Dr. Damien Urban

Dr. Damien Urban

Cancer Specialist - Surgical Oncologist

  Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

  18 Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr. Damien Urban is a distinguished surgeon working at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. He has over 18 years of experience in his field. Dr. Damien obtained his medical education from the B.Med.Sc; MBBS Graduate of the Monash University, Australia. He has a special interest in Oncology, Cancer Therapy, Cancer Diagnostics, Oral Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, and Lung Cancer. He is currently the Head of the Oncology Department at the hospital. 

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Damien has been a part of various research papers published in medical journals from around the world. He has also participated in several clinical types of research and workshops: ECCO – AACR – EORTC – ESMO in 2011, GSK 3rd in Europe in 2004/201; and has published approximately 20 articles in the scientific literature. Dr. Damien was also granted a Nanostring PanCancer award in 2014 for his work in the field of mutations and immune response in head and neck cancer.

Past Experience

  • Currently working at Sheba Medical Center


  • B.Med.Sc;
  • MBBS Graduate of the Monash University, Australia
  • Israel Association of Physicians
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. Damien Urban have being a surgical oncologist in Israel?

Dr. Damien has over 18 years of experience as a surgical oncologist in Israel.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr. Damien Urban as a surgical oncologist?

He has a special interest in Oncology, Cancer Therapy, Cancer Diagnostics, Oral Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, and Lung Cancer.

Does Dr. Damien Urban provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr. Damien Urban provides online consultation through MediGence.

When do you need to see a surgical oncologist such as Dr. Damien Urban?

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

How to connect with Dr. Damien Urban for Online Consultation through MediGence?

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

What area of specialization does Dr. Damien Urban have?
Dr. Damien Urban is specialized in Israel and of the most sought after doctors in Cancer Specialist.
Does Dr. Damien Urban offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Damien Urban have?
Dr. Damien Urban is one of the most sought after specialists in Israel and has over 18 Years years of experience.
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