Cancer is no respecter of who a person is. It strikes all classes and kinds of people equally. Women celebrities get breast cancer just as ordinary women do, and famous men get prostate cancer just as often as ordinary men.
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— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 2, 2018
In a recent article in The Huffington Post, prominent urologist Dr. David Samadi gives terrific advice to men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Not long ago, the 2012 Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, announced that last summer he had prostate surgery because doctors found a slow-growing tumor in it. This is seen as an indicator that Romney plans to run for Utah Senator Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat when Hatch retires. Romney is 70.
However, it’s also a public service to other older men to let them know they can survive prostate cancer and continue to live an active life. Other prominent examples of such men include General Colin Powell and John Kerry when he was running for president in 2004. All three of them are well and active.
Dr. David Samadi points out that when he treats men just diagnosed with prostate cancer, he clearly explains their treatment options, based on thee cancer’s stage. A lot depends on whether or not the cancer has spread beyond the prostate. As a general rule, a cancer that has metastasized and spread into the patient’s body is always more difficult to treat successfully than a cancer that remains in just one organ.
If the cancer remains confined to inside the man’s prostate when it’s diagnosed, surgery is generally the better option. That’s because removing the prostate removes all the cancer cells. The alternative to surgery is radiation. However, studies show that radiation is far less effective for treating localized prostate cancer than radiation. Men treated with radiation instead of surgery are twice as likely to die.
Dr. David Samadi serves as the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. David Samadi is board certified for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. He was born in Iran, a Persian Jew. After the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah in 1979, he and his family fled the country. He wound up going to high school in Roslyn, New York. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University. He graduated from Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994. He trained in urology at Montefiore Medical Center.
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