Agent Orange Related Cancers

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Agent Orange Related Cancers

by Agento on Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:00 AM

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My brother is a vietnam vet. He was exposed to agent orange. He has cancer and they have told him it is very agressive type of cancer. Any success stories out there? We can't seem to find out any thing about the cancers caused by agent orange. He had a huge tumor in his chest, which they have shrunk with chemo. The cancer has now turned up in other places. Don't the veterans who were exposed get any help for treatments? Did the manufacturer & commanding officers really know what agent orange could do to our soldiers?

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by Daddysgirl72 on Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:00 AM

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I really don't think they had a clue!!!!!! We just found out that my dad has GIST Cancer and it is related to the Agent Orange. We are one of the lucky one's and that his cancer can be helped with a drug called Gleevce. My dad was in Vet Nam in 1968-1969. Have you check with the V.A. to see if there is anything he can get help with? Also have him fill out what is called a Agent Orange Exam. You will get some papers to fill out and you may need a copy of his DD2-14 to show where he was and he may help with some benifets.. I will keep your family in my Prayers.

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by Whobaby on Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:00 AM

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My father was also a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with a rare cancer called thymoma which is in his chest also. Thymoma is a very slow growing, rare cancer. The tumor was shrunk with radiation, but will never completely go away. The VA however, has been wonderful about everything. He has had surgery, radiation, and medication which is ALL paid for by the VA. I don't think the government is admitting to Agent Orange causing any of these cancers, but my father is certain that Agent Orange is probably to blame. Without the VA, I'm not sure how our family would have been able to afford everything he has needed.

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by Sarahhill on Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 6/12/2007 Daddysgirl72 wrote:

I really don't think they had a clue!!!!!! We just found out that my dad has GIST Cancer and it is related to the Agent Orange. We are one of the lucky one's and that his cancer can be helped with a drug called Gleevce. My dad was in Vet Nam in 1968-1969. Have you check with the V.A. to see if there is anything he can get help with? Also have him fill out what is called a Agent Orange Exam. You will get some papers to fill out and you may need a copy of his DD2-14 to show where he was and he may help with some benifets.. I will keep your family in my Prayers.

I found your posting very interesting. My husband also had a GIST and had servied in Viet Nam. He had surgery, was cancer free and then cancer returned. He did not respond to Gleevac and died 18 months ago. I've filed for benefits based on his service, been denied, contested that and been denied again with VA saying no link of GIST to Agent Orange.

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by jcr65566 on Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Agento Ill pray for you both, this may help him I know one thing when we have cancer the whole body sick not just one or two parts of it I have know I have had advanced prostate cancer since 2007 it was in my bones my lower back and my ribs. I still have the prostrate cancer but the bone cancer gone. I'm 57 now. at 20 I was in the 1972 intake of the Australasian NS ARMY, we trained in fields leased with the stuff for years I put up with sweating in bed at night, in summer and, in winter,, The only time it stopped is when I started fighting my cancer. For fifteen years I've been on a dose high vitamin intake because I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The vitamins helped only a little bit, but the sweating stopped all together when I went off the sugary foods as part of my Holistic alterative cancer treatment have a look at the link this is just one part of what my naturopath in 2007 put me on http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html

all the best may God bless all the ex solders going though this Ray

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by EOHaver on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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I find both of your posts interesting.  I was just diagnosed with GIST and I am the offspring of a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange.  The VA states on their website that soft tissue sarcomas are possibly a result of being exposed to Agent Orange (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/disease ) and GIST is a form of soft tissue sarcoma.

 I've been doing a little research on my own regarding the effects of Agent Orange on the offspring.  It is my belief that the effects are not harbored in only those individuals who were exposed; these diseases can be passed down through generations if the altercation of chromosomes and DNA are involved.

GIST is a form of cancer that is the result of a KIT-Gene mutation.  While spending two weeks in the hospital and enduring two separate surgeries, I was asked on numerous occassions if there is any immediate family that has cancer.  No one in my immediate family (nor extended family) has cancer so how or why my body developed this rare form of cancer is beyond anyone's imagination.  I was told by a Gasteroenterologist that has worked at Moffit Cancer Center & Research Institute for over 30 years, that he has never witness GIST in a patient younger than their late 50's...I just turned 30 in mid-June.

If Agent Orange has the ability to effect the Y-chromosome thus rendering male children either with severe birth defects or still-born (my older brother was a fully-developed still-born and my male twin was a partially-developed still-born), is it beyond the imagination to make the statement that Agent Orange could alter the KIT-Gene that is responsible for GIST?

