Dr. Alon Ben Nun

Dr. Alon Ben Nun

Cancer Specialist - Surgical Oncologist

  Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

  25 Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr. Alon Ben Nun is a renowned surgical oncologist with over 25 years of experience in his field. He is currently serving at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. He obtained his medical education, MD and Ph.D. in Medicine from the Medical School, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. He specializes in Thoracic Surgery, General surgery, Oesophagus, Lung, and Trachea. He is currently the Head of the Thoracic Surgery Department. 

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Alon has been a part of many different research papers written in medical journals around the world. He is also the winner of several prestigious awards in the field of education and research on care for the sick and Laureate of President of Israel for outstanding medical activities. Dr. Alon is best known for conducting clinical research aimed at improving the quality of treatment of patients with chest trauma and has also published numerous articles and monographs in the field of thoracic surgery, oesophagus, lung, and trachea.

Past Experience

  • Currently working at Sheba Medical Center


  • MD and PhD in Medicine from the Medical School, Ben- Gurion University of the Negev
  • Israel Association of Physicians
  • Israeli Surgical Association
  • European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells that start off in the lungs. Usually, lung cancer starts in the cells that line the air passages. Instead of developing into healthy lung tissue, the cells divide rapidly and form tumours.

Lung cancer can grow and spread beyond the lung to reach other parts of the body through metastasis. Lung cancers can begin in any part of the lung, but 90 percent of lung cancers begin in the epithelial cells, which are the cells lining the larger and smaller airways also known as bronchi and bronchioles.

This is the reason why lung cancers are sometimes called bronchogenic cancers or bronchogenic carcinomas. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world, among both men and women. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

Lung Cancer: Causes and Risk Factors

Long-term smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. After smoking, genetic factors and exposure to radon gas, asbestos, second-hand smoke or other forms of air pollution can also increase the risk of lung cancer.

Types of Lung Cancer

There are two major types of lung cancers, based on the appearance of lung cancer cells under the microscope:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): It is an umbrella term for several types of lung cancers that behave in a similar way, such as squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma.
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC): This type of lung cancer occurs mostly in heavy smokers and it is less common than non-small cell lung cancer. 

Lung Cancer Stages

It is necessary to determine the stage of lung cancer by finding out how far cancer has spread, before initiating treatment of lung cancer.
The following are the four lung cancer stages of NSCLC:

  • Stage 1 lung cancer: Cancer is restricted to the lung
  • Stage 2 lung cancer: Cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes
  • Stage 3 lung cancer: (3a) Cancer is in the lung and the lymph nodes located on the same side  (3b) Cancer is in the lung and has spread to lymph nodes on the opposite side
  • Stage 4 lung cancer: Cancer has spread to both the lungs and other organs and surrounding tissues

The following are the two lung cancer stages of SCLC:

  • Limited stage: Cancer is present in just one lung and lymph nodes on the same side of cancer.
  • Extensive stage: Cancer has spread throughout the lung or both the lungs, to the lymph nodes on the opposite side, to the bone marrow, and to the distant organs.

After the determination of stage, treatment of lung cancer starts with choosing the best suitable option for the patient. However, there is usually no single treatment for lung cancer. So the patient often receives a combination of therapies and palliative care. 

Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms may vary, depending upon where and how widespread the tumour is. A person with lung cancer may have following lung cancer symptoms:

  • A persistent or chronic coughing
  • Pain in chest, shoulder or back
  • Difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness or change of voice
  • Chronic bronchitis, pneumonia or respiratory infections
  • Blood in the sputum and cough

Stage 3 lung cancer symptoms include the following:

  • Wheezing
  • General pain in the chest or when breathing
  • Persistent cough with or without blood
  • Altered voice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Fever, headache, weakness, and bone pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr. Alon Ben Nun have being a surgical oncologist in Israel?

Dr. Alon has over 25 years of experience in the field of surgical oncology.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr. Alon Ben Nun as a surgical oncologist?

He specializes in Thoracic Surgery, General surgery, Oesophagus, Lung, and Trachea.

Does Dr. Alon Ben Nun provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr. Alon Ben Nun provides online consultation through MediGence.

What associations is Dr. Alon Ben Nun part of?

Dr. Alon is a part of the Israel Association of Physicians; Israeli Surgical Association; European Association for Endoscopic Surgery; American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

When do you need to see a surgical oncologist such as Dr. Alon Ben Nun?

Surgical oncologists are specialised doctors who help in curing and treating various cancers with the help of medicines and surgery. Many different cancers and tumours need to be removed surgically from different parts of the body and surgical oncologists are experts in these procedures.

How to connect with Dr. Alon Ben Nun for Online Consultation through MediGence?

He can be easily consulted by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.

What area of specialization does Dr. Alon Ben Nun have?
Dr. Alon Ben Nun is specialized in Israel and of the most sought after doctors in Cancer Specialist.
Does Dr. Alon Ben Nun offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Alon Ben Nun have?
Dr. Alon Ben Nun is one of the most sought after specialists in Israel and has over 25 Years years of experience.
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