Dr. David Samadi recently wrote an article about Mitt Romney and prostate cancer for Huffpost. He says that Mitt Romney had put out a press release which said that he had been diagnosed with a slow-growing tumor in his prostate. He had undergone surgery at UC Irvine Hospital and the operation was a success. Dr. David Samadi believes that this announcement was made because Mitt Romney has plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat the will be vacant in the upcoming 2018 election. He likey wanted to get ahead of the story.
Prostate cancer usually affects older men with 6 in 10 cases being men over the age of 65. Very few men develop this disease before 40 years old, he says. He said there have been more than a few politicians that have dealt with this disease such as Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, and John Kerry who had been a Senator and candidate for President of the United States.
When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer he has a few options, Dr. David Samadi says. He can choose to have it treated either with radiation or surgery. There are pros and cons to each, he writes, that he informs each of his patients about. He says that surgery is really the best options for most men, though, as survival rates are higher according to several studies which have been conducted.
Dr. David Samadi says that men who choose to treat prostate cancer with radiation are facing odds that they are twice as likely to die as someone that instead chose surgery. There are issues with surgery but he is developing a revolutionary way to mitigate these risks called SMART. It uses precision robot surgery that avoids damaging nerves in the area.
As the chief of robotic surgery and chairman of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. David Samadi has performed thousands of prostate surgeries using advanced robotics. Prior to working at Lenox Hill Hospital he had also worked at Mount Sinai Hospital where he had leading roles as well. His specialty is minimally invasive surgery which allows the patient to get back to life as swiftly as possible. Dr. David Samadi was originally born in Iran but he emigrated to America while he was still a teen. He earned his undergraduate at B.S. Stony Brook University and his M.D. at Montefiore Medical Center.