Being diagnosed with cancer is a terrifying experience for anyone from any walk of life, including for Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee. In the summer of 2017, Romney received surgery to remove prostate cancer after a positive diagnosis. The surgery was performed at UC Irvine Hospital by Dr. Thomas Ahlering in California.
According to Dr. David Samadi, oncologist, urologist, and frequent contributor to Fox News Health, Mitt Romney’s prognosis looks good due to his choice of treatments. When diagnosed with prostate cancer, Dr. David Samadi informs his patients of the much more positive results surgery yields over simply using radiation for treatment. In fact, men treated with radiation instead of surgery are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer compared to those who went with surgery. There is also a high risk of developing secondary cancer in the surrounding areas such as the rectum or bladder if radiation is used. Samadi goes on to explain that once the cancer is localized and prostate removed, patients have an almost 100% survival rate.
Dr. David Samadi is an expert in his field and a top innovator in using robotics to treat prostate cancer. To date, he has performed almost 7,000 surgeries using robotic technology throughout his career. Born in 1964, the Iranian immigrant moved from his home country in 1979 immediately following the Iranian Revolution. He and his younger brother, aged 15 and 12 at the time, had to flee their country alone and still managed to continue both of their educations.
Dr. David Samadi graduated from the Stonybrook School of Medicine in 1994 where he earned his medical degree. Previously, he attended Stony Brook University to earn his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. His residency was completed at the Monteflore Medical Center with a Fellowship in oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His major during the fellowship was Proctology. Even as a high school student at Roslyn High School he excelled by being the president of his class and on the honor roll.
Currently, Samadi is the Chief of Robotic Surgery and the Chairman of Urology for Lenox Hill Hospital; he ha served there for approximately 4 years since June of 2013. He is married with two children and lives in Old Westerbury, New York.