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Dr. David Samadi’s take on prostate cancer

The first decision every patient who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer has to make is whether to go with surgery or radiation. Dr. David Samadi says every good oncologist should discuss extensively with their clients about the advantages and the disadvantages of both procedures. Though the choice of the procedure to be done lies squarely with the patient, it is his or her doctor’s duty to provide the patient with all the information needed. The choice the patient will go a long way in determining their survival rate.

Basing his argument on statistics, Dr. David Samadi advices his patients to go with surgery instead of radiation. Statistics show that the survival rates of those who go through surgery are higher than that of those who go through radiation. This is because, radiation has one major con; it exposes the patient to rays that may have harmful effects. Because of the exposure to radiation rays, some patients end up developing secondary cancer. This means that the rays may kill all the cancerous cells in the prostate but lead to development of cancer in organs near the prostate like the urinary bladder or the rectum.

According to Dr. David Samadi, the other reason why many patients who opt for radiation have a lower survival rate compare to those who opt for surgery is, it’s not easy doing surgery after radiation therapy. True, both methods guarantee a good percentage of success. However, there are events when the cancer recurs. In any case this happens; a patient who had gone through surgery can easily go through radiation as a second method of treatment. The one who went through radiation for the first time, however, cannot go through surgery in case of recurrence. In addition to this, if the patient opts for radiation a second time, the radiation will cause him or her more damage than the cancer does.

Mitt Romney and Colin Powell both chose surgery when they were diagnosed with prostate cancer. Both politicians are now cancer survivors who have not had a recurrence. Dr. David Samadi says that their choice of treatment can also be ascribed to the doctors who guided them through the process. It is important to have a doctor who is not only qualified but experienced in surgery. It is good that every patient knows how many successful surgeries the doctor has operated. This will give them an idea of their capabilities.

Dr. David Samadi works at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital as the chief of robotic surgery and chief of neurology. He is known as an innovative surgeon contributing greatly in the medical field.

Categories: Doctors, Urologist