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Dr. David Samadi, Prostate Cancer Expert, Discusses Prostate Cancer Treatment Drugs Such as Zytiga in Comparison With Early Detection and Treatment Through Robotic Surgery

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - The recent launch of prostate cancer drug, Zytiga, discussions continue to run hot about the cost of cancer treatment worldwide. As a leading robotic prostatectomy surgeon, Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology, and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, is familiar with the ongoing debate surrounding healthcare costs and prostate cancer treatments.

Dr. Samadi, a proponent of early PSA screening, raises an interesting point with regard to how much is too much when it comes to healthcare spending. "To me," he responds, "the question is relative. Robotic prostatectomy is not a cheap option, but it is an effective one. Surgically removing the cancer early serves two purposes -- men are able to live happy, healthy, cancer-free lives and they are less dependent on our healthcare system to support them through a costly disease."

Used in the treatment of metastic castration-resistant prostate cancer, FDA-approved Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) can extend a man's life up to 5 months. "This is a drug for men who failed to find a cure in chemotherapy or in other treatment options that lower testosterone level," explains Dr. Samadi. At a cost of nearly $5,000 per month, Zytiga removes the prostate cancer tumor's supply of testosterone, preventing it from growing any further. "While new treatment options such as this are important to men suffering from late-stage prostate cancer, my hope is that we continue to use our resources to stop the cancer before it reaches this stage," asserts Dr. Samadi.

Dr. Samadi uses robotic surgery to perform his SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) surgery. The expense of robotic surgery is also scrutinized for the initial robot investment, as well as ongoing maintenance. But Dr. Samadi remains firm in his beliefs in the unparalleled benefit of minimally invasive robotic surgery to remove the prostate and cancerous tissue. "I want to help men choose the treatment options that could give them another 20 or 30 years, not 5. We shouldn't let it get that far," stresses Samadi.

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer have a plethora of research and recommendations to weed through. Complicating their decision is the ongoing debate regarding the right course of treatment, which doctors and hospitals offer that method and the myriad of potential side effects. "Prostate cancer treatment is an individual decision based on individual diagnosis and patient choice; however," Dr. Samadi adds, "for the healthcare industry, the costs of one treatment, such as robotic surgery, need to be weighed against the costs of supporting a patient with ongoing treatment through all stages of a progressive disease. Prolonging the disease is not good medicine, and it's not good business."

More can be seen from prostate cancer expert, Dr. Samadi, on

Prostate Cancer Treatment Drugs - FDA Warnings

"SMART" Robotic Prostate Removal Surgery

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* The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Yossi, Israel

I chose to undergo the operation with a specialist in the U.S., who has an extensive experience in robotic surgeries: Dr. David Smadi. The surgery was relatively simple: i didn't suffer any pain, lost a small amount of blood and had the catheter only for seven days. I got back to full functioning very soon afterwards.

Alex W, Israel

The surgery was a lifesaver for my wife. Out of hospital in 24 hours, lost the catheter after six days. I was uncomfortable for a few days, but was dry at night after a week! Don't even think about it anymore. 6 weeks post surgery my PSA is 00!! I got my life and my life quality back!

Dr. K., New York, USA

Thanks God for a physician and a human being like Dr. Samadi. He literally saved my life and gave me and my family a chance to enjoy our lives together to the fullest. Dr. Samadi is a physician I would recommend without reservation and a man for whom I would do anything.

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Aside from having a great facility with state of the art equipment, your staff has provided presidential suite like service to ensure that I was most comfortable before, during and after my surgery.