Prostate cancer is among the fatal diseases affecting older men. Numerous people have been diagnosed with the illness among them prominent leaders. However, with the advancement in treatment methods, a significant number of affected individuals have had the disease cured. Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee is among the 161,360 men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. Recently, however, Mitt announced to have undergone surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery which was done by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital, California was successful.
Besides Mitt Romney, Colin Powel: former Secretary of State underwent a similar surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in 2003. John Kerry was also diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was running for United States Presidency. Fortunately, he underwent surgery and the illness hasn’t recurred since 2002.
As pointed out by Dr. David Samadi, the American Cancer Society has approximated around 164,690 new diagnoses of the illness this year. In most cases, individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer are those around 65 years and above with 66 years being the average age.
Before starting treatment, Dr. David Samadi takes his time to explain to his patient the pros and cons of the treatment methods. This way, individuals can understand what to expect. In cases where the tumor hasn’t grown deeply or spread to nearby parts, Samadi recommends both surgery and radiation. According to several studies, combining the two methods have proven to be more effective for patients with the disease contained in their prostate glands.
Dr. David Samadi, however, recommends surgery over radiation. The reason is that the side effects of radiation expose patients to the risk of developing secondary cancer such as rectal, or bladder cancer. Another reason is that if cancer comes back after radiation, it becomes almost impossible to perform surgery. Additionally, prostate cancer patients who undergo radiation treatment have a shorter lifespan and fewer chances of survival compared to those who undergo surgery. David Samadi advises men diagnosed with prostate cancer to consider the oncologist’s experience and qualifications. Knowledgeable practitioners will guide them successfully throughout the treatment process and help them make informed decisions.
After graduating with a degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University, Samadi went to Stony Brook School of Medicine. He later joined Montefiore Medical Centre and Albert College of Medicine to sharpen his professional skills. Samadi served as the Chief of Robotic Surgery and Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is known for his innovative surgical developments and consistent health advises through his blog and radio shows.