Dr. David Samadi Talks Prostate Cancer

Mitt Romney was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 70 in 2017. This same year, Romney underwent surgery on the prostate to remove said cancer and, according to the oncologist and urologist Dr. David Samadi, Mitt Romney’s future should be prostate cancer-free thanks to his decision to treat the cancer with surgery instead of radiation under the guidance of his oncologist.

Former Republican Vice Presidential nominee is not the only politician to be diagnosed with prostate cancer who chose to choose surgery. Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, had his prostate removed in 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 2002, former Presidential nominee John Kerry was diagnosed with prostate cancer and chose the same surgery as well.

Dr. David Samadi recommends surgery as patients who chose radiation over surgery have a much worse prognosis. Radiation patients have a likelihood of dying sooner than surgery patients of 1.5 times. These patients are also 2 times more likely to die. Another risk of radiation is developing secondary cancer such as bladder or rectal. In addition, if radiation isn’t successful, the changes to the body from radiation make surgery more difficult and sometimes impossible to perform if cancer reoccurs.

Dr. David Samadi is the Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital and has held this position since 2013. Samadi earned a degree in biochemistry and his medical degree from Stony Brook University and Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. He earned his M.D. in 1994 and received additional training in urology and oncology from the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Cancer Center was completed in 2001. Additionally, Dr. David Samadi had a fellowship at the Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France where he was mentored by Profesor Claude Abbou.

Samadi was born in Iran and left the country at the age of 15 with his younger brother after the Iranian Revolution. The two attended schools in Belgium and London before moving to the United Staes to complete high school in Roslyn, New York.

He is a pioneer of robotic surgery for prostate cancer. He has performed over 7,000 surgeries and has a 90 percent success rate of his patients remaining cancer free.