Mitt Romney, recently disclosed that he had prostate surgery last year on a tumor that was slowly growing before it was taken care of. It is likely that he did so because he plans on running for the United States Senate in Utah once the seat is vacated. Dr. David Samadi revealed that Dr. Thomas Ahlering from UC Irvine Hospital completed the surgery, and he also revealed that Mitt is in good shape now. In 2017 there were more than 161,000 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and in 2018 it is expected that there will be over 164,000 men diagnosed with the disease. It is unique for men under the age of 40 to get prostate cancer, but 60% of men over the age of 65 do.
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Mitt Romney was 70 years old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but he isn’t the only politician to come out of prostate cancer surgery with good news. Colin Powell, in 2003, had his prostate gland removed, and John Kerry, during his presidential run, also underwent surgery for prostate cancer and never had any issues after. The truth is, there are two options for a man to consider once he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Dr. David Samadi has commented on the fact that he always goes over these options with his patients, which are radiation treatment or surgery. If the prostate cancer has not spread beyond itself, Dr. Samadi usually recommends his patients to get surgery.
Dr. David Samadi has talked about the reasons why he recommends surgery over radiation in most cases. One of these reasons is that men who receive radiation are two times as likely to die afterwards from the cancer and just a bit less likely to die earlier than men who had surgery. Exposure to radiation can also cause other kinds of cancer, and patients who first get radiation therapy have a much harder time being good candidates for surgery afterwards.
Dr. David Samadi is the Chief of Robotic Surgery and the Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was born in Iran but moved to Belgium, London, and then the United States after leaving the country during the Iranian Revolution. He studied at Stony Brook University in New York where he earned a degree in biochemistry and went on the receive his M.D. from New York’s S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine.
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