We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept CIGNA Plans near Lees Summit, MO.

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Dr. Vincent M Lem, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
800 Nw Chipman Road; Suite 5950
Lees Summit, MO

Dr. Vincent Lem is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Lem's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wright Memorial Hospital, Hedrick Medical Center, and Saint Luke's South Hospital. He is in-network for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Lem has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is conversant in Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease, Shortness of Breath, Chronic Cough

Dr. Samiran D Patel, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
800 Nw Chipman Road; Suite 5950
Lees Summit, MO

Dr. Samiran Patel's specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at M.P. Shah Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include lung cancer, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome, lung problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Lung Problems, Respiratory Infection, Lung Cancer, Respiratory Failure, Asthma, Acute Respiratory ... (Read more)

Dr. Aimee Debra Kohn, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
110 Ne Saint Luke's Boulevard; Suite 500
Lee's Summit, MO

Dr. Aimee Kohn is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Kohn completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, the University of Washington (UW) Medicine, and Saint Luke's East Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Lung Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Jacob Paul Smeltzer, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
110 Ne Saint Luke's Boulevard; Suite 500
Lee's Summit, MO

Dr. Jacob Smeltzer practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Kansas City, MO and Lees Summit, MO. These areas are among Dr. Smeltzer's clinical interests: urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers

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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.
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