Dr. David Samadi is a urologic oncologist. In his experience, he has noted that treated prostate cancer with surgery is more efficient than radiation. He states that studies have shown patients undergoing radiation are more likely to die sooner and of prostate cancer when compared to those undergoing surgery for treatment.
In his opinion, men who are exposed to radiation when they have already been diagnosed with cancer have a higher probability of developing a secondary form of cancer, such as rectal or bladder cancer. This is because the radiation treatment had potential side effects to body areas close to the prostate gland. In his experience, patients who choose to go for radiation and end up with a recurrence, it becomes even harder to perform a surgery.
He advises his clients by mentioning to them that a patient who undergoes surgery that removes their prostrate are almost 100 percent sure of their survival. On the contrary, if a patient chooses radiation first then, later on, realizes that the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland area, the likelihood of that patient to live for five more years is below 30 percent.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016
It is important for all prostate cancer patients to inquire about the experience of their surgeons regarding their conditions as well as the number of successful surgeries performed. Other factors to consider include the number of surgeries he has performed on urinary continence, rater of cancer return and sexual function once the prostate has been removed.
Mitt Romney, John Kerry and Colin Powell chose surgery and have since survived past their diagnoses. According to Dr. Samadi, finding a qualified and experienced oncologist or urologist to guide a patient through this journey is important. This is because the patient would be educated and helped to make informed decisions regarding their condition. In his words, Dr. Samadi says this is the best medicine when treating prostate cancer.
Dr. David Samadi is a certified urologic oncologist and also serves as the chairperson of urology and robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He specializes in treatment, diagnosis and detection of urologic disease, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. He is one among the few surgeons that have training in open surgery, oncology and advanced minimally invasive treatment when it comes to prostate cancer. Dr. Samadi is also well experienced in laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. He strives to bring global attention and awareness regarding this disease as the second-leading cause of death.