Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee, announced that he had prostate surgery in the summer of 2017. He had a slow growing tumor in the prostate gland. This may very well be a sign that Mr. Romney is planning on running for the U.S. Senate for Utah that will be vacated by Orrin Hatch.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California and was successful. The American Cancer Society said that 161,360 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 and an estimated 164,690 will be diagnosed in 2018.
Dr. David Samadi, who is Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, Chairman of Urology and Professor of Urology at Hofstra School of Medicine, was able to advise Mitt Romney on key factors of prostate cancer prognosis.
Mitt Romney was not the first politician to receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2003 and John Kerry in 2002, who was running for President of the United States, were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Powell had surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Kerry was also treated with surgery and neither have had any recurrences.
Older Men Develop Prostate Cancer
Samadi informed Mr. Romney that prostate cancer usually develops in older men. The average age of men is 66 at the time of diagnosis, Romney had turned 70 in March of 2017.
Radiation vs. Surgery
Dr. David Samadi believes that all patients should be well informed. As an urologist/oncologist, Samadi will discuss all the pros and cons so the patient knows and understands what he is facing. Dr. David Samadi recommends to patients who are diagnosed with the cancer contained to the prostate gland, that surgery is better than radiation. Dr. David Samadi has done robotic surgery all over the world. He has done surgery in the Dominican Republic, France, Germany Greece, London, Israel and Spain.
Men who choose to use radiation and not surgery, are more likely to die one and a half times sooner and more likely to die from prostate cancer. Men who choose radiation have the possible side effects of radiation exposing them to a secondary cancer that affects the rectal or bladder.
Men who have their prostate gland removed with surgery have almost a 100% survival rate. Men who wait and have radiation first and find out later the cancer has spread have less than a 30% chance of living longer than 5 years.
Romney, Powell and Kerry each had their prostate gland removed with surgery and are doing well. All men should consult with an experienced urologist/oncologist to make an informed decision to fight prostate cancer.