April 11, 2012 07:37 ET Bringing Hope to Overweight Men With Prostate Cancer

Top Prostate Cancer Surgeon, Dr. David Samadi's SMART Surgery Program Delivers Surgical Success for High-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2012) - Earlier this year robotic prostate surgery expert, Dr. David Samadi, discussed the association between prostate cancer and obesity, and how his surgical approach helps overweight men overcome many risk factors. A recent study from the University of Illinois tells us a little more about how weight impacts a man's risk of developing prostate cancer by exploring the type of prostate cancer he may encounter. New data indicates that the higher a man's body mass index (BMI), the higher his risk of prostate cancer recurrence after treatment.

In evaluating 119 men slated for radical prostatectomy surgery, researchers considered BMI, PSA level, clinical tumor stage, and overall physical condition. Depending on the degree of excess body weight, men were as much as 8 percent more likely to have the type of prostate cancer that typically results in a moderate-to-high risk of recurrence.

"We're no longer just talking about obesity," stresses Dr. Samadi, "We're talking about the nearly three quarters of U.S. men that are overweight and are at increased risk of developing dangerous prostate cancer." Dr. Samadi goes on to explain the importance of a twofold approach to overcoming prostate cancer. "As physicians, we have to help men improve their lifestyles, maintain healthier weights, and reduce their prostate cancer risk," he says, "As prostate cancer experts, we must be diligent in our PSA screening regimen and deliver the absolute highest level of treatment for those men that are diagnosed."

Combining the expertise of traditional, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery in one, Dr. Samadi's SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) robotic prostatectomy surgery involves the complete removal of the prostate and cancerous tissue. He has performed close to 4,000 successful prostate removal surgeries on a wide range of men with varied degrees of prostate cancer and extended risk factors.

"My SMART surgery is a highly effective prostate cancer treatment for obese men. I'm able to guide the minimally invasive robotic tools with extreme precision and avoid the many dangers that open surgery presents to overweight men." Dr. Samadi's patients are given the highest level of care throughout each of the three phases of his treatment.

First, patient wellness is optimized with nutrition and weight management counseling, general wellness preparation, and comprehensive surgical consultations. Second, Dr. Samadi maintains complete leadership during surgery with hands-on control of his SMART technique from start to finish. Finally, patients are guided through a thorough follow-up routine to ensure positive outcomes with regard to prostate cancer cure, sexual potency, and urinary control.

In the fight against prostate cancer, Dr. Samadi continually emphasizes the success that can come from both prevention and treatment. "We have to stress the importance of a healthier lifestyle, appropriate weight, and annual PSA screenings," he says, three factors that he believes give men a lot of control over their future wellness.

"But the reality is that many men don't make their health a priority until it's in jeopardy. For those men, the ones who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the right treatment choice can mean everything. Regardless of weight, I can offer men highly favorable surgical outcomes and long-term quality of life with robotic prostatectomy surgery," Dr. Samadi concludes.

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