Many people have suffered from cancers related to their exposure to carcinogens on September 11th. Leukemia is another cancer that has been linked to 9/11. Survivors have already suffered so much from this tragic attack, and developing cancer in addition is devastating. To help survivors recover from illness and injury related to September 11th, the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund were established to provide benefits to 9/11 survivors. If you or a loved one suffer from leukemia, contact a 9/11 leukemia benefits attorney with experience obtaining benefits for cancer related to September 11th. You may be eligible for benefits under the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
9/11 Leukemia Under WTCHP
Leukemia comes in multiple types. Some types are more likely to occur in children than adults, while others occur in adults more often. The WTCHP covers childhood cancers diagnosed in individuals under the age of 20. Leukemia is also considered a rare cancer, and as a rare cancer, leukemia patients may be eligible under that criteria as well. Discussing your eligibility for benefits with an experienced cancer attorney will help you with filing and securing your program benefits.
Symptoms and Types of Leukemia
Like many diseases and cancers, symptoms of leukemia vary from patient to patient. Some common 9/11 leukemia symptoms include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Unintended weight loss
- Frequent bleeding and bruising
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Frequent infections
In addition, there are many variations of leukemia besides considering it an adult or childhood leukemia. The classification of leukemia largely depends on how quickly the cancer spreads as well as the type of blood cells affected.
Risk Factors for 9/11 Leukemia
Like many cancers, leukemia risk factors related to 9/11 include exposure to certain chemicals that were present on site. In addition, there is an increased risk for 9/11 leukemia when someone has already had cancer and had cancer treatments. With the increased incidence of cancer in 9/11 survivors, they are at increased risk for leukemia too.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Leukemia
Leukemia is diagnosed through blood and bone marrow testing. Treatment will depend on the stage and type of leukemia. Common treatments include chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants.
Contact a 9/11 Leukemia Attorney to Discuss Your Eligibility for Benefits
If you or a loved one suffer from leukemia related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 lawyer at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667 to discuss your eligibility for benefits.