Prostate cancer is very common among men. Research shows that 6 out of every 10 elderly men diagnosed men are found to have prostate cancer. After diagnosis and a determination of the cancer stage they are in, these men are faced with a decision of the kind of treatment to undergo. Some of them are persuaded by their friends and family to believe that their condition is not treatable.
Prostate cancer is treatable. Look at Colin Powell, John Kerry and Mitt Romney, they are all survivors of prostate cancer. Dr David Samadi says their cancer survival was dependent on the type of treatment they chose. There are two ways of treating prostate cancer: first one being radiation and the second way is surgery.
Radiation is suitable for those whose prostate cancer has spread to other areas of the body. This will help kill the cancerous cells. However, radiation has a down side; if the cancer recurs, it is not advisable to do it a second time because of the effects of radiation. In some cases, the patient might even develop other types of cancer such as rectal cancer or cancer of the bladder. It is important to note that despite these side effects, radiation therapy too has success stories.
Surgery on the other hand is most suitable to patients whose prostate cancer has not spread to other parts. Having your prostrate surgically remover has almost 100% chances of you surviving and the cancer never recurring. Dr Samadi encourages prostate cancer patients to inquire from their doctors the extent of the effect of the cancer. If it is in the prostate alone, go for surgery. The other reason why surgery is the option you really should go with is that in case of a recurrence after radiation, it is very difficult to have surgery done to remove the cancerous cells.
Educational qualification is mandatory for every surgeon, oncologist or not. However, having a track record to back up that education is pretty important. According to Dr Samadi, it is important for patients to check for the doctors qualifications before undergoing surgery. After seeing that the doctor has the professional qualifications needed, find out how many successful surgery he or she has done. Experience comes by practice. The more successful surgeries done, the more confident you can be of the person you trust your life with.
Dr David Samadi is an oncologist working with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He is the chairman or eurology and the chief of robotic surgery there. This position and his long term experience have given him an authoritative voice in this field. He has used this position to create awareness on matters surrounding cancer and cancer treatments among colleagues, cancer patients and patient care givers.
Dr David Samadi’s: Youtube.