Esophageal Cancer in 9/11 Victims
Esophageal cancer (also called “esophagus cancer”) is, sadly, a very common cancer in 9/11 first responders and survivors who lived or worked in Downtown Manhattan on 9/11 or at any time during the nine months after the terrorist attacks. As difficult as it may be, think of how much toxic dust these 9/11 first responders and survivors inhaled or even swallowed during that time period. This dust, along with other harmful toxins in the air, traveled through each person’s esophagus to their stomach. Our Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) lawyers at Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have represented a number of first responders, residents, and area workers who have received 9/11 cancer compensation for esophageal cancer. Our 9/11 lawyers have helped many people secure free lifetime healthcare and compensation.
Esophageal Cancer Conditions
The esophagus is a hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Food and liquids that are swallowed travel through the inside of the esophagus to reach the stomach. This condition has turned out to be an all too common cancer among 9/11 first responders and Downtown Manhattan residents and area workers because of the higher exposure many had to the contaminated air at Ground Zero. There are two main types of esophageal cancer:
1) Squamous cell carcinoma
Esophageal Cancer Treatment Options
Depending on the “stage” of where the esophageal cancer is among survivors, 9/11 cancer compensation and treatment options may vary. The main options for treatment are:
- Targeted therapy, including trastuzumab (Herceptin)
- Endoscopic treatments
- Palliative treatment to relieve symptoms, such as pain and trouble swallowing
Common Diagnoses in 9/11 Survivors
Cancer in 9/11 first responders and Downtown Manhattan residents and workers is common – and our goal is to support every victim in every way that we can. Esophageal cancer (or esophagus cancer) is eligible for 9/11 cancer compensation, along with free lifetime health care and treatment from the WTC Health Program. We have represented many cases involving cancer in 9/11 first responders – and know just how important it is for every victim to be compensated and cared for. Our 9/11 lawyers are ready to answer any of your questions about the VCF claims process. Call us at 855-982-4636 or fill out a contact form here.