Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

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Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by PeggyGoins on Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:50 AM

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I would like to know how many other veitnam veterans on this board is suffering or has suffered with esophageal cancer. I would like to hear from the veteran or the surviving spouse. My 65 year old husband served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. In September 2015 after an EGD and colonoscopy were performed he was dxd with stage 4 esophageal cancer. After more testing they found the cancer in lymphnodes..stomach..and liver.. My husband was not exposed to anything in his work career that would have caused this.. No family cancer history..Agent Orange was the only chemical he was exposed to for the time he was in Vietnam.. The va has approved cancers in almost every aspect of the body and throat region except for the Esophagus which makes no sense because all the veterans went to Vietnam with their Esophagus in their bodies so how can agent orange not effect this organ also?? Please anyone care to share their experience or their spouses?? 

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by ToddlerFather on Mon Feb 05, 2018 02:44 AM

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Agent Orange studies divide cancers in 3 categories, and all gastrointestinal cancers are in "inadequate / insufficient evidence":

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/agent-orange-and

The throat is part of the respiratory system where there is limited evidence of association. Does any of the cases covered by VA fall into the same  "inadequate / insufficient evidence" category ? 

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by Ahall724 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 02:12 PM

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You fight them until they find the direct link of your husbands cancer to AGENT Orange....Here's why I say that:

My Father was in Vietnam from 1969-1972. He passed away on January 23, 1995 3 months after being diagnosed with stage 4 Nueroendocrine Small Cell Esophageal Cancer secondary Non Small Cell Adenoma Lung Carcinoma.....The cancer had widely metastasized throughout his entire body. 

I was 11 at the time and I even remeber how awful the VA treated my father.....Opinion on the VA....Veterans Affairs should be stuck in a field with chemical warfair aka Agent Orange and when they pop up with any type of cancer should Be denied for ANYTHING. They honestly pretty much will go with whatever answer Saves them the $$ or gets them out of paying any benefits;

A biopsy was done on the esophagus only, so the VA labled the Esophagus as the primary sight and lung secondary and denied all claims due to Esophagus cancer Not approved  as an Agent Orange Cancer.

These people denied my fathers claim based off the "opinion" literally..... ONE DOCTORS statement when there were 3 that supported the claim of Agent orange as the cause.

 My dad filed a request for aid and disabilty with the VA on Oct 26, 1994..... DENIED, they denied him....still to this day I think about how it must have felt to serve your country honorably as a draftee, find out you have stage 4 cancer and you are going to die very soon, have a wife and 3 children that you provide for soley, and DENIED?  WOW way to go VA....

After my father passed away my Mother tried again and made a death claim with the VA on February 28, 1995 and it was quickly dismissed and denied as well. Once again 3 for the claim 1 against. Still denied.  We had to accept that it was just that....she never really thought about it again...

Flash forward 10 years to March 05, 2005,My mother recieves a packet from an appeals office for veterans affairs, we have no idea how or when it was appealed, but someone got it to where it needed to be....

The letter stated that Claim had been adjucated and was APPROVED......

They had reopened the whole entire file and reexamined everything in my dads medical history and what was founded unanimously was that the Esopagus cancer was the secondary location site and that the Primary cancer started in the lung which is approved as an Agent Orange Cancer.  Once again medical file examined by several Doctors including 2 from the original claim investigation within the VA found that "cancer with nueroendocrine features" Are most likely to start in the lung and infatrate the esophagus versus the other way around as previous opinion stated. 

Your husbands other locations that the cancer was found is on on the AGENT ORANGE approved list.... so do not accept the Esophagus cancer as the Primary/starting point....you find where it started first..... and push!

I have the legal VA case docs from my dads file if you want to march them in hand to your husbads doc and make them dig deeper so it doesnt take your case 10 years for whats right!

I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers as you face this hoorible cancer and VA battle, as even 23 years later the memory of it never fades. I am so sorry for your husbands diagnosis and hope he has a better prognosis than what I know of that type of cancer. 

~Ashley

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by Ahall724 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 02:59 PM

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Also here is more info on what was added as of December 2016 

http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:38%20section:1116%20edition:prelim)

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/334

https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-

another bill is about to be passed for Agent Orange in 2018 as well so hopefully it will include your husbands claim...

RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by PeggyGoins on Mon Feb 05, 2018 02:59 PM

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Thank you!

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by PeggyGoins on Mon Feb 05, 2018 03:01 PM

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My husband passed away in february 2016 after only 5 months

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by Lilith on Wed Mar 21, 2018 09:58 PM

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On Feb 05, 2018 3:01 PM PeggyGoins wrote:

My husband passed away in february 2016 after only 5 months

I'm so sorry for your loss Peggy.

I have two family members fighting this cancer right now. 

