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Tags: Cancer | donald | sterling | cancer | prognosis | prostate

Sterling's Cancer Likely Not an Imminent Threat: Top Doctor

By    |   Friday, 02 May 2014 01:21 PM

Embattled NBA owner Donald Sterling likely is not in immediate danger from his prostate cancer, one of the nation’s top men’s health experts tells Newsmax Health.
 
“Don Sterling’s prostate cancer appears to be treated and well controlled,” says David Samadi, M.D., chair of urology and chief of robotics at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
 
Although details of his condition have not been release, the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s advanced age and the fact that he appears to be going about his normal activities, attending a basketball game just a week ago, means that the disease is likely stable and he does not face an immediate threat from the cancer, says Dr. Samadi.
 
Sterling, 80, is newly banned from basketball due to racist comments he made to his girlfriend. According to reports, those close to the real estate magnate said Sterling was close to death a few years ago but that his health has improved.

Dr. Samadi, who has not treated Sterling, said that when prostate cancer advances it often moves into bones.
 
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“If his friends have said they had believed he wasn’t going to survive it, than he probably has an aggressive cancer that most likely has spread to the bone,” said Dr. Samadi, an expert in robotic surgery to remove prostate cancer.
 
Observers have noted that Sterling’s face has looked strikingly puffy lately. This may be due to treatment with the drug Lupron (leuprolide), which can cause rapid weight gain.
 
“This is a form of hormonal treatment commonly administered to men in their late 70s and 80s to slow the progression of the cancer and prolong life,” Dr. Samadi said.
 
Lupron, which is injected, blocks the release of testosterone in men, slowing the growth of the prostate cancer cells that feed on the male hormone. The medication can also cause menopausal-type symptoms in men, including hot flashes, diminished sex drive, breast swelling, and bloating.
 
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after lung cancer. About 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year, and about 29,480 men die annually of the disease. About one man in seven is diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. 
 
When prostate cancer is diagnosed early, before the cancer has spread, the cancer is considered highly curable. However, if the cancer has spread to distant organs, the five-year survival rate drops to 28 percent. “This is why screening is so important,” Dr. Samadi said.
 
Younger men with prostate cancer are treated aggressively with surgery to remove the prostate gland, followed sometimes with radiation and/or hormonal therapy. However, in the case of elderly men, surgery is most often not performed, and the non-surgical treatments are relied upon instead, Dr. Samadi added.

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Embattled NBA owner Donald Sterling likely is not in immediate danger from his prostate cancer, one of the nation's top men's health experts tells Newsmax Health. "Don Sterling's prostate cancer appears to be treated and well controlled," says David Samadi, M.D., chair of...
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