Now that the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee has recommended that the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund should be expanded to include cancer, the next major question is which particular cancers should be covered?
Our office has long advocated to Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH, for inclusion of cancer coverage under the the re-opened 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund as part of the Zadroga Act. We currently represent over 40 clients with different forms of cancer which their doctors believe are related to their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero or other impacted areas such as the morgue or Fresh Kill landfill.
So which types of cancer should be covered under the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund? While we believe that every individual exposed to WTC toxins should be allowed to make their own medical case for inclusion of their particular cancer. However, practically, we know that the World Trade Health Center Program will likely only cover certain types of cancer.
At a minimum, Turley, Hansen and Partners believe that the following types of cancer should be included in the World Trade Center Health Program and that claimants with such cancers should be allowed to apply for compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund:
- Blood Cancers, including Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Head, Neck and Throat cancer
- Oral cancer, including Tongue Cancer and Nasopharyngeal Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer (Cancer of the esophagus)
- Lung Cancer, including Mesothelioma
- Kidney Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Melanoma (skin) Cancer