We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Medicaid near Modesto, CA.

Robert M. Tanaka M.D.
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
600 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA

Dr. Robert Tanaka's medical specialty is critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Tanaka's medical residency was performed at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lung problems. Dr. Tanaka is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Lung Problems

Dr. Patricio Clavecillas Jr. MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
401 Paradise Road; Suite E
Modesto, CA

Dr. Patricio Clavecillas practices family medicine. He is a graduate of West Visayas State University College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Clavecillas include primary care, diabetes management, and asthma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Clavecillas is conversant in Filipino. He is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute and HealthCare Partners IPA - Little Company of Mary. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Primary Care, Diabetes Management, Elder Care, Asthma, Anxiety Disorders

Alberto Cajigas MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 4.84 stars (7 ratings)
1144 Coffee Road
Modesto, CA

Dr. Alberto Cajigas specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Modesto, CA. Dr. Cajigas is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests encompass enuresis (bed wetting), asthma, and behavior problems. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. For his residency, Dr. Cajigas trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Cajigas speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Memorial Medical Center, Modesto, and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Enuresis, Asthma, Behavior Problems

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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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