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Friday, June 8, 2012

50 Cancers To Be Covered Under the 9-11 Zadroga Health Claim Fund

The New York Times is reporting this afternoon that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved for compensation payments 50 types of cancers from the $4.3 Billion Zadroga 9-11 Fund. The announcement was made by NIOSH WTC Program Director John Howard MD, whose agency was responsible for reviewing  Petition 001 regarding the addition of cancer, or types of cancer, to the List of World Trade Center-Related Health Conditions.

The Fund was established to provide medical surveillance, treatment and care (WTC Health Program) for first respondents and those who were in close proximity to the 9-11 blast in New York City and who suffered medical conditions and diseases as a result of the tragic event.

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program) was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. Right now, the program provides services for responders, workers, and volunteers who helped with rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City. It also provides services for survivors who lived, worked, or were in school in the area. The WTC Health Program soon will also serve responders to the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, PA.

Medical clinics are maintained throughout the New York metropolitan area. For a list of clinics click here.

Next Steps:

Once the Administrator receives the Advisory Committee’s recommendation he has 60 days to publish in the Federal Register either a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the recommendation or a determination not to propose a rule and the basis for that determination. 

If the Administrator publishes a notice of proposed rulemaking to add cancer, or certain types of cancer, to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions, the WTC Health Program must follow the normal regulatory process, including a minimum 30 day public comment period and review of those comments, before issuing a final rule.

If the Administrator determines not to add a certain type of cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions at this time there would still be the possibility that the type of cancer could be added to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions in the future. Such potential future additions could be initiated through new petitions to the Administrator or at the Administrator’s discretion.

List of Cancers:
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary 

gland, floor of mouth, gum and other mouth, tonsil, 
oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx  
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the nose, nasal cavity, 
middle ear, and accessory sinuses 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the larynx  
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the stomach 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the colon and rectum 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic 
bile duct 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the retroperitoneum and 
peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the trachea; bronchus and 
lung; heart, mediastinum and pleura; and other illdefined sites in the respiratory system and 
intrathoracic organs 
▪  Mesothelioma 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the soft tissues (sarcomas) 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and nonmelanoma), including scrotal cancer 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the breast 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the ovary  
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the kidney 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of renal pelvis, ureter and 
other urinary organs 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the eye and orbit 
▪  Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid 
▪  Malignant neoplasms of the blood and lymphoid 
tissues (including, but not limited to, lymphoma, 
leukemia, and myeloma) 
▪  Childhood cancers 
▪  Rare cancers

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