American men aged 65 or older are likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, the average age of discovery is 66, with six new cases of prostate cancer out of 10 being discovered in older men. The American Cancer Society estimates that 2018 will see 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer and 29,430 deaths as a result of the same.
However, prominent urologists, led by Dr. David Samadi—a urologist based at Lenox Hill Hospital—are convinced that prostate cancer is a curable disease, especially if detected in time and treated appropriately. Dr. Samadi advocates for surgery over radiation therapy in treating prostate cancer.
Apart from several studies that have demonstrated that surgery is more effective than radiation therapy at treating localized prostate cancer, Dr. Samadi criticizes radiation therapy for its ability to initiate cell mutations that result in secondary diseases such as bladder and rectal cancers.
More worrying is Dr. Samadi’s revelation that prostate cancer patients treated with radiation therapy are at an elevated risk of succumbing to prostate cancer than patients whose prostates are removed surgically. Dr. Samadi puts the survival rates of patients that go under the knife at almost 100 percent. Dr. Samadi stresses that it is risky to perform surgery after radiation therapy sessions.
A patient diagnosed with prostate cancer should, however, not settle on inexperienced urologists to perform either surgery or radiation therapy. Urologists whose track records are impressive have better chances of ridding prostate cancer patients of the killer disease. Patients should examine their urologist’s records of accomplishment based on statistics such as successful past surgeries. Other factors include the ability to maintain control of urinary functions and retain sexual ability after surgery among others.
Dr. Samadi advises prostate cancer patients to remain optimistic that they will beat back the disease. Mitt Romney, Colin Powell, and John Kerry triumphed over prostate cancer, having chosen to go under the knife.
Dr. David Samadi
Starting out his career at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Samadi has carved a niche for himself as a leading urologist in the U.S. So sought-after is Dr. Samadi that he was the highest paid doctor in New York in 2012. He is currently based at Lenox Hill Hospital, as the in charge of the medical facility’s urology department and robotic surgery. To know more about us: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsamadi click here.
Dr. Samadi’s career revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. He is conversant in laparoscopic, robotic, and open traditional surgeries.