Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, announced that he has overcome his battle with prostate cancer.
After undergoing surgery in 2017 to remove a slow-growing tumor, Romney received a favorable prognosis from his doctors. Prostate cancer is especially common in seniors. Nearly 60 percent of cases occur in men older than 65. Romney was one of 161,360 diagnosed in 2017.
Pundits believe that by making this information public, Romney is signaling his intention to run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat in Utah. He’s not the only politician to battle prostate cancer and still have a successful political career. Both Colin Powell and John Kerry had their prostate cancer surgically removed. They’ve remained free of cancer since.
There are a few treatment options with various pros and cons. Romney chose to surgically remove his cancer. In his case, the cancer hadn’t spread beyond the prostate, making surgery a logical choice. This is generally the choice Dr. David Samadi recommends since mortality rates are higher for men who choose radiation therapy. Additionally, the side effects of radiation treatments could potentially cause men to develop other types of cancer.
Dr. Samadi also warns that if men choose radiation therapy, it might not be possible for them to have surgery later. If their cancer spreads beyond the prostate, their chance of survival drops drastically.
Cancer treatment is dependent upon each person’s unique case and needs. Men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer should have a frank discussion with their surgeons, asking how many surgeries he’s performed and what the rates of reoccurrence and success are.
For the best chance of a full recovery, Dr. Samadi suggests developing a treatment plan with honest, experienced doctors that you can trust. Since 2012, he has worked as the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery in New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital. He received a degree in biochemistry as well as his M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He then went on to specialize in proctology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and in urology at Montefiore Medical Center.