pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Mon Feb 25, 2019 07:31 PM

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I have been doing some online research and the most recent report I can find is "Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides (10th Biennal Update)"   (If anyone knows of something more recent, please let me know). BTW - you don't have to buy but can read on line.  http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2016/Veterans-a

Basically this is just a review of published research which is used to make recommendations regarding effects and used by the VA for the "presumptive" lists.  While I am not a researcher and have only limited undersranding from 1 research class in graduate school, what I see is very limited research to document or dismiss the connection between PC and herbicides.  The only study that directly uses actual U.S. Viet Nam veterans is on women nurses and there is documented an increased rate of PC for nurses who served in Viet Nam in both 2006 & 2008 but this was discounted as statistically insignificant with this statement "but concluded that it alone did not constitute limited or suggestive evidence of an association." The only other studies used in the review were on veterans in New Zealand, Korea and Austalia or agriculture workers.  I believe it is a stretch to say that their exposure would be identical to our US veterans.  The problem, as we all know, is that PC victims typically do not live long enough for research studies to enroll them and most reserach studies.  The VA studies that I have looked at for male vetereans have involved living victins without considering statistics from deceased populations where the majority of PC victims will be found.  The VA studies have repeatedly stated there is insufficient or inadequate information to make the connection.  I know during the time my husband was sick the VA launched a large health study of (randomly selected) veterans but we were not chosen for the study.  SO - basically I think our main problem is a lack of evidence to establish the connection because of inadequate or poorly designed research studies.  Perhaps our first line of attack might need to be campainging for well designed, targeted research?  While we have all suffered losses and can quote instances of other veterans suffering PC, this is seen as "incidental" data and will not win "presumpive" status.  Does anyone have suggestions on how to initiate the kind of reserach we need?

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Curenado on Mon Feb 25, 2019 08:19 PM

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You might be able to get the data out of "Morbidity and Mortality" reports for those search terms, but to get anything going or done about it, I think you have to get your local or a friendly politician involved? Data is probably there, its the cost of the thing VA or congress (i think....think) has to approve to correlate and make formal? Senator Tom Cotton, (R) Arkansas is a vet and might be a contact try for you? I am just not sure but I think that is how it goes. Compelling data gets presented to someone that can draw any kind of real federal attention to it. Quite an undertaking but wish you the best.

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