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Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Benjamin Nelson works as a pediatric pulmonologist. His areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and lung tumor. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Nelson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Teaching; Fellow Award; and Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, lung tumor, lung problems

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Lung Tumor, Chronic Cough, Asthma

Specializes in Neurosurgery
32 Fruit Street - Yawkey9e
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Daniel Cahill works as a neurosurgeon in Boston, MA. Dr. Cahill has a special interest in meningioma. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cahill trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Meningioma, Lung Problems, Metastatic Cancer

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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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