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Dr. David Samadi: Mitt Romney’s Prostate Cancer Prognosis Good

For Mitt Romney, his decision to treat his prostate cancer with surgery instead of radiation may have saved his life, according to Dr. David Samadi. Other politicians like presidential nominee John Kerry and Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, have also had surgery to remove the prostate after a diagnosis of cancer. In 2017, former Presidential nominee for the Republican party, Mitt Romney, became part of the statistic of 161,360 prostate cancer diagnoses that year. It’s expected to reach 164,690 new diagnoses in 2018 according to the American Cancer Society.

On average, 60% of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer are over the age of 65 with an average age of 66. It is rare that men under 40 are diagnosed. Mitt Romney was 70 at the time of his diagnosis.

Dr. David Samadi discusses the options for treatments after a prostate cancer diagnosis. In almost every case where they are able to localize the cancer to the prostate, he recommends surgery. There is almost a 100% survival rate for patients who choose surgery after localization. Patients who choose radiation over surgery are more likely to develop secondary cancer from the damaging effects on a genetic level after treatment. They are also twice as likely to die and 1.5 times less likely to live longer than a patient who chose surgery.

Dr. David Samadi immigrated from Iran in 1979 after their revolution with his younger brother. He and his brother moved to Belgium at the ages of 15 and 19 without their parents. The two continued their education throughout Belgium, London, and the United States.

Dr. David Samadi is currently a Fox News Consultant and Contributor as well as the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as the Chairman of Urology since June of 2013. He brought his entire surgical team with him from his previous position at Mt. Sinai Medical School where he was the Vice Chair of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the Director of Laparoscopic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York after completing his education.

Samadi resides in Old Westbury, New York and is married to Iranian born Sahar Danielpour. The couple has two children, a boy and a girl who are happy and healthy. The Samadi’s believes highly in love, loyalty, and devotion to family and the United States.