pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Fri Nov 16, 2018 02:12 PM

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Sorry, I really don't know the timeline. You could always ask. 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jlr1967 on Sun Jan 27, 2019 08:01 PM

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On Jul 06, 2018 10:51 PM BarbaraS wrote:

I just won my appeal with the BVA for PanCan.  My husband filed for this before he passed away. As usual the VA denied PanCan and his Type 2 Diabetes caused because of Agent Orange. I promised him I would see this through and we hired a Lawyer. Thanks to the Lawyer, we won! I will be getting DIC and Compensation for his death. I would rather have him with me  Right now I didn't receive the rating but it should be coming soon. Never give up!! To prove service related he must have boots on the ground. Diabetes is the key factor with the agent Orange.

Hi, I am new to this group and wondered if the group is still active. 

Joedy

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Julie2015 on Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:08 PM

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Yes still active, no compensation because my late husband's A1c was 6.3 and I put him on a diet so he wouldn't become a full blown diabetic. Then he got pancreatic cancer. This was in May 2015.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Mon Jan 28, 2019 02:37 PM

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Yes, I still follow and reply to anyone that I think I can help.  We were able to get 100% disability by connecting my husband's pancreatic cancer to his diabetes which is a presumptive agent orange disease.  Unfortunately I lost my husband in July 2017 but in is honor I want to support the ongoing fight to get Pancratic Cancer put on the presumptive list.  

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jlr1967 on Thu Feb 07, 2019 07:11 PM

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On Jan 28, 2019 2:37 PM jburkh168 wrote:

Yes, I still follow and reply to anyone that I think I can help.  We were able to get 100% disability by connecting my husband's pancreatic cancer to his diabetes which is a presumptive agent orange disease.  Unfortunately I lost my husband in July 2017 but in is honor I want to support the ongoing fight to get Pancratic Cancer put on the presumptive list.  

My husband died 2/16 of pancreatic ca. He was in VN from '68 -69. He was in the C/2/60 9thID. I wish I had found this site a couple of years ago. I started the claim process (for DIC) about 10/16 and still going strong. (My husband did not have diabetes). I do have a lawyer and we are now at the BVA.  Just last week I found out that they have only won 1 case for PC. I don't know, this is so stupid crazy, so far it just doesn't look good to me. I'm trying to come up with plan B but I'm so angry I'm having a hard time thinking. Does anyone have any suggestions? My husband would never have given up on his troops and I will not give up on any wife or family who is going thru this. thanks for listening

 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Thu Feb 07, 2019 08:12 PM

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Since he was "boots on ground" in Viet Nam, he is presumed to have been exposed to agent orange so that is not a fight you have to fight.  Have you looked at the presumptive disease list to see if he had any of the other illnesses on the list and then research to see if there might be a connection to the PC? I no longer have the list but you should easily be able to get it from your lawyers or the VA.  I'm afraid you proably do have an uphill fight which is why we so desperately need PC added to the list of presumptives.  The last agent orange report that I looked at admitted that there needed to be more research on a connection between PC and agent orange exposure but as far as I know that has not been done.  We really should try to get a united effort to put some pressure on for this to be done.  I understand your anger - it is so hard to watch your loved one die inch by inch as we have had to do.  Even with a lawyer I think you have to do the "leg work" to make the case.  Go online and read the agent orange report to see if you can find something that connects to your husband's situation.  Also,did he have an elevated A1C count that might indicate prediabetes?  I'm guessing the death certificate lists PC as the "cause of death" which I'm pretty sure VA will deny benefits for but if you can connect it to something that that is covered, you might have a fighting chance.  The magic wordss are "as likely as not connected to ...(something on the presumptive list)" from a doctor.  I had a very hard time getting that but once I created a letter with concrete evidence, I was able to get the oncologist to sign it.  I am praying for you and all other widows/widowers/caregivers who have to go through this as I write for peace, wisdom and the strength to fight our individual battles.  If I can think of anything else, I will let you know.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jlr1967 on Sat Feb 16, 2019 08:51 PM

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Thanks very much for your reply. I've had a hard time getting on this site with my password. Sorry I'm so late.

Yes, I have read all the information and done everything right ( I think) and yes, it is an uphill battle. I do leg work every day and haven't found anything to make a connection except high BP. Although that isn't on the list, I feel it will be in the future. My Dr. is writting a letter now with the hope that it will keep the case going.  As far as I can tell, A1C was not done. In rereading the records I did see that his glucose levels were up into 180-200, but that was only for the few days before he died. 

I know I have to wait for a final decision but what can be done after that? Congress? In the meantime , we know what causes PC and they know it. They just don't want to pay but they will thank you for your service. Talk is cheap! 

Sorry, I get going off on a rant. This process is just stupid crazy.  Thanks for listening.

 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Curenado on Wed Feb 20, 2019 07:17 PM

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I am only chirping to thank you for the veteran sites and say this is a good thread. Vets help each other.

I am treating my AF vet brother for pancreatic now....he of course will not get his test results back until next month, but with his sugar going up and wieght down, he wasn't waiting. He did this 2 years ago and was treated.......before "they" even got him in for treatment, but it scared us. I have always done pro bona for vets where ever I was.

Thank you for your service, that made my life possible.

Best Wishes to all of you always -

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jnagle75 on Fri Feb 22, 2019 05:41 PM

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I am so sorry for your loss. We just found out that my father has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was in Viet nam from 67-69. He was infantry Big Red 1 and was already getting 70% diabilty for diabetes, ischemic heart diease and peripheral neuropathy. Right now my dad only has fatigue and itching. A year ago he had back pain and weight loss of 45 pounds but since then he gained 10 pounds back and has maintained that for over 6 months with a healthy appetite and all the pain resolved. I was curious if your dad was given any chemo or radiation and how long he lived after being diagnosed stage 4. This is so heartbreaking and I am so devasted as to what is coming for him. God bless all our Veterans and thier familes. I pray your mother gets the benefits she is entitled to. 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Curenado on Fri Feb 22, 2019 05:58 PM

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We are South of Las Cruces, NM and barely making it ourselves, but I have always done pro bona for our Vets in any help we could offer. If you are near us, we would be glad to visit with you and share any resources or help we might have with you.

Its the ones who struggle financially that have a hard time finding things and when they see prices on cbd and other helpers, it gets really discouraging for them. There are vets growing things to help vets here too. What a great group of Americans they are.

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