Mitt Romney’s prospects for surviving prostate cancer look good after successfully receiving treatment to remove the prostate after being diagnosed in 2017 according to Dr. David Samadi, internationally known urologist and proctologist. The former Republican presidential nominee joined the approximately 161,360 newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients that year alone. Romey was 70 at diagnosis, approximately 6 in 10 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are 65 or older at diagnosis.
Upon diagnosis, Mitt Romney joined other politicians diagnosed with prostate cancer including Colin Powell and John Kerry. John Kerry was diagnosed in 2002 while running for President of the United States while Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, was diagnosed in 2003. All three politicians chose to have their prostate removed to treat their cancer and all three surgeries were successful.
Dr. David Samadi, the Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Fox News Health Correspondent, insists that surgery is the best option as long as the cancer is localized to the prostate as it decreases the chance of the cancer spreading significantly. If radiation is chosen over surgery, in this case, there is a likelihood of developing a secondary cancer such as bladder or rectal from the effects of the radiation. Unfortunately, once radiation has been performed it makes performing the surgery afterward very difficult. The chances of surviving prostate cancer for more than five years if it spreads after radiation is less than 30%.
Samadi earned his medical degree at Stony Brook Medical School after completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University. The first institution Samadi practiced at was Columbia Presbyterian Hospital before he was given a position at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. At Mt. Sinai he earned the positions of Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery as well as the Vice Chair of the Department of Urology. Incidentally, when Dr. David Samadi joined Lenox Hill he moved his entire award-winning team with him. Before he moved to Lenox Hill, he earned $7.6 million a year. In New York, he was the highest paid doctor in 2012.
Samadi has been published multiple times and is frequently invited as an expert on Fox News for many different health-related issues. He often presents his clinical research at many different medical conferences, both nationally and internationally.
Learn more about him: https://www.northwell.edu/find-care/locations/lenox-hill-hospital/prostate-cancer-center