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GIST IN VIET NAM VETERANS

enforcer
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Joined: Jun 2010

My husband is a Vietnam veteran. He was diagnosed with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor)in August 2009, had surgery on September 11, 2009. Surgeon removed thirty percent of his stomach and fifteen percent of his liver. He was put on a drug called GLEEVEC. Five and a half months later, and this GIST has returned. One last drug, called Sutent to try and shrink this soft tissue sarcoma. How many other Vietnam veterans out there with this very rare cancer?????????? We are trying to appeal the VA's denial of this GIST having a connection to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam. What are your stories????

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Billjo
Posts: 2
Joined: Jul 2012

I also have a GIST and a Vietnam vet. I applied to the VA for a claim. They has requested documanation for a link between Agent Orange and a GIST. Can find any on the internet. Can you help? Thank You, Billjo

Billjo
Posts: 2
Joined: Jul 2012

I also have a GIST and a Vietnam vet. I applied to the VA for a claim. They has requested documanation for a link between Agent Orange and a GIST. Can find any on the internet. Can you help? Thank You, Billjo

jtbrua
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2014

Hi Billjo,  I hope by now you have found this information and have filed a VA compensation claim.  If not the following should help.  A decision by the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) in docket number 07-25, Citation number 0926356 found that GIST tumors are a soft tissue sarcoma and meet the presumptive criteria for an Agent Orange condition.  In that case they granted service connected disability.  If you haven't filed a claim yet do so and cite this BVA decision.

jtbrua
Posts: 2
Joined: Jan 2014

Dear enforcer,  If you are still fighting the VA on the GIST tumor please read my response to Billjo.  This information should get your husband VA compensation beneifts.

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