Sep 19, 2011 - 8:47 pm
Hi all, I am new to the group but share all of your pain.
I have a question for whomever might be of assistance. I served in Viet Nam in 66-67 and then in 2000 I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had my left kidney removed. I then filed a claim with the VA but was denied because they don't cover those kinds of cancer. Further research showed that if I could find a doctor that would write a letter for me stating "that my kidney cancer could be as likely as not caused by agent orange exposure", then I might have a better chance for my claim. So far none of my local doctors will sign such a document. I think they are worried about possibly being controversial or maybe over-extending themselves into an area that they don't have a lot of knowledge of, or maybe even just don't want to be bothered by a follow-up questionare from the VA. Anyway I would like to know if anyone out there has ever had any success in such a situation or that might know of some doctors that aren't afraid to support such a claim. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.