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  • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

    Do you recall working with a cleaner called "Trike", "Tri", TCE, or trichloroethylene.  It was commonly used around mechanics shops, gun shops, and electronics shops.  May well have been used on the trucks the FD used.  It is a known cause of kidney cancer and liver cancer and was declared prohibited by the military in the mid-80s because the risk of getting cancer from it was as much as 8 times higher...

    April 23 at 5:02 PM view post
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      AS long as someone files for substitution on an existing claim (spouse or child) before 12 months after the date of death, the claim remains active with the same start date.  There are a lot of next-to-worthless VSOs out there.  You have to pick through them to find a good one. Check, if you can, to see what his work specialty was in the service.  If he worked around mechanical or electronic equipment,...

      April 23 at 4:56 PM view post
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        Unfortunately, the VA plays dirty regarding nexus letters from doctors.  You cannot use a letter referring to a different patient other than yourself. You have to have a letter from a doctor who has personally reviewed all of your medical records in order for the letter to do any good.  You see, the VA does not recognize any evidence from one claim in deciding another claim.  That way, they are not bou...

        April 23 at 4:47 PM view post
        • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

          I am also a member of that group, and I'd suggest that if you have worked in mechanical or electronics repair positions you may well have been exposed to TCE (trichloroethylene) which has been documented to cause kidney and liver cancer at as high as 8 times the rate of the general population not so exposed.  It might well be a back-up for your claim because at the present time, only about 8 percent of RCC claim...

          April 23 at 4:31 PM view post
          • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

            Sorry, for your loss.  You can still file a claim for survivor benefits based on his medical history, but it would not be retroactive. Kidney cancer, however, is still not recognized as a disease caused by AO because virtually nobody is doing any research to determine if there is a connection.  The study done in Shreveport was a small study but the VA never followed up even though in the period of 17 years ...

            April 23 at 4:24 PM view post
            • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

              I worked in military electronics for just three years but was expised to daily fumes and skjn contact with TCE (trichloroethylene)  which is a clraner/degreaser. that may well have been used to clean mwtal before welding it.  Suggest you look into that as well.  My oncologist says it was more likely than not the cause kf my kidney cancer.  Studies show a major increase in risk of kidney and liver ...

              March 21 at 2:57 PM view post
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                Good thinking.  Your tumor likely took 12 years or more to develop.  Most RCC tumors are found incidental to some other reason for the scan because most people are asymtomatic before discovery.  I had one that measured close to 7 cm - all within the right kidney - and never knew it until an MRI of my back for lower back pain from bulging discs was completed.  It's a relatively rare cancer type and...

                March 09 at 4:46 PM view post
                • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

                  Yes, by all means see a doctor, but the yellowing in the nails and the dark urine points toward the liver not kidney.  May be minor, or not...only way to know is to see a doctor and have the needed tests.  Best Wishes and prayers for a good outcome.

                  January 27 at 5:38 PM view post
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                    I Get my medical care from the VA and they will not do a scan with contrast if my eGFR level is 50 or below.  So far, mine has been above 60 so my remaining kidney seems to be doing the job well.  My scans are about six months apart up to present, but may become more frequent as last week's scan showed new nodules in my lungs.  I am very careful about what is done with the contrast, but they tell me th...

                    January 27 at 4:04 PM view post
                    • starkwood has replied to a post on the message board

                      It if not uncommon for kidney cancer to develop over a long period of time without symptoms.  My RCC was found quite by accident when I had an MRI for lower back issues (ruptured discs) but in the process of reviewing the scans, a 7 cm tumor was found in my right kidney.  No symptoms whatsoever.  It was removed in 2014 and all was well until 2017 when nodules began appearing in both lungs.  All bu...

                      January 27 at 3:57 PM view post
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