Mitt Romney, the former presidential nominee, recently disclosed information regarding surgery he underwent last summer in order to remove a slow-growing tumor that was spotted earlier in the year. His decision to disclose this information may have some implications on his decision to run for the United States Senate as a representative of Utah, who’ll have a vacant seat once Orrin Hatch steps down. In 2017 alone, over 160,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that number is expected to rise by a few thousand in 2018.
Prostate cancer is usually found in older men, with 60 percent of cases affecting men over the age of 65. While the average age of diagnosis is 66, it could occur at any age, although it is rare in individuals under the age of 40. Mitt Romney, who turned 70 in March of 2017, joins a list of politicians who have successful overcome prostate cancer through surgical procedures, including former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who underwent surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as well as John Kerry, who was diagnosed in 2002, while running for President of the United States.
According to Dr. David Samadi, if a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are generally two options for treatment, albeit with significantly different results. One must choose as to whether they will undergo surgery, which is most effective if the cancer is localized in one area, or receive radiation therapy, which is more effective if cancer has spread. Dr. Samadi always chooses to discuss the pros and cons of each decision in order to give them a clear view of the battle that they will be facing. Dr. Samadi is a staunch proponent of surgery over radiation, as research has shown that those who receive radiation are two times as likely to succumb to the disease, and one-and-a-half times likely to live a shorter life when compared to surgery. Radiation may also expose the patient to secondary cancers and if radiation is chosen first, surgery may not be a viable option if cancer returns.
Dr. David Samadi is a celebrity doctor and urologist that is trained in the diagnosis of a number of urologic diseases, as well as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer. He earned his M.D. from the Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994 and went on to complete his postgraduate training at Montefiore Medical School.