is best. If at all possible, surgery is best since the patient almost always reacts to it better.

In addition, patients who treat with radiation are twice as likely to die from cancer. By using radiation, a patient might be shooting themselves in the foot by making another cancer with the radiation. If radiation is chosen and the cancer returns, surgery is usually not a possibility at all. Successful surgeries always result in a better sexual function, lower chance of cancer return, and urinary continence. All of the politicians mentioned chose surgery and all of them had successful ones.

Samadi was born and raised in Iran. He left during the Iranian Revolution in 1979. He is famous for his work as Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has also served as Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LU School of Medicine. He should definitely be listened to when he offers any kind of medical advice. He has studied his craft a lot. After he left Iran, he had traveled the world studying medicine in London, Belgium, and the U.S. He settled down for good in the U.S.



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