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I highly recommend Pitta Baione law firm. Matthew and Chris are prompt to return calls, extremely professional, diligent, attentive and compassionate. They listen to your concerns and don't stop working on your behalf until they get results.

Linda Grandstaff

From our initial phone call, we felt extremely confident in Pitta & Baione. handling our 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim. Their expertise and familiarity with the 9/11 VCF claims process was evident in all that they did to help us with all aspects of our claim. We consistently felt their commitment to us and we continue to consider them a valued and trusted source of support.

Dawn Tauber

The attorneys in this firm were understanding, compassionate, took the time to explain everything that was needed. They kept me up-to-date with the progress of my case and did everything possible to expedite it to a successful conclusion. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who needed the assistance that I did

Robert Crook

Professional, Excellent, Caring and Distinguished Attorneys and Staff who make every client special. Always striving and determined to accomplish a positive end result. They continually keep everyone up to date with the progress and reports about a clients case. An exceptional and considerate firm. I continually refer friends and family as well as anyone looking for a great group. Thank you for your assistance. It is greatly appreciated.

George Kvocka

Matthew and his brother Chris helped me get a settlement so quickly it took my breath away! They were both not only professional and knowledgeable, but they took the time to actually talk to me and get to know me, I didn't feel like just another client, but family. They helped expedite my settlement in record time, when I needed it most!

Leslie Tarver

Christopher Baione is the Partner at the firm who assisted me with my legal needs. During a very difficult time in my life he was very patient, listened to my concerns, always had time to answer my questions and was available via phone or email. I hope to not need to call him again, but if I do, he will be the attorney I will be visiting. Excellent attorney. 5 stars from me

Carmen Fiallo

I thank you for your amazing services, very professional, respectful...my dad and I were very pleased... we appreciate Mr Matthew Baione very much and staff... we need good people like them to have a better world.

Anonymous

The firm is very professional, in particular the two Baione brothers. The staff that I had and conversations with were pleasant and very cordial. Most of all I was never confused on what was needed from me regarding my case. They have worked as speedy as I could have wished in helping me with my case. Good Group keep up the good work.

John Bucalo

My wife tells me that we were rejected by two other law firms because they felt there was no case.than she found the Baione brothers.not only did they take the case,held our hands the whole time but got us the maximum we hoped to receive

Anonymous

Pitta & Baione Successful Claims

$3+ Million

Breast Cancer
$3+ Million Breast Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a former Lower Manhattan corporate executive who developed 9/11 breast cancer.

$1.95+ Million

Brain Cancer
$1.95+ Million Brain Cancer

Favorable result secured for an NYPD detective who responded to the attacks and later suffered from 9/11 brain cancer.

$1.76+ Million

Lung Cancer
$1.76+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured a wrongful death claim on behalf of a union carpenter who worked on the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 lung cancer.

$1.65+ Million

Thyroid Cancer
$1.65+ Million Thyroid Cancer

Secured a favorable result for an area worker in Lower Manhattan who later developed 9/11 thyroid cancer.

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Brain Cancer
$1.7+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for New York State Supreme Court employee who was disabled by 9/11 brain cancer.

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Leukemia
$1.3+ Million Leukemia

Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Lower Manhattan corporate executive who was diagnosed with 9/11 leukemia.

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Lung Cancer
$1.1+ Million Lung Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a union carpenter who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung cancer.

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Lung Disease
$1.1+ Million Lung Disease

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Nasal Cavity Cancer
$1+ Million Nasal Cavity Cancer

Secured an xpedited award for a DSNY sanitation worker who assisted in the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 nasal cavity cancer.

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Brain Cancer
$1+ Million Brain Cancer

Secured an expedited award for a New York City Department of Corrections corrections officer who served as a volunteer responder on 9/11 and later developed a disabling and rare 9/11 brain cancer.

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Lung Cancer
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Secured a favorable result for a wrongful death claim on behalf of a TWU Local 100 MTA worker who participated in the 9/11 recovery efforts and later developed 9/11 lung cancer.

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Colon Cancer
$770K+ Thousand Colon Cancer

Successfully represented an union carpenter who built temporary structures at Ground Zero as a 9/11 responder and later developed disabling 9/11 colon cancer.

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The WTC Health Program Offers Benefits for 9/11 Digestive System Cancers

The Digestive System is a complex arrangement of organs that allow us to eat food, process nutrients, and expel waste. Cancer in the digestive system can impact one or many of these fundamental organs. If you or a loved one was affected by September 11th and suffers from a cancer of the digestive system, especially stomach cancer, contact a 9/11 attorney from the law firm of Pitta & Baione to discuss your claim.

