After having successful surgery in the summer of 2017 to treat his prostate cancer, Mitt Romney’s prognosis for survival is good. At least according to celebrity Doctor, Dr. David Samadi. Romney joins the over 161,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 alone.
Approximately 6 in 10 diagnoses involve men who are aged 65 or older. Ex-presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, was 70 at diagnosis and the average age is 66. Colin Powell and John Kerry also survived prostate cancer thanks to choosing the surgical method instead of radiation.
After a patient is diagnosed with prostate cancer, Dr. David Samadi discusses the advantages and disadvantages of every viable treatment option available. He tends to recommend surgery if at all possible as it has less long-term risks and a higher rate of success than radiation. Surgical patients are twice less likely to die than radiation patients for example. If the prostate cancer is able to be localized to just the prostate, surgery can bring almost a 100% survival rate with a lower rate of reoccurrence or secondary cancer.
Dr. David Samadi is a correspondent and expert contributor to Fox News Health. He is also a board-certified urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. At Lenox Hill, he is the Chief of Robotic Surgery and the Chairman of Urology, he brought his entire surgical staff from the Mount Sinai Medical Center also as the Chief of Robotic Surgery and the Vice Chair of Urology as well. Prior to Mount Sinai, Dr. David Samadi also practiced in New York at the Columbian Presbyterian Medical Center as the Director of Laparoscopic Surgery.
He pioneered the SMART technique, or the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment. This method employs the da Vinci robotic system and creates smaller incisions and shorter recovery times than traditional prostate surgery. About 90% of the more than 7,000 patients he has performed the surgery on have come out of it cancer free.
With a medical degree from Stony Brook Medical School, Dr. David Samadi furthered his education with fellowships at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Montefiore Medical Center. His fellowships were in oncology, radical prostatectomy, urology, and proctology.
The Iranian immigrant is married with 2 children, a boy and a girl. He resides in Westbury, New York.