Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer in 9/11 Survivors

Lung cancer is one of the most common 9/11 cancer types diagnosed in first responders, cleaners, rescue and recovery workers, and Downtown Manhattan residents, and Lower Manhattan office and other workers. The 9/11 attorneys at Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have represented many clients suffering from lung cancer in claims filed with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Our office recently won a $2.1 million death claim for a police officer who died of 9/11-related lung cancer. Stories such as these make us more passionate in our advocacy of the 9/11 community, as well as being ever more determined in representing many related cancer claims. 

We Fight for 9/11 Victims with Lung Cancer

Our 9/11 attorneys understand how difficult it is for someone to hear they’ve been diagnosed with cancer. It is difficult not only for the individual, but for his or her family. Each story we hear makes us that much more determined to remove the stress and uncertainty of filing a claim with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) from each 9/11 victim, so they may have the time and ability to focus on caring for themselves.

Types of Lung Cancer

There are three main types of lung cancer. If you have been diagnosed, it is very important to know which type of lung cancer you have because it affects the treatment options available to you as well as your prognosis. The average VCF payout varies between 9/11 lung cancer cases and other cancer types.

The main types of lung cancer are:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer– This is the most common type of lung cancer. About 85% of lung cancers are non-small cell. Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma are all sub-types of non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Small cell lung cancer– Small cell lung cancer is also called “oat cell cancer.” Approximately 10%-to-15% of lung cancers are small cell. This type tends to spread quickly.
  • Lung carcinoid tumor– Fewer than 5% of lung cancers are lung carcinoid tumors, which are also referred to as “lung neuroendocrine tumors.” Most of these tumors grow slowly and rarely spread.

Medical Care for 9/11-Related Lung Cancer Through the WTC Health Program

Medical care and treatment are available under the WTC Health Program of the Zadroga Act. In the last few years, lung cancer treatment for first responders and all 9/11 victims has improved tremendously. Surgeries are less invasive, and as a result, healing is much quicker. Top medical centers are saving lives of 9/11 lung cancer patients every day. You always have the option of staying with your current health care team.

VCF Cancer Payouts for 9/11 Lung Cancer Patients

The average VCF payout for lung cancer claims varies greatly between cases, ranging from $250,000 to several million dollars. This is because of the effects that lung cancer has on an individual’s life and ability to work. Given the large range in the award amount for lung cancer claims, it is important that a claim involving lung cancer be expertly prepared and supported by a documented legal brief, affidavits, and supporting proof.

We Represent 9/11 Survivors and Families Exclusively

In our office, stories related to 9/11 lung cancer cases are all too frequent. Our 9/11 attorneys are here to help you and guide you through the process. Most importantly, we are here to give you the time and ability to care for yourself. If you have any questions about VCF cancer payouts or the WTH Health Program, please call us at 1-855-839-2947.

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