Prostate cancer is rampant in men who are 65 years or older. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 164,000 new prostate cancer cases in 2018. Mitt Romney recently announced that he has undergone prostate surgery having been diagnosed earlier this year. Other political figures who have undergone successful prostate surgery are Collin Powell in 2003 and former presidential candidate John Kerry in 2002.
The best prostate Cancer Treatment
According to Dr. David Samadi, it is essential for a urologist to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both surgery and radiation treatments with a patient. Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are advised to seek qualified and experienced oncologist who will guide them in the journey of overcoming prostate cancer. The patients should also enquire about the experience of a surgeon and the number of successful surgeries that they have performed. He recommends surgery for cases where cancer has not spread beyond the gland. There are several studies that have shown surgery as being the best treatment.
Why choose surgery?
One of the reasons is because men who choose radiation expose themselves to the side effects of radiation which include the development of secondary cancer. Another reason is if cancer reoccurs, it is difficult to perform surgery. Patients who undergo radiation are one-and-a-half times more likely to die sooner than men who undergo surgery. Such patients are twice likely to die of prostate cancer compared to those treated with surgery. Patients whose cancer is localized have an almost 100% survival rate if the prostate is removed.
More about Dr. David Samadi
The board-certified urologist has over the years performed over 7000 robotic surgeries. He is one of the few doctors in America trained in laparoscopic, surgery-open and robotic. The celebrity surgeon has written many publications and he lectures and trains other urologists on the use of da Vinci robotic surgical system.
Dr. Samadi draws his experience from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital making him a leader in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. He currently serves as the chairman of Urology and chief of Robotic surgery of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has been a host of Sunday House Call on Fox News channel for over four years.
He attended oncology fellowship in proctology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Centre. His postgraduate training in Urology was at Montefiore Medical Centre. He holds a masters degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine and a degree in biochemistry from Stony Broke School of Medicine. Dr. Samadi is the director and founder of Mount Sinai’s Robotic Fellowship Program.