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's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Lem's areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and interstitial lung disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's South Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Lem is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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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 Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
800 Nw Chipman Road; Suite 5950
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Samiran Patel practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology. In Dr. Patel's practice, he is particularly interested in lung cancer, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Before completing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is 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 specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, the University of Washington (UW) Medicine, and Saint Luke's East Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kohn attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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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 is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. He works in Warrensburg, MO, Lees Summit, MO, and Kansas City, MO. Dr. Smeltzer's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is affiliated with Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Smeltzer's residency was performed 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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