Dr. David Samadi’s Take on Surgery Versus Radiation Therapy Debate
Urologic diseases are prevalent in America, with prostate cancer being the most common in American men. Risk factors for prostate cancer are mostly beyond the control of prostate cancer patients. They include race, old age, and family history. A significant portion of men diagnosed with prostate cancer—over 99 percent—are aged 50 or older. The disease, luckily, is curable, especially if it is localized to the prostate gland. Statistics intimate that over 90 percent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have it localized to their prostates.
In 2017, 161,360 American men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, was among the men diagnosed with the disease. Just like other men, Romney had to select between the two treatment options available, either radiation therapy or surgery. Romney settled for surgery, which was performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. Apparently, the surgery was successful as Romney is rumored to be gearing up to run for Senate seat in Utah, once vacated by the incumbent.
Romney is among the prominent American politicians who survived prostate cancer. Some of them include Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, and John Kerry. More men, led by the three, are opting for their prostates to be removed surgically rather than undergoing radiation therapy.
Dr. David Samadi
He is among the reasons surgery is gaining popularity in America as the preferred prostate cancer treatment option. Dr. Samadi is a popular urologist, who leverages every opportunity he gets in television, the internet, and in medical publications to create awareness about prostate cancer.
Dr. Samadi, based at Lenox Hill Hospital, believes surgery is the way to go because it does not encourage the development of secondary cancers. When used to treat prostate cancer, radiation therapy may trigger bladder and rectal cancers. In addition, statistics have confirmed that more prostate cancer patients succumb to death when treated with radiation therapy as opposed to when treated with surgery.
Dr. Samadi, however, urges prostate cancer patients to be keen when picking a urologist, who will put them under the knife. He notes that a lot could go wrong when removing a patient’s prostate through surgery. Some documented complications include loss of urinary continence and impaired sexual function.
Dr. Samadi has dedicated his practice to prostate cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. At Lenox, he is in charge of robotic surgery and the facility’s urology department.
About Dr. David Samadi: ideamensch.com/david-samadi/