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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Champions Lung Cancer Screening Program

Dr. Roy Oommen
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CORTLAND MANOR, N.Y. — For cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Roy Oommen, early detection is paramount in the fight against lung cancer.

“Because the majority of patients are asymptomatic in the early stages of lung cancer, screening is critical. We are working hand-in-hand with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network lung cancer screening program to provide increased surveillance to people who are at risk for developing the disease,” said Dr. Oommen, a Thoracic Surgeon with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group and a member of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. He is an Attending Thoracic Surgeon at both NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan.

Because smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, current or former smokers between 55 and 79 years of age are eligible for the program and will receive low-dose computed tomographic (CT) screening. “We screen on a case-by-case basis and decide whether patients need continuous surveillance, biopsy or surgery,” explained Dr. Oommen.

He stressed the importance of quitting smoking and noted that the incidence of lung cancer decreases significantly when patients have stopped smoking for 10 years or more.

Dr. Oommen splits his time between Hospitals at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley and NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence. He finds that the majority of his procedures can be performed at these community hospitals with the same level of care as the larger city hospitals — providing patients with the convenience of being treated closer to their homes.

The most common conditions he treats are benign and malignant lung cancer, but he also has expertise in the treatment of esophageal disease and emphysema. Dr. Oommen takes a minimally invasive surgical approach whenever possible in order to reduce pain and blood loss, and facilitate a faster recovery time for patients, compared to traditional surgery.

Learn more about Lung Cancer programs at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley or NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Oommen, please call (914) 787-4100 or (914) 293-8400.