A prostate cancer diagnosis can be worrying for anyone, but Dr. David Samadi believes former Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney made the right decision by choosing surgery instead of radiation to treat his disease. He joins politicians John Kerry and Colin Powell as they both chose surgery to remove their prostate cancer. After successfully undergoing surgery at UC Irvine Hospital, his prognosis is good according to Dr. David Samadi.
At the age of 70, Mitt Romney fits the statistic of 6 in 10 men being 65 or older at diagnosis. The average of at diagnosis is 66. 161,360 men in 2017 were diagnosed with prostate cancer according to the American Cancer Society with an estimated 164,690 diagnoses in 2018.
Dr. David Samadi makes sure to inform his patients of the pros and cons of radiation and surgery, but will almost always recommend surgery over radiation if it’s a viable option. If cancer is managed to be localized to just the prostate, surgery to remove the diseased organ can result in a nearly 100% survival rate. Radiation can cause secondary cancer, if this happens there is less than a 30% chance of survival for more than 5 years. These secondary cancers can include bladder and rectal cancer.
The creator of the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment, or SMART, has performed well over 7,000 prostate cancer surgeries in the past decade and about 90% of these patients were cancer-free due to surgery. Also, Dr. David Samadi’s SMART system allows for much smaller incision sites making healing time shorter.
Dr. David Samadi received his education at Stony Brook University, earning his medical degree at Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994. He received additional training in proctology and urology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore medical center. Dr. Daid Samadi also completed two fellowships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in oncology and robotic radical prostatectomy. At Henri Mondor, he was mentored by Professor Claude Abbou.
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York was the first hospital he practiced out of. He was the director of laparoscopic surgery at Presbyterian before leaving to work at Mount Sinai in 2007. When he made the move to Lenox Hill Hospital, he brought his surgical staff from Mount Sinai with him. He is currently the Chief of Robotic Surgery and the Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill.