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We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Humana Premier near Willowbrook, IL.

Dr. Paul James Gordon MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN
(219) 932-2300; (219) 865-2141

Dr. Paul Gordon's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gordon is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Gordon has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: lung cancer, esophageal cancer, coronary artery disease

Dr. Christina Pham Ha MD
Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine)
24 Joliet Street
Dyer, IN
(219) 865-2141; (219) 738-2100

Dr. Christina Ha specializes in general pediatrics. She is conversant in Vietnamese. In her practice, Dr. Ha focuses on obesity, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and asthma. Dr. Ha is affiliated with Franciscan Physician Network. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Dr. Ha accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: ADHD, Asthma, Obesity, Developmental delays

James R Hunter Jr MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
(708) 957-7468; (708) 798-2950

Dr. James Hunter is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include asthma and allergies. He is in-network for Viant, TRICARE, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hunter graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Franciscan Alliance. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, asthma

Haider Ali Shirazi MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
(708) 747-4000; (708) 756-1000

Dr. Haider Shirazi is a radiation oncologist. He is professionally affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Sinai Health System (Chicago). Dr. Shirazi takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. Dr. Shirazi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Breast, Lung, Prostate, Gynecological Cancers, and Brain Tumors.


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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.