Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, recently decided to go public about his recent prostate cancer surgery involving a slow-growing tumor that had been discovered earlier in the year. This public announcement seems to be a signifier of Mitt Romney’s intention to run for the soon to be vacant Utah Senate seat. The surgery, which was successful, was performed by Dr. Thomas Aherling, at UC Irvine Hospital, which is located in California. In 2017, there were in excess of 160,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, and in 2018, that number is expected to increase significantly.
Prostate cancer usually affects men later in life, as 6 in 10 cases are attributed to men aged 65 or older. While cancer can technically strike at practically any age, the cancer is rarely known to affect men before the age of 40. Mitt Romney joins a slew of politicians that have survived the disease, including the former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, as well as John Kerry, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer during his run for the presidential candidacy in 2002.
According to celebrity doctor, David Samadi, when faced with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, there are really only two effective options, of which the results may vary significantly. Due to the magnitude of the diagnosis, Dr. Samadi always chooses to discuss the options with his patients, weighing the pros and cons of undergoing surgery or receiving radiation therapy. He then determines whether the cancer is localized, or has spread to the body, which has a great effect on which option is best for the most effective treatment of the disease. In his professional opinion, surgery is most often the way to go, as it includes a myriad of advantages over radiation therapy, most importantly, an increased likelihood of survival, as well as a longer projection regarding lifespan. Surgery also provides nearly a 100 percent survival rate, whereas radiation can only provide about a 30 percent chance of survival if radiation is chosen first, and cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland.
Dr. David Samadi is a celebrity doctor who holds the titles of Chief of Robotic Surgery, as well as Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Dr. Samadi garnered his M.D. from Stony Brook School of Medicine and continued his postgraduate training at Montefiore Medical Center, located in the Bronx, New York.