Vietnam Veteran Agent Orange

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Vietnam Veteran Agent Orange

by RFreeman on Fri Dec 28, 2018 02:44 AM

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I was just diagnosed Dec.10th with esophagus cancer stage 2, I'm 68 yrs. old. I served in Vietnam boots on the ground 1969-1971 2 tours and currently 100% disable with coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, PTSD, and a few other problems all related to Agent Orange Exposure, I know Esophagus Cancer is not listed but I'm filling a claim anyway hoping it will be accepted if not now maybe one day, I just had my appointments with the surgeon, oncology, and radiation, based on my current health I'm not able to undergo surgery, radiation said they would try for 2 weeks and my survival is a year, I meet with the onco Dr. And with my current health I feel that I cannot withstand the Chemo with all the affects it will bring on and my survival outcome won't change, I saw my mother 3 years ago go thru chemo and it destroyed her physicaly she would have been better off not doing nothing, and the same with my foster son and my father in law went thru the same suffering. so I have decided I'm going to go thru this and live the rest of my life the best that I can and be with my family to the end with out all the extra sickness brought on thru chemo and radiation, and just trust in Jesus to get me thru this to the end.

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by starkwood on Thu Jan 03, 2019 05:17 PM

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Sorry to hear of your health issues.  I served in Thailand and Vietnam in 1969-69 and had a kidney cancer tumor removed in 2014 and another tumor (spread of kidney C) removed from my lung in 2017.  Since then, nothing going on.  Kidney cancer is also not recognized as being caused by AO but if your oncologist provides a letter stating that it is more likely than not that the cancer was caused by exposure to herbicides, you could win your case.  I would think that you other issues would have been presumed as caused by herbicide exposure already.  If for no other reason than to hold the VA responsible, never give up.  File your claim.  Nothing to lose and everything to gain especially if you have surviving relative(s) that might be eligible for benefits.  God Bless.  Prayers for your well-being.  Tom S. USAF Sgt.

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by donsmrs on Thu Jan 03, 2019 09:47 PM

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Gentlemen, in 2017, the VA issue a public statement admitting that Agent Orange can cause RCC and that over 90% of those tested had the clear cell variety.  The VA approved 2 claims for RCC/ Agent Orange in 2017 just in my church community, evidently without a fuss. As an RN and my husband's nurse, I kept up on this cancer, its research and what was available to control it until my husband died, 19 months ago, after a 7-year battle with it. It was clear cell and very aggressive. He had been a FAC in Nam. Breathing in all that the good stuff as he flew an 01 Bird Dog through it.  Google the VA statement on RCC and Agent Orange and you'll see what I mean. And yes, an MD/ONC statement expressed just as you suggested, Tom,  is the way to approach it. Better to start the process sooner than later. DonsMrs

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by Justkeepswimmin on Fri Jan 04, 2019 05:12 PM

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Hello 

I just wanted to thank you for your service and I hope that you get the treatment that you need. I hope that you have more time than your prognosis is giving you. I wish you good times and memories with your families. 

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by starkwood on Sat Jan 05, 2019 02:12 AM

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Would certainly appreciate a link or reference to that statement regarding RCC and AO.  The last published NAM report still showed it as insufficient evidence of connection.  I have been unable to find any reference on the internet.  Thanks, Tom

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