Mitt Romney has been in the news recently with his announcement that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat that is being vacated by longtime Republican senator Orrin Hatch. Before Romney made that announcement, however, he had made another: that he had undergone surgery in the summer of 2017 to address prostate cancer. Well-known urologist Dr. David Samadi recently weighed in on Romney’s prostate cancer prognosis.
Dr. David Samadi specializes in the treatment of prostate cancer. The Iranian-American doctor holds a medical degree from Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. He went on to complete postgraduate training and multiple fellowships, including one in robotic radical prostatectomy at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France.
In a piece for the Huffington Post, Dr. David Samadi said that he believes Romney’s prognosis to be good after surgery. The operation had been performed successfully at UC Irvine Hospital by Dr. Thomas Ahlering.
Romney is far from being alone in his diagnosis of prostate cancer. In 2017, there were more than 161,000 men affected by the disease. It is expected that there will be nearly 165,000 new cases in 2018.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 28, 2018
He is also not the first person in the world of politics to face the disease. Two well-known cases are that of Colin Powell and John Kerry. In both cases, treatment proved successful for the men.
Prostate cancer tends to affect older men. About 60 percent of diagnoses are in men 65 or older. Romney fits within this frame having just turned 70 in 2017.
Men who receive such a diagnosis have some options available as to treatment. Dr. David Samadi stresses that, in his professional capacity as a urologist/oncologist, he makes an effort to discuss these options with his patients so that they clearly understand what lies ahead of them.
For those whose cancer is localized, Dr. David Samadi prefers surgery. That is because studies have shown that in such patients it is a better course than radiation treatment. Survival rates are significantly better in the case of surgery for these patients as well as having less risk of developing a secondary cancer.
The one thing that the doctor would like to stress for all men is that they find a good urologist/oncologist. This is one of the keys to a successful battle against prostate cancer.