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Hello, I was stationed at Udorn in 1973. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in ‘05. Had surgery for that and had been cancer free until Esophagael Cancer diag. In June ‘18. Filed a claim in ‘11 or ‘12 when I found out US admitted AO use at all Thailand bases. Took 2 years but was approved for comp. Don’t think EC is on the approved list for AO exposure but I could be wrong. I believe the most important thing you can prove is that he worked or lived near the base perimeter where the AO was sprayed by helicopter. I found pictures of my squadron area that showed proximity to perimeter plus travel orders, pay vouchers etc. (still can’t believe I saved that stuff). Buddy letters count a lot too. Did that for a friend of mine for his claim. Sorry about your husband. It’s unfortunate the in-country Nam vets get most of the attention (as they rightly should) while the thousands of us who served in Thailand are kind of forgotten. Just found this post so hope you’ve had some success with your claim.

4 Mos. Post-Surgery

by WesPaPa - February 17, 2019

Hi. New to this forum. Diag. EC June ‘18 Stage 2. Had 6 weeks chemo/radiation, not full dose. Tolerated pretty well. PET/CT scans showed no spread. Laparoscopic surgery done October ‘18. Had a respiratory issue shortly after surgery. Needed CPR. Doctors think excess blood clots in neck entry point for lapro. instrument pressed on trachea. Anyway, that cleared up nicely, but leaking was found where stomach/esoph. joined. Out of hospital after 9 days. Developed a cough that was very hard to deal with. After 3 mos. found a hole in my windpipe that was causing me to choke on whatever I tried to eat or drink. Stent inserted to close both holes. Cough pretty much gone after that. Still only on liquid diet but feel pretty good. After reading many of these forum posts was a little surprised to that many months, even years of recovery are common with this surgery. I realize this is a MAJOR surgery but was still taken aback. However, am VERY THANKFUL!!! Have come a long way since October. One question. Have had several dilations to widen new esophagus. Is that fairly common and on average how often will that have to be done?
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