Mitt Romney, the former nominee for the United States Presidency, recently went on record to discuss a recent surgical procedure regarding prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with last year. The removal of the slow-growing tumor seems to signify Mitt Romney’s intention to run for the United States Senate seat that will soon be vacated by Utah Senator, Orrin Hatch. The surgery, which proved to be a resounding success, was performed at UC Irvine Hospital by Dr. Thomas Aherling. In 2017 alone, more than 160,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that number is expected to climb by a substantial margin in 2018.
Prostate cancer usually develops in men over the age of 65, with 66 being the average number, while it is much rarer in men under the age of 40. Mitt Romney, who turned 70 in March of last year, was not the first politician to successfully undergo surgery, as he joined the likes of Colin Powell, who was treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as well as John Kerry, who was diagnosed during his run for the presidency in 2002.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016
According to Dr. David Samadi, when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, the two most effective options are surgery or radiation therapy. Dr. Samadi always chooses to discuss the pros and cons of each option, as making the correct decision is of significant consequence. He is a staunch proponent of using surgery to combat the disease, particularly when it remains localized, as studies have proven that, when this is the case, surgery has been decidedly more effective. The likelihood of a person succumbing to prostate cancer is two times greater with radiation therapy, and this form of treatment may come with deadly side effects, the most severe of which can be secondary rectal or bladder cancer. Those who opt to have surgery as opposed to radiation treatment, have nearly a 100 percent chance of survival, while those who choose radiation, can have as low as a 30 percent chance, particularly when it is chosen as the first option.
Dr. David Samadi is a celebrity doctor who holds the distinction of being the Chief of Robotic Surgery, as well as the Chairman of Urology for Lenox Hill Hospital. Specializing in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Samadi was recognized as the highest paid doctor in New York City in 2012.