A prostate cancer diagnosis is concerning, even if you are the former nominee for President by the Republican party Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney had surgery, a prostatectomy, in 2017 at UC Irvine Hospital after being diagnosed earlier that year. According to the American Cancer Society, 161,360 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer that year alone and in 2018 that statistic is estimated to reach 164,690. He joins politicians John Kerry and Colin Powell as men who have also had their prostate cancer treated with surgery. Dr. David Samadi, Fox News Health Correspondent and surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, says the prognosis after surgery looks cancer-free for Mitt Romney.
If cancer is limited only to the prostate, Dr. David Samadi will almost always recommend surgery over radiation for his patients as the risks and side effects are much less with surgery. In fact, radiation patients are 2 times more likely to die from prostate cancer and 1.5 times more likely to have a shorter life after initial treatment than men who went with surgery.
A huge risk with radiation is the chance of secondary cancer like rectal and bladder developing from the radiation side effects. If cancer occurs outside of the prostate, there is a smaller than 30% chance of living more than 5 years after it’s found. It’s also extremely difficult to do the surgery post radiation.
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Urology at Lenox Hill as well as the Chief of Robotic Surgery, he also held this position at Mount Sinai hospital. When Dr. David Samadi went to Lenox Hill, he took his surgical staff with him. The Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment (SMART) was developed by Samadi for use with the da Vinci robotic surgical system. He has performed well over 7,000 robotic surgeries with a 90% success rate of being completely cancer free afterward.
A member of the American Medical Association, he earned his M.D. at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 1994. Additionally, he is a member of the American Urological Association. He had training in urology and proctology from Montefiore Medical Center the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. David Samadi’s 2 fellowships were completed in radical prostatectomy and oncology from Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France and Memorial Sloan Cancer Center.
Samadi lives with his wife in Old Westbury, New York. The Samadis have two children, a girl and a boy.