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by Phil_A on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:00 AM

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I am a Vietnam vet 1967-68 tet and have esophageal cancer. I been through all the chemo, radiation and surgery and presently NED. I was denied service connection and now have appealed my case regarding this cancer. I have a website that you all should go to at www.vva.org  and then go to agent orange and follow the page and it will reveal all the cancers allowed on the presumtive list and then make a copy and give it to you Doctors to see if you qualify with one of the cancer listed. The VA will run you ragged but be persistant in you fight and you will prevail. We put our lives on the line serving and now they turn their backs on us again, like when returning home from nam. I wish you all the best.  Phil A.

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by steveo1 on Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:00 AM

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My father was recently diagnosed with having esophageal cancer. He also has been diagnosed with having type II diabeties and suffered two heart attacks, which the VA has linked to Agent Orange exposure. He was awarded 40% disability and is now trying to recover full disability for his esophageal cancer. The VA states that there is no known link to this particular type of cancer and Agent Orange. However, I am finding several cases where Vietnam Vet's have developed this particular type of cancer, as well as other types of cancers, who were also linked to other ailments of disability due to Agent Orange exposure. I hope that anyone in our situation is able to contact you Congress person, VA, VFW, American Legion or any other liasion and ask for disability benefits.

Our Government put our soldiers and sailors in these situations and the least we can do is provide the best care and disability benefits our country has to offer for all of our war veteran's with disabilities. It is a price our Government needs to pay for all they have sacraficed and carried with them all these years and years to come. Most can't imagine the visions, the wounds and scars, the sorrow, the hurt, the regrets, the anger, the mental stress, the feeling that God can't be real after all they have seen or been through durring war and conflicts. But we can "GIVE" billions of dollars to companies who foolishly mishandle their money. These who specialize in money markets, finances and accounting executives and some CEO's who did all they could to dodged the draft and we reward them for what? WOW, wake up America!

Check out this link if you or a loved one is suffering from esophageal cancer and were in conflict in Vietnam and have been linked to exposure to Agent Orange or need to open or apeal a case.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Esophageal.htm

 

 God Bless all Who Gave!

Steve

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by ArchangelMica on Fri Apr 05, 2013 06:01 PM

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On Jun 14, 2009 12:00 AM Sarahhill wrote:

 

On 6/12/2007 Daddysgirl72 wrote:

I really don't think they had a clue!!!!!! We just found out that my dad has GIST Cancer and it is related to the Agent Orange. We are one of the lucky one's and that his cancer can be helped with a drug called Gleevce. My dad was in Vet Nam in 1968-1969. Have you check with the V.A. to see if there is anything he can get help with? Also have him fill out what is called a Agent Orange Exam. You will get some papers to fill out and you may need a copy of his DD2-14 to show where he was and he may help with some benifets.. I will keep your family in my Prayers.

I found your posting very interesting. My husband also had a GIST and had servied in Viet Nam. He had surgery, was cancer free and then cancer returned. He did not respond to Gleevac and died 18 months ago. I've filed for benefits based on his service, been denied, contested that and been denied again with VA saying no link of GIST to Agent Orange.

Ms. Hill, I hope that someone has helped you by now--but if not start by returning to his treating oncologist and ask him to write a letter explaining that a GIST tumor is a type of soft tissue sarcoma and therefore is covered by their list of illnesses that are related to exposure to Agent Orange. They will give you a form to have the physician complete also most likely. If the physician balks at doing this, explain to them that the only terminology necessary is that this is listed above and they can include the phrase that this tumor is "in their opinion, more likely than not related to this exposure". You will need the records to document the exposure of course, but that should do it. If not, contact your local congressman with this information and ask for help. 

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by Gistresearch on Sat Dec 09, 2017 03:38 AM

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Hi! This is a reply to comment on GIST related to Soft Tissue Sarcoma. I have done many months of research to prove GIST is Soft Tissue Sarcoma. My husband is a Vietnam Vet. His job took him all over Vietnam. He was there during Tat also. VA keeps turning him down. This last time they claim that his type of GIST has the wrong type of cancer cell found in the path report. His first GIST was in 2002 outside of VA with an outside Oncologist. They told us then it was very rare and would not come back. They kept checking him.

Then my husband retired and sought VA medical health. VA watched him for a while then stopped. Then he developed Prostate cancer that They discovered in 2012. They found a hugh GIST TUMOR LYING above his stomach while performing a CT scan of his prostate.  

The TUMOR was too large and there were other complications involved with surgery so he began taking Gleevoc as another option. Since that time he has had two strokes, respiratory arrest at home requiring CPR, and a stay in ICU on life support, heart arithmias, and the cancer has spread all over his body. N

Just asking for any kind of help out there!!!

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