Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

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RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by JTerzich on Sun Jan 20, 2019 05:11 PM

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My Dad was stationed at Ft.Bliss and Ft.Ord 1965-1967 and he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. We caught the cancer in time before it spread, but he is suffering from complications and is on a feeding tube, can barely walk and weighs 107lbs now. He never went to combat in Vietnam, but I have been reading about exposure to radiation and agent orange while on base. I am wondering if anyone else’s family member developed this cancer even if they did not get deployed to Vietnam?

RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by WesPaPa on Sun Sep 15, 2019 02:35 AM

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Hello, I was stationed at Udorn in 1973. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in ‘05. Had surgery for that and had been cancer free until Esophagael Cancer diag. In June ‘18. Filed a claim in ‘11 or ‘12 when I found out US admitted AO use at all Thailand bases. Took 2 years but was approved for comp. Don’t think EC is on the approved list for AO exposure but I could be wrong. I believe the most important thing you can prove is that he worked or lived near the base perimeter where the AO was sprayed by helicopter. I found pictures of my squadron area that showed proximity to perimeter plus travel orders, pay vouchers etc. (still can’t believe I saved that stuff). Buddy letters count a lot too. Did that for a friend of mine for his claim. Sorry about your husband. It’s unfortunate the in-country Nam vets get most of the attention (as they rightly should) while the thousands of us who served in Thailand are kind of forgotten. Just found this post so hope you’ve had some success with your claim.

RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by marygerardy on Wed Mar 04, 2020 09:37 PM

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Peggy - I know that 2 years has gone by since you posted. My husband was in Vietnam in 1970 - 1971, and he died of esophageal cancer in 2014, 10 months after diagnosis. No risk factors, no family history. I'm applying for DIC now. Did you have any luck?

I'm sorry for your loss - it's just so difficult!


by marygerardy on Thu Mar 05, 2020 01:17 AM

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Ashley -- Do you have any notes or files you could suggest? My late husband was in Vietnam 1970 - 1971. He. died from esophageal cancer in 2014, 10 months after his diagnosis. He said, long before he ever was sick, that Agent Orange fell like rain almost every day.

Do you have any information and resources that might help with the VA?

Mary Gerardy

RE: Vietnam veterans with esophageal cancer

by kwebergross on Thu Mar 19, 2020 08:41 PM

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Hi Peggy,

I have read your note before but it has taken me awhile to be able to respond.

My husband was in the Naval Air.  He flew in and out of Veitnam many times. He did have verified exposure when diagnosed with prostate cancer and was given disability for this.

In 2017 he was diagnosed with esophagel cancer, stage 4.  It had eroded the espohagus, causing food/fluid to go into his lung.  After a 3 month battle of chemo, radiation, feeding tubes he lost his battle.  I lost my best friend. 

Prior to his death, he placed a claim for esophageal cancer.  It is still pending.  Although my husband did smoke, there are so many vets who are dealing with this nasty disease  I can not believe there is no coolation between agent orange and esophageal cancer.  Unfortunately, I've not found much positive information on this 

I'm sorry to hear of your husband.  I know the loss leaves such a big heartache. 

If I hear of anything I will pass it along


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