Risks for Digestive System Cancers Related to September 11th

While a number of risk factors for digestive systems cancers are of a general nature, there are risk factors related to 9/11. Swallowing cancer-causing substances, usually associated with smoking could increase risk of colon cancer. Environmental toxins can increase the risk of liver cancer. After the Twin Towers fell, dust, smoke, and debris polluted the air and rescue and recovery workers were exposed to dangerous air particles. These environmental factors have been associated with an increase in colon, liver and stomach cancer for 9/11 survivors. It’s worth mentioning that, in 2015, a woman in one of the most sourced photographs of the attacks passed away from 9/11 stomach cancer. 

Symptoms of Digestive System Cancers

There are many resources available to learn about symptoms of digestive system cancers. Since each part of the digestive system has a different function, the symptoms of cancer will vary. Common symptoms for cancers throughout the digestive systems are loss of appetite, weight loss, and chest or abdominal pain. Symptoms to specific areas include:

  • Stomach cancer: difficulty swallowing; feeling bloated after eating; nausea and vomiting
  • Esophageal cancer: difficulty swallowing; worsening indigestion; coughing
  • Liver cancer: white, chalky stools; nausea and vomiting; yellow discoloration of skin
  • Colorectal cancer: constipation or diarrhea; blood in stool

Consult a medical professional if symptoms increase to learn more about diagnosis and treatment.

Covered Digestive System Cancers

The following digestive systems are covered under the World Trade Center Health Program’s cancer coverage:

  • Colon, including: appendix, colon, hepatic flexure, splenic flexure
  • Esophagus, including: cervical and thoracic parts, and overlapping lesion
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts, including: hepatoblastoma, intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma, liver, other sarcomas and carcinomas of the liver
  • Other ill-defined digestive organs, including the intestinal tract and overlapping lesions
  • Rectum
  • Retroperitoneum and Peritoneum
  • Stomach, including body cardia, fundus, pylorus

9/11 Stomach Cancer 

Stomach cancer (also known as gastric cancer) is a common form of digestive system cancer among 9/11 survivors and first responders. While medical experts do not know exactly how exposure to 9/11 toxins causes cancer, such exposure is associated with an increased risk of cancer among 9/11 survivors and first responders. And due to its relatively long latency period — the amount of time between the initial exposure to a carcinogen and a diagnosis of cancer — it is likely that rates of stomach cancer among 9/11 survivors and first responders will increase in the coming years. 

How Stomach Cancer Develops

Generally, cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Before stomach cancer develops, precancerous changes often occur in the stomach’s inner lining, which rarely cause symptoms and can go unnoticed for many years. When cancer develops, it is most often one of the following types: 

  • Adenocarcinoma: Accounting for about 90-95% of all stomach cancers, adenocarcinoma develops in the cells that form in the innermost lining of the stomach (the mucosa).
  • Lymphoma: A type of cancer of the immune system that can occasionally affect the wall of the stomach.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST): A rare tumor that forms in cells in the stomach wall called interstitial cells of Cajal. They can be found anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, but most commonly are located in the stomach. 
  • Carcinoid tumor: A tumor that begins in the hormone-making cells of the stomach. This type of stomach cancer typically does not spread to other organs. 
  • Other cancers: Squamous cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma, and leiomyosarcoma can start in the stomach, but this is very rare.

These forms of stomach cancer, referred to by the VCF as “malignant neoplasm of the stomach,” may entitle the sufferer to VCF benefits if they can be certified as 9/11-related. 

Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer

Early-stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms, making early detection difficult. Some of the later signs of stomach cancer can include: 

  • Poor appetite 
  • Spontaneous weight loss
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Discomfort in the area of the abdomen above the navel
  • A sense of fullness in the upper abdomen after consuming only small amounts of food
  • Heartburn, indigestion, and nausea
  • Vomiting (occasionally with blood) 
  • Swelling or build-up of fluid in the abdomen
  • Blood in the stool
  • Low red blood cell count

While most of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer, 9/11 survivors and first responders are at a higher risk of developing 9/11 stomach cancer. Such individuals should thus closely monitor any of these symptoms and contact their doctor when they develop. 

The Prognosis for 9/11 Stomach Cancer

The prognosis for stomach cancer depends on whether and how far the cancer has spread from the stomach. Generally, the 5-year survival rates for stomach cancer are as follows: 

  • Local (has not spread outside the stomach): 69%
  • Regional (has spread to nearby structures or lymph nodes): 31%
  • Distant (has spread to distant parts of the body): 5%
  • Combined local, regional, and distant average: 32%

Contact a September 11th Lawyer to See if You are Eligible for Financial Recovery

If you or a loved one suffer from digestive system cancer related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 attorney at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667.

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