pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

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RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Joyoberst on Fri Feb 22, 2019 09:42 PM

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John lived 9 months after diagnosis. He had chemo and a slew of pills. The chemo did not do well for him, not tolerated well, so at the end he just stopped. He had lost a lot of weight, no appetite the last couple of weeks, we managed with energi drinks.He was in fair form up to the last couple of weeks of his life, then he could not walk well, a wheelchair was the best when he went to the doctors office, otherwise he was just home in his comfy chair. The only good part was that he had little pain, but he had great difficulty breathing, which was the lung cancer that eventually killed him. He was a helicopter pilot in VietNam in 68-69, boots on the ground in NakhonPhenong in Cambodia, one of the worst affected areas for having used Agent Orange. We are convinced he was affected by this, but as long as pancreatic cancer is not on the list, we wont make any headway. John had a small percentage hearing disability because of his helicopter flying, that has all been taken away now, we do not even hear from them anymore, completely ignored. I am sad as to how our veterans are being treated, we sacrificed everything while in the military, when the country needed us, however now when we need them, we are ignored.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:44 PM

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jnagle75. My hsband was diagnosed in October 2015 and lived until July 2017.  His first symptom was intense itching due to a blocked bile duct.  It was initially thought he was stage 1 or 2.  He had whipple surgery in November 2015 and had complications which delayed the start of his planned chemo and radiation. As we wer ready to start chemo in January of 2016 it was discovered the cancer had metastacized to his liver and he was stage 4 and terminal.  Radiation was no longer an ooption but he had chemo until January 2017 when his body could no longer endure the side effects.  We learned in June of 2017 that his cancer had returned.  All total we had 21 months from the time of his first symptoms. I don't know if your father has a wife but it would be important for you to immediately file a claim for "100% permanent" disability to secure DIC for her and to help your father and family get all the benefits your father is entitled to.  This is a cruel and difficult road and you need all the support available.  Prayers for your dad and family. May God walk with you through this journey.

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by jnagle75 on Sat Feb 23, 2019 01:11 AM

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jburkh168. Yes my father gets 70% at this time I filed for an increase claiming pancreatic cancer secondary to diabetes. My parents are married 47 years and she is devastated. I am a nurse and I went on healthy vet and read the MRI report my dad's 69 birthday is tomorrow and he is not aware of this diagnosis. We are waiting till Tuesday to tell him we want him to enjoy his birthday. But with liver metz I'm sure he will only be offered pallative care. Thank you for the infomation and god bless you.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jburkh168 on Sat Feb 23, 2019 02:17 PM

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jnagle75 If your Dad passes away before the VA decision on the disability claim, make sure the death certificate lists diabetes as a contributing cause of death so that you can continue to pursue the claim after his death.  Since VA doesn't recognize pancreatic cancer as agent orange related, the diabetes on the death certificate will be important.  Also, make sure they give him "permanent" disability - that detrmination will make a big difference for your mother.  Initially we had 100% temporary but that is not the same and the benefits are different.  I was reimbursed for almost all the funneral expenses (he was buried in a National Veterans Cemetary so plot, vault & stone were provided but they also paid the funeral home costs and I think the casket too).  With the permanent disability I was able to get DIC and CHAMPS VA which covers copays for expenses my medical insurance doesn't cover after a $50/year deductible.  It also got a me military depent ID which entitles me to military discounts at many places.  I'm sorry to be talking about such practical things when you are experiencing so much shock and grief but I learned that it is important to know and take action on these items quicly in order to provide for the future without him.  My husband and I were also married 47 years at the time of his death.  I miss him greatly and find comfort in helping others get through this fight as a tribute to how hard he fought.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Joyoberst on Sat Feb 23, 2019 07:59 PM

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Hi leoansk. Curious as too how you are coming along with the Va? My husband died of PC in sept 2017. I sent my inquiry to the VA, they preceded to ignore me, just handled his death as any other ‘normal’ in the system, paid their $200 or so dollars for burial etc He did not have Diabetes, and therefor his PC was not recognized as a Vietnam related illness. Can anyone, non military or otherwise, even imagine the treatment of our military heroes should end up like this?? There are plenty of us widows of PC deceased men, who served their country in Vietnam, we should band together and demand the change, class action suit, the VA/government must listen. I challenge any lawyer out there to take on such a task, we need help! Joy O.

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by pmaggie12 on Sat Feb 23, 2019 08:14 PM

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I agree with you. My husband died from PC in June 2013. He was a Vietnam vet, no boots on ground. If you get a class action suit for PC  against VA. I will join the suit. Been denied for 6 yrs now.  Let me know. Sorry for your loss and others who suffered the loss also.

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by Pruffer on Sat Feb 23, 2019 08:20 PM

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Yes'm I'm with all f you out there who's husband died from PC. I put a message on here awhile back. My husband died two weeks after diagnosis. He was boots on the ground. Earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Because he did not have diabetes he was denied .

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by jlr1967 on Sat Feb 23, 2019 08:53 PM

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I agree with you Joy O. We should have gotten a class action suite going. I just don't believe it when I hear  that there are so few vets with pc. I'm reading about them everyday. My claim is waiting to be heard by the BVA which will take another year, probably longer. It still just doesn't look good. I'm absoutely sick over the whole thing.

Does anyone have a friend in congress? I don't know if that would help but it's better than sitting around doing nothing. Since I have a lawyer I was told not to talk with the VA or to anyone in congress. I hate it, my hands are tied! Does anyone have any other ideas??? 

If any of you are on facebook check out US Wives & Widows Warriors of Agent Orange.   Joedy

 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jlr1967 on Sat Feb 23, 2019 08:56 PM

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sorry about the typos. I get so angry I forget to reread. 

RE: pancreatic cancer in Viet Nam Vet

by jnagle75 on Sun Feb 24, 2019 03:33 PM

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jburkh168. Thank you for the imformation. I truly appreciate it. 

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