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Dr. David Samadi Writes About Prominent Politicians Who Have Had Prostate Cancer

In a Huffpost article world-renowned urologist Dr. David Samadi contributed an article about prostate cancer. He started out by writing about Mitt Romney recently revealing he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said that he had surgery in California UC Irvine Hospital. It’s expected that he revealed this information because he will be running for the open United States Senate seat in his home state of Utah.

Prostate cancer affects a lot of men. There were a bit over 160,000 men who were diagnosed to have this type of cancer in 2017. It mostly affects older men (past age 65) and relatively few men under the age of 40. Dr. David Samadi writes that other well-known politicians have also been diagnosed with this. One of these men is former Secretary of State Colin Powell who had surgery for this disease in 2003. John Kerry, a former U.S. Senator and Democratic candidate for President, was treated for prostate cancer in 2002.

There are two ways to treat prostate cancer, he says. You can either have surgery or be treated with radiation. While there are pros and cons to both methods, Dr. David Samadi says that if the cancer is still localized he thinks that surgery is the way to go. The reason for this is that someone who receives radiation as their treatment is twice as likely to die from cancer than those who elect for surgery. He also says that when choosing the urologist that will perform the surgery you definitely need to find out how many times they’ve performed prostate surgery and what their success rate is.

Dr. David Samadi earned his MD in oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2002. It was while attending that school that he became a member of the American Urologist Association Society of Urologic Oncology. His first stop in his professional career was at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City. He was the director of laparoscopic surgery there for almost five years. He then joined Mount Sinai Medical Center as their chief of robotic surgery. Later on he was also given the role of vice chair of urology at this hospital.

In June 2013, he joined Lenox Hill Hospital. He is the chairman of urology and the chief of robotic surgery. He has now performed almost 7000 prostate surgeries while being assisted by robotics. He has built a core surgical team, as well, to assist him.

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