We found 4 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Silver Compass Balanced 2000 near Mckinney, TX.

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Dr. Anand Thanwar Shivnani, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
5236 W. University Drive; Suite 1000
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Anand Shivnani practices radiation oncology in Dallas, TX, Sherman, TX, and McKinney, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Shivnani include stomach tumor, rectal cancer, and sinus cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shivnani takes. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Shivnani is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Allen, and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung tumor

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Urologic Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Abdominal Cancer, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jill Prince Heffernan, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
5236 W. University Drive; Suite 1000
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Jill Heffernan sees patients in Sherman, TX, Denison, TX, and McKinney, TX. Her medical specialty is radiation oncology. After attending Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her areas of expertise include the following: stomach tumor, rectal cancer, and sinus cancer. Dr. Heffernan is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung tumor

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Dr. Nandita Gopal Rao, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5236 W. University Drive; Suite 1000
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Nandita Rao is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. She attended Rangaraya Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas for residency. Her clinical interests include leukemia, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and lung cancer. Dr. Rao honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Oncology.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer

Dr. Zahid N Zafar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4201 Medical Center Drive; Suite 300
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Zahid Zafar is an internist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zafar include erectile dysfunction (impotence), depression, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). Dr. Zafar is affiliated with Medical City McKinney (MCM). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Zafar attended Dow Medical College for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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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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