Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, told the press that last summer he underwent prostate surgery. This is was a result of the slow-growing tumor that had been diagnosed early in the year. For most political analysts, disclosing his health history was as a sign of finding a way back to the U.S. Senate by running for a seat in Utah. The current representative, Orrin Hatch, is set to vacate it soon.
Dr. Thomas Ahlering, who is based at UC Irvine Hospital in California, performed the successful surgery. Statistics show that he has a good prognosis record and helped many other men among the 161,360 that had been diagnosed with the disease in 2017. The American Cancer Society has projected that there would be at least 164,690 in 2018.
Recent studies have shown that prostate cancer is common among older men. Statistics show that out of 10 men diagnosed, six of them are aged 65 and above. The findings also show that prostate cancer is extremely rare before hitting 40. As such, the average age for diagnosis is about 66. In March 2017, Romney turned 70.
Even though Romney’s case found its way to the press, he is not the only politician who has managed to successfully treat prostate cancer with surgery. In 2003, Colin Powell who is the former Secretary of State also underwent the same procedure to remove his prostate gland. His surgery was done at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. John Kerry was running for president in 2002 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He also underwent surgery and has not been reported to have any recurrence ever since.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) February 22, 2016
Two of the most primary choices one gets when they have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are to be treated with radiation or surgery. Dr. David Samadi says that he is mandated to advise his clients on the pros and cons of these treatment methods before the patient makes a decision because such treatments affect the patient significantly. To know more about him click here.
Once that is done, he completes the staging of cancer. This is to find out whether the cancer is only within the prostate or it has spread to the gland. In his recommendation, Dr. David Samadi highly advises his patients to go for surgery as opposed to radiation. This is because studies show patients with prostate cancer contained in the gland recover successfully through surgery versus radiation treatment.