pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Mon May 01, 2017 09:54 PM

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On May 01, 2017 6:40 PM Julie2015 wrote:

I wanted to ask a question.  My husband passed away 22 months ago - is it too late to see if there are any benefits I can get ... Pancreatic cancer with mets.........A1c was 6.3

It may not be too late.  Did he have a diabetes diagnosis and agent orange exposure?  I suggest u consult  va rep in your area.  Your best bet will probably be to establish the claim based on the diabetes and then the diabetes connection to the pancreatc cancer but a va rep would be the best source of advice  It is probably going to be a long bttle but one you should initiate as soon as possible as all benefits award will be payable from the date of your filing - not their deciiion.  Good luck and let me know if I can be of further help. My husband is still battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer but we were able to get benefits based on the path above..  

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Mon May 01, 2017 11:15 PM

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Thank you for the info. I will go on the internet to see if I can find a VA rep in Vegas.  So sorry your going through this with your husband, he will be in my prayers.  Sincerely....

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Mon May 01, 2017 11:54 PM

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I failed to say that there should be no charge for the assistance of thhe VA rep.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by pmaggie12 on Tue May 02, 2017 12:40 AM

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He had diabetes but months before the pancreatic cancer was diagnosed. My VA rep states I have to prove his exposure, since he did not have "boots on the ground". He was on the USS Enterprise and it ported at Subic Bay which it was proven the barrels were stored there and leaked. I was basically told I have to prove he touch it. I stated how am I going to do that since I am not my husband. So I am at a brick wall right now. Unless they  put pancreatic cancer on their list.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Tue May 02, 2017 01:45 AM

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Wow your kidding.  The VA is putting you through all of this. How sad.  My late husband's blood sugar started spiking maybe a year or two before he got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

So sorry the VA is putting you through all this stress. 

Pancreatic cancer needs to be on their list!  Too many Vietnam Vets are getting pancreatic cancer.

I will also call a VA rep sometime this week, have to do my homework and get some contacts.  I will let you know how it goes with me.

Take care, what state are you in? I am in Nevada.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Tue May 02, 2017 02:14 AM

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Thanks!

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by pmaggie12 on Tue May 02, 2017 06:59 AM

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I live in Michigan. If you need any help, that I might have info on let me know. Someone suggested in writing John McCain about putting all cancers on the list.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Tue May 02, 2017 02:51 PM

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On May 02, 2017 12:40 AM pmaggie12 wrote:

He had diabetes but months before the pancreatic cancer was diagnosed. My VA rep states I have to prove his exposure, since he did not have "boots on the ground". He was on the USS Enterprise and it ported at Subic Bay which it was proven the barrels were stored there and leaked. I was basically told I have to prove he touch it. I stated how am I going to do that since I am not my husband. So I am at a brick wall right now. Unless they  put pancreatic cancer on their list.

Have you loked iinto the "blue water" information? I saw an article recently said that the VA has granted benefits to a "limited number of cases but can't remember where.  The diabetes is important because it is a presumptive disease and both the National Diiabetes Foundationn and most recent agent orange study both document an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients who have diabetes.  iF you can figure out a way to prove the exposure you can start from the diabetes - pancreatic cancer link.  I actually tuuped a letter citing those sources with quotes and thhe statement "as likely as not related" and our oncologist was willling to sign although he had initially said he didn't think there was a connection between the 2 diseases.  This letter an the research I printed and sumitted with his claim was enough for us to win.  My experience is if you do the reasearch and submit the data and articles the VA rep will submit and stand behind your claim.  Hard work but was worth the effort.  Good luck and let me know if I can be of further help.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Fri May 12, 2017 04:09 PM

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I called the VA at 1 800 827-1000.  They told me that I cannot file an Agent Orange claim since my husband is deceased.  He signed up for the Agent Orange registry about 2 or 3 months before his death.  :(

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by bonniebarb55 on Tue May 16, 2017 02:51 AM

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I have been looking at sites on Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes. There are cases that won and it looks like in the future the VA will recognize Pancreatic Cancer due to the Diabetes type 2. I was denied on my first claim then we hired a Lawyer and got the ball rolling. I asked my lawyer if I could get a copy of my husbands' medical records from the VA. He had all his procedures performed there. I read some people had trouble getting their medical records. I received it on a CD. From when my husband got drafted until when he died. Never give up! I received a letter today stating that his claim is docketed. Hope to hear the end is near. Money is running out! Anyone out there, can you tell me how long it takes to receive the final verdict?

 

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