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by udornThailand on Thu Jun 07, 2018 03:18 PM

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My husband was stationed at Udorn Thailand until later part of 1974.  He was diagnosed with Esphageal cancer that had matastisied to the liver on 5/5/05. He also had extreme bleeding in the stomach and would vomit large quantities of blood.  He passed away 3/23/06.  We had applied soon after he received the news of the cancer - for agent orange cause and I followed up again after he passed away and was denied.  Have appealed again this year and I have to provide all kinds of things that I have no clue how to do this.  I need responses and info from others (or their spouses) that were stationed at Udorn Thailand in 1973 - 1974 or before.  He also had volunteered to retrieve bodies in Laos.  He told me he had to turn in his dog tags before boarding the plane.  Military has no record of this for him.  They also say he was assigned as indoor duty so he would not have been exposed to the agent orange while stationed there.  Please help me. 

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by burchj on Tue Jul 31, 2018 06:30 PM

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On Feb 05, 2018 12:50 AM PeggyGoins wrote:

I would like to know how many other veitnam veterans on this board is suffering or has suffered with esophageal cancer. I would like to hear from the veteran or the surviving spouse. My 65 year old husband served in Vietnam from 1970-1971. In September 2015 after an EGD and colonoscopy were performed he was dxd with stage 4 esophageal cancer. After more testing they found the cancer in lymphnodes..stomach..and liver.. My husband was not exposed to anything in his work career that would have caused this.. No family cancer history..Agent Orange was the only chemical he was exposed to for the time he was in Vietnam.. The va has approved cancers in almost every aspect of the body and throat region except for the Esophagus which makes no sense because all the veterans went to Vietnam with their Esophagus in their bodies so how can agent orange not effect this organ also?? Please anyone care to share their experience or their spouses?? 

My husband was in the Navy from 62-66 and was in Vietnam on ship during this time.  He has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer.  He did the time so he should be entitled to complete medical care without cost to him, but because he does not have a service connected disability we must pay co-pays we can't afford.

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by debbiedale on Sun Sep 02, 2018 05:57 PM

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On Feb 05, 2018 2:12 PM Ahall724 wrote:

You fight them until they find the direct link of your husbands cancer to AGENT Orange....Here's why I say that:

My Father was in Vietnam from 1969-1972. He passed away on January 23, 1995 3 months after being diagnosed with stage 4 Nueroendocrine Small Cell Esophageal Cancer secondary Non Small Cell Adenoma Lung Carcinoma.....The cancer had widely metastasized throughout his entire body. 

I was 11 at the time and I even remeber how awful the VA treated my father.....Opinion on the VA....Veterans Affairs should be stuck in a field with chemical warfair aka Agent Orange and when they pop up with any type of cancer should Be denied for ANYTHING. They honestly pretty much will go with whatever answer Saves them the $$ or gets them out of paying any benefits;

A biopsy was done on the esophagus only, so the VA labled the Esophagus as the primary sight and lung secondary and denied all claims due to Esophagus cancer Not approved  as an Agent Orange Cancer.

These people denied my fathers claim based off the "opinion" literally..... ONE DOCTORS statement when there were 3 that supported the claim of Agent orange as the cause.

 My dad filed a request for aid and disabilty with the VA on Oct 26, 1994..... DENIED, they denied him....still to this day I think about how it must have felt to serve your country honorably as a draftee, find out you have stage 4 cancer and you are going to die very soon, have a wife and 3 children that you provide for soley, and DENIED?  WOW way to go VA....

After my father passed away my Mother tried again and made a death claim with the VA on February 28, 1995 and it was quickly dismissed and denied as well. Once again 3 for the claim 1 against. Still denied.  We had to accept that it was just that....she never really thought about it again...

Flash forward 10 years to March 05, 2005,My mother recieves a packet from an appeals office for veterans affairs, we have no idea how or when it was appealed, but someone got it to where it needed to be....

The letter stated that Claim had been adjucated and was APPROVED......

They had reopened the whole entire file and reexamined everything in my dads medical history and what was founded unanimously was that the Esopagus cancer was the secondary location site and that the Primary cancer started in the lung which is approved as an Agent Orange Cancer.  Once again medical file examined by several Doctors including 2 from the original claim investigation within the VA found that "cancer with nueroendocrine features" Are most likely to start in the lung and infatrate the esophagus versus the other way around as previous opinion stated. 

Your husbands other locations that the cancer was found is on on the AGENT ORANGE approved list.... so do not accept the Esophagus cancer as the Primary/starting point....you find where it started first..... and push!

I have the legal VA case docs from my dads file if you want to march them in hand to your husbads doc and make them dig deeper so it doesnt take your case 10 years for whats right!

I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers as you face this hoorible cancer and VA battle, as even 23 years later the memory of it never fades. I am so sorry for your husbands diagnosis and hope he has a better prognosis than what I know of that type of cancer. 

~Ashley

I am trying to get survivors benefits for step-mother.  My dad died from esophageal cancer and dibetes.  He served 3 tours in Vietnam.  She has been denied.  Need help.

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