Mitt Romney’s Cancer Treatment and His Political Future

The political landscape is undergoing major changes, as the volatility of the Trump administration impacts members of congress and their interest in staying in office, or not. One of the major republicans to have recently announced that they are leaving the senate is Orrin Hatch, of Utah. With Hatch now leaving his seat, Mitt Romney is showing interest in running for the senate. As a former presidential candidate, Romney’s return to office would definitely have an impact on the future presidential field, which is why Romney’s health is also of interest.

A recent article in The Huffington Post addressed the issue of Romney’s current health status, as Romney reportedly has just had surgery for the removal of a tumor in his prostate gland. The procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Hospital in Southern California, and was deemed a success. Still, cancer surgery is a serious business, and the question is whether Romney’s health will have an impact on his ongoing political life.

A Good Prognosis

Dr. David Samadi, a surgeon with expertise in urology and robotic surgery who currently treats patients at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York (where he is the Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery) told The Huffington Post that right now Romney’s prognosis looks good. According to Samadi, men who have prostrate surgery that is localized frequently have a very good chance of regaining their health and continuing on without a recurrence of the cancer. Other politicians who have survived prostate cancer treatment successfully include John Kerry and Colin Powell.

According to Samadi, surgery is always recommended for prostate cancer patients in cases where the cancer has not spread. The survival rate for these patients is much higher than for those who have radiation first. Ramadi also recommends that men who are diagnosed with this cancer thoroughly check the background and success rate of the surgeon who they are considering for their procedure. They should also ask about the possible side effects that can come after surgery, and the impact on sexual function and urinary function. With the help of an experienced urologist to guide their treatment path, many patients recover successfully and avoid any other recurrence of the illness.