Robotic Oncology off Castle Hill, RI after the IRC Nationals, with Dr. Samadi at the helm. Photo by Randy Needham.
“No question that the personal spirit and the approach of positive thinking combined with a good surgeon is going to win,” said Dr. Samadi, who is one of the very few urologic surgeons in the United States trained in oncology and open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. “To me, prostate cancer is very personal, and I always want to win. I perform the surgery from beginning to end, and I’ve done over 3,000 robotic laparoscopic prostate surgeries. Robotic prostate surgery is not just about the technology of robotics – it’s the experience of the surgeon that counts, just like a very experienced sailor.”
And as anyone that watched Robotic Oncology blow away the competition in the recent Around Long Island Regatta and the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound’s Dorade Race could tell you, they’re quite good at spotting and nurturing talent. Benj certainly isn’t slowing down, and he and Heidi have set a goal of bringing new people to the sport and spreading the word about the importance of prostate cancer screenings.
Steve Benjamin and Dr. David Samadi with their trophies at the awards ceremony for the ALIR, Sea Cliff Yacht Club. Photo by Andrea Watson.
“We have been contacted by three sailors with prostate cancer looking at their treatment options since people have learned about Robotic Oncology,” said Benj. “It is an asymptomatic disease (you don’t feel very sick) which does not discriminate about age or race, so you need to get checked by your doctor and have frequent PSA tests and monitor your prostate health carefully. The disease is very treatable if caught early, but if you let it go it can kill you.” He has an equally simple message about sailing. “It is a wonderful sport and recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”
Benj will enjoy sailing with young and old for many years to come. “I guess that I appreciate my time on the water even more than before,” he said. “Additionally, Dr. Samadi has asked me to join the board of his Robotic Oncology Foundation. I want to help people better understand prostate cancer and how to beat it….and Heidi and I have some unfinished sailing goals. We missed winning the IRC National Championship by only five seconds this year!
According to the American Cancer Society, about one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and more than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today. More than 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S., with approximately 30,000 resulting in death.
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