Mitt Romney recently revealed that he has had to undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer. Dr. Thomas Aherling of the UC Irvine Hospital in California performed the surgery. In a recent interview, Dr. David B. Samadi gave his thoughts on Mitt Romney’s health as well as prostate cancer in general.
Dr. Samadi was born in Iran, but left the country shortly following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He went on to receive an M.D. from the Stony Brook School of Medicine and specialize in urology and proctology. Throughout his career, he has practiced medicine, served as the Vice Chair of the Department of Urology and the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, then moved on to take the role of the Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital, and is currently a professor of urology at the Zucker School of Medicine.
Dr. Samadi believes that Romney will most likely remain healthy following the surgery. Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer tend to be 65 years of age or older. Seeing as Romney is 70 years old, he falls within the vulnerable range. He mentions studies that have shown that men who have surgery instead of radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer have better results. The reasons being that radiation is twice as likely to kill patients, patients who receive radiation tend to live shorter lives, and radiation therapy runs the risk of causing new tumors to grow. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, Dr. Samadi tends to recommend surgery to his patients.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016
Mr. Romney was apparently diagnosed earlier in the year and waited until the successful treatment to go public with the news. Deciding to disclose his medical history is probably further indication that he is preparing to run for senate in Utah. He would be attempting to replace the current holder of the seat, Orrin Hatch, who will be vacating the seat soon. Other famous politicians have been diagnosed with and successfully treated for prostate cancer in the past, including John Kerry in 2002 and Colin Powell in 2003.