We found 3 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept CIGNA Plans near Lees Summit, MO.

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

Dr. Samiran Patel's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Before performing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include lung cancer, pleural effusion (water on the lungs), and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He honors Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, pleural effusion (water on the lungs), pulmonary fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Respiratory Infection, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, ... (Read more)

John Paul Greenwood MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
800 Nw Chipman Road; Suite 5950
Lees Summit, MO

Dr. John Greenwood's areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He is especially interested in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. Dr. Greenwood honors Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, interstitial lung disease

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Acute Respiratory Failure, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease

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's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology; he sees patients in Lees Summit, MO, Warrensburg, MO, and Kansas City, MO. His areas of clinical interest consist of genitourinary cancer, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Smeltzer honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hedrick Medical Center, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Genitourinary 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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