Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Lung Center of Nevada

Lung Center of Nevada, a division of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, is a team of board-certified pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, and administrative support staff who are dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients with lung disease and sleep disorders. The division adds to CCCN’s multidisciplinary approach by offering more services to patients, especially those with lung and bronchus cancer, which remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in Nevada. Approximately 1,700 Nevadans will be diagnosed with a form of lung or bronchus cancer this year.

Comprehensive’s team of board certified pulmonologists is dedicated to diagnosing, treating and educating adult patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders. These include diseases such as:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Cough
  • Nicotine Dependence
  • Snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Treatment for lung disease

Lung Center of Nevada provides evaluation, diagnosis and referrals for treatment options to patients with lung and bronchus cancer as well as treatment for various pulmonary diseases including asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic cough and nicotine dependence.

CCCN offers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for patients of two high-risk groups; patients that are 55 years and older who have smoked for 30 or more pack years. A pack year is defined as 20 cigarettes smoked every day for one year. The second high-risk group consists of patients 50 years and older who have smoked for 20 or more pack years. Patients with select risk factors include those who have been exposed to radon, have worked in a chemical-heavy environment or have a family history of lung cancer or a related disease, such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis. The CT scan service is currently available at the Central Valley location, Southwest location and Henderson location. For more information about the service, visit our Diagnostic Imaging page.

Treatment for sleep disorders

The pulmonary division also treats patients suffering from sleep disorders at the Desert Sleep Disorders Center (DSDC), a full service sleep disorders center with four Board Certified Sleep Medicine doctors as well as a highly trained staff of technicians. The sleep center specializes in patient care, focusing on the needs and concerns of the patient to provide the highest quality of service.

There is a number of sleep disorders that can decrease a person’s quality of life and can cause problems if left untreated, including:

Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder cause by the soft tissue in the throat falling and blocking the airway. When this happens, our bodies naturally wake us up briefly to open the airway so we can breathe again. Sleep Apnea can cause complications down the road if not treated early. Treatment options range from machines that help with breathing to surgery.

Other Sleep Disorders (partial list)

  • Insomnia
  • Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)
  • REM Behavior Disorders (RBD)
  • Nocturnal seizures
  • Night terrors
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

The sleep center is located at the Lung Center of Nevada Southwest location, 9280 W. Sunset Road, Suite 312, Las Vegas, NV 89148. For more information about the Desert Sleep Disorders Center, please click here.

Physicians
John (Jack) Collier, MD, FCCP, DABSM
Nisarg Changawala, MD, MPH
James Hsu, MD, FCCP, DABSM
George Tu, MD, FCCP, DABSM
John Wojcik, MD, FCCP, DABSM
Ralph Nietrzeba, MD, FCCP, FACP

Treatment Centers
Lung Center of Nevada Southwest
9280 West Sunset Road
Suite 312
Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-737-5864

Lung Center of Nevada Northwest
3150 North Tenaya Way
Suite 125
Las Vegas, NV 89128
702-869-0855