November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month! During this month, it is important to educate yourself about the different types of lung cancer.

What is Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?

Non-small cell lung cancer affects the cells lining the surface of the lung’s airways. Non-small cell lung cancers are usually slower growing than small cell lung cancers. The cells of a NSCLC tumor are typically larger in size.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers make up about 80% of all lung cancer cases.

Types of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Adenocarcinoma– often start in the outer region of the lung, in glands that would normally secrete mucus to help you breathe. 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma– starts in the squamous cells, which are thin, flat cells that line the inside of the airways.

Large Cell Carcinoma– this type of lung cancer can occur anywhere in the lung and is usually aggressive.

Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer. 

What is Small Cell Lung Cancer?

Like its name suggests, small cell lung cancer contains cells that are smaller in size. SCLC tends to grow and spread in the body quickly, but usually responds well to chemotherapy and radiation. Most people are diagnosed with SCLC when the disease has already spread.

Small Cell Lung Cancers are less common and only make up about 20% of all lung cancer cases.

Types of Small Cell Lung Cancer

Small Cell Carcinoma– The cells of a small cell carcinoma tumor look flat under a microscope. 

Combined Small Cell Carcinoma– is a tumor that’s made up of some small cell carcinoma cells and some non-small cell lung cancer cells.

Small Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of small cell lung cancer

Garden State Radiation Oncology offers treatment for lung cancer.

To contact Garden State Radiation Oncology, use the information below:

Phone: 732.240.0053



In recent years, there has been a large rise of seniors enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans. These plans are private plans that are advertised as an alternative to “traditional” Medicare plans, but in reality, they are a get rich quick scheme for insurance companies. Medicare Advantage plan providers get more funding for “sicker patients” and this has led to a large number of doctors over diagnosing their patients.
Every year, the government loses around 12-25 billion dollars to these plans and doctors over diagnosing their patients. There have been reports that doctors were incentivized to over diagnose their patients with presents and champagne.
Unfortunately, over half of all Medicare enrollments are in these Medicare Advantage plans that thrive on trapping people and denying treatment. 80% of Medicare Advantage plans are for-profit and therefore benefit greatly from “sick” patients. These Medicare Advantage firms use deceptive advertising to make these plans seem favorable to seniors when in reality, seniors are denied many options when seeking help. A lot of doctors are considered “out of network” for patients with Medicare Advantage plans, which leaves them with insurmountable fees to pay and denied coverage.
These Medicare Advantage plans will often target younger seniors and promise them low rates while they are healthier. This leads to people believing that this plan will also be beneficial to them. In reality, as seniors become “sicker” they will have very few options with this healthcare plan. Medicare Open Enrollment began on October 15, and this is a great time to reevaluate your healthcare plan.

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