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NYU Langone Provider

Benjamin Cooper, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Radiation Oncology
  • Treats: Adults
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-731-5003
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I became interested in radiation oncology after I saw a patient who had prostate cancer, which led to spinal cord compression and the inability to walk, regain complete use of his legs one week after receiving radiation therapy. I was also drawn to caring for people who have cancer because both they and their doctors are passionate about finding the most effective treatment.

I manage skin cancer—primarily melanoma, but also squamous cell cancer—and lung cancer. I also care for children who have solid tumors, such as brain cancer, sarcoma, and Wilms tumor. Some of my patients are not good candidates for surgery due to the location of the tumor or preexisting conditions. Radiation therapy gives them another treatment option.

I offer several types of radiation therapy, including stereotactic body radiation therapy. With this approach, precise doses of radiation are delivered to the body in fewer treatment sessions than with traditional radiation therapy.

As the director of proton therapy services at NYU Langone, I provide targeted radiation treatment to patients who have solid tumors. Proton therapy uses electrically charged particles called protons rather than X-rays to destroy tumor cells. The treatment is more focused than conventional radiation therapy, so it is less likely to damage healthy tissue. This means I can treat the brain and spine in children with some brain tumors without damaging the heart and lungs.

I collaborate with a team that includes medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, dermatologists, and pulmonologists. Because we all work in the same building, we can expedite our patients’ care.

I enjoy partnering with patients to maximize their quality of life. I am a firm believer in mutual decision-making, in which the doctor and patient agree on the goals of treatment. I am willing to be creative to meet patients’ needs. For example, because an elderly patient did not want to travel frequently, I altered his treatment plan accordingly.

In addition to caring for patients, I perform research. I am currently studying whether immunotherapy can be combined with radiation to improve treatment success rates for breast, head and neck, and lung cancer. In 2015, I received a Merit Award from Conquer Cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s foundation, for my research on gastrointestinal cancer.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lung
  • astrocytoma
  • basal cell cancer
  • brain cancer
  • lung cancer
  • lung carcinoma
  • lung metastasis
  • malignant mesothelioma
  • mediastinal tumor
  • melanoma
  • merkel cell carcinoma (mcc)
  • mesothelioma
  • mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung
  • neuroendocrine tumor of the lung
  • non-small cell lung cancer
  • primitive neuroectodermal tumor (pnet)
  • retinoblastoma
  • rhabdomyosarcoma
  • small cell lung cancer
  • soft tissue sarcoma in adults
  • solitary fibrous tumor
  • squamous cell cancer
  • thoracic cancer
  • thymoma
  • thymus cancer
  • wilms tumor
Treatments
  • gamma knife radiosurgery
  • radiation therapy

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology - Radiation Oncology, 2017
Education and Training
  • Residency, NYU Langone Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 2016
  • MD from Temple University, 2011

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    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (NY Power Authority Employees)
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Radiation Oncology Associates

160 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-731-5003

Fax

212-731-5517

NYU Radiation Oncology Associates

560 First Avenue, Energy Building, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016

Phone

646-501-8900

Fax

212-731-5521

Interests

Cancer, Proton Therapy, Lung Cancer, Epigenetics, SBRT, Tumor Microenvironment

Research Summary

My primary research focus is on improving clinical outcomes in patients during the difficult time following a cancer diagnosis. Two of the major areas I focus my research efforts on are improving patient-reported quality of life and attempting to understand each individual's cancer on a molecular level.

Clinicians often focus on objective measures of treatment success, such as local recurrence and disease-free survival. Although these are certainly important endpoints, and often the primary objective of the clinical trials we conduct here at NYU Langone Health, it is equally important to ensure that we consider the emotional and physical costs of our treatments to our patients. To measure these effects, I strive to capture the patient’s voice in clinical trials conducted here at NYU Langone Health, using validated quality-of-life questionnaires.

With recent advances in technology, we understand cancer on a molecular level better than ever before. I collaborate with laboratory scientists who have a deep knowledge of cellular mechanics to gain a broader understanding of the genetics and epigenetics of individual tumors, to drive therapy and inform clinical trials.

Using Illumina methylation arrays, we are able to uncover the specific genetic information of individual tumors that can lead to the understanding of tumor behavior and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

Academic Contact

Academic office

160 East 34th Street

Lower Lever

New York, NY 10016

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library. *
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  • An Open Label Phase 1 Dose-Escalation Study to Evaluate the Safety and Preliminary Antitumor Activity of TAK-676 with Pembrolizumab Following Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Triple-Negative Breast Cancer or Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck that has Progressed on Checkpoint Inhibitors

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  • A Pivotal Randomized Open-Label Study of Optune (TTFields 200khz) Concomitant with Radiation Therapy and Temozolomide for the Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma

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  • A Phase I/II Study of M3814 and Avelumab in Combination with Hypofractionated Radiation in Patients with Advanced/Metastatic Solid Tumors and Hepatobiliary Malignancies

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