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Dr. David Samadi Breaks Down Mitt Romney’s Prostate Prognosis

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Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate a few weeks ago made a public announcement revealing that he had undergone prostate surgery following a slow-growing tumor which his doctors had diagnosed him with last year.

We recently got a chance to speak to Dr. David Samadi about prostate cancer and Mitt Romney’s case. Dr. Samadi is currently the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is also the professor of Urology at Hofstra School of medicine. During our interview with him, he shed light on various issues regarding Mitt Romney’s prognosis.

The first thing he talked about is that prostate cancer develops in older men. It is estimated that six out of ten who are 65 years and above suffer from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is not common for men aged 40 and below. Most men are however diagnosed at the age of 66. Mitt Romney is currently 70 years.

Surgery and Radiation

According to Dr. Samadi, when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has to choose a specific type of treatment either radiation or surgery. “As a urologist, it is my practice to always take the patient through all the pros and cons of both treatments and allow them to make an informed decision” commented Dr. David Samadi. Studies have however shown that prostate cancer victims who opt for surgery treatment do well compared to those who opt for radiation.

Dr. Samadi says that he has several reasons as to why he would recommend surgery over radiation. He says that the likelihood of patients treated with surgery dying is lower compared to prostate cancer patients treated with radiation. Secondly, he says that men who are treated with radiation have likely to expose themselves to secondary cancer such as rectal or bladder cancer as a result of radiation side effects.

Race for the U.S Senate

Most political analysts view Romney’s announcement as an indication that he would run for Utah Senatorial seat which will soon be vacated by the current occupant, Orrin Hatch. It is also worth noting that Romney isn’t the first politician to make public his cancer treatment status.

Former Secretary of State, Collin Powel also underwent surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical center to remove his prostate gland in 2003. Besides, in 2002 while running for the post of president, John Kerry was told by his doctors that he was suffering from prostate cancer. He was treated with surgery and got healed.

Dr. David Samadi’s Social Media: www.youtube.com/user/RoboticOncology

Eric Lefkofsky is Helping to Transform the Way We Treat Cancer

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Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, which is a company that is building the world’s largest database of information to advance the treatment of cancer. Not only is Tempus lowering the cost of genome mapping and sequencing, but it is also combining molecular data about cancer patients with clinical information to give physicians a fuller picture of the possible treatments or methods they might be able to use to make real-time decisions that enable them to better treat individual cases of cancer. Eric was inspired to begin his journey into aiding with the battle against cancer, because someone close to him experienced, first-hand, the lack of high-quality treatment that he feels should be available to anyone who has to deal with the life-threatening disease.

After starting out his professional life by selling carpet, Eric Lefkofsky went on to graduate law school and start a business with his college friend, Brad Keywell. For many years following this, they both ended up investing in many of the same businesses, together, and many of these were very successful. One of these ventures was Groupon, which became a huge success and ended up earning Lefkofsky millions of dollars. Another one of the more recent companies that Lefkofsky has started is Tempus, which is a company that looks to help physicians combat cancer by providing them with an information network that offers them information about specific past cases of cancer so they can apply the knowledge to current patients.

Aside from his business dealings, Eric Lefkofsky is a philanthropist who hopes to help as many people as possible in his lifetime. It was for this reason that His wife and himself started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The Foundation is a private charity that aims to support initiatives, programs, and research that makes life for humans much easier. Eric and the Foundation donate to educational programs like the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, health programs including Planned Parenthood, medical groups like the American Brain Tumor Association, and different arts and culture initiatives and programs including the Steppenwolf Theater. Eric also supports the community of Chicago that he lives in and calls his home.

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