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.
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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.
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