9/11 Bladder Cancer

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Bladder cancer is normally a cancer seen in older men with a long history of smoking or industrial chemical exposure. However, it can also be caused in younger men who were exposed to high levels of industrial and work toxins as found at the 9/11 Ground Zero site and the surrounding downtown areas. Our office recently won a $2.1 million award for a firefighter with 9/11 related bladder cancer.

Certain industrial chemicals have been linked with bladder cancer. Exposure to textiles and paint products increase the risk of bladder cancer. Heavy exposure to diesel fumes, as found among heavy equipment operators and truck drivers at Ground Zero, increase the risk of bladder cancer. When combined, cigarette smoking and Ground Zero exposures can give 9/11 responders and downtown residents an especially high risk of bladder cancer.

Depending on the stage of the bladder cancer, treatment options for 9/11 responders and downtown residents with bladder cancer can include:

  • Surgery
  • Intravesical therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Should you have questions about medical care or an award for bladder cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.