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CLL and the nuclear Navy?

734gold
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Joined: Feb 2012

Am new here and was wondering if anybody here has been diagnosed with CLL after serving on a nuclear powered ship or submarine?

If so, any luck with the VA. I haven't as CLL isn't one of their "certified" radiation caused cancers, yet SCL (small cell luekemia) is - funny thing is most oncologist consider CLL a form of SCL!!! Good ol' VA!

Anyway, hi to all, and would like to find out about my opening question - thanks!

nasher
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Joined: Apr 2010

I have had thyroid cancer after serving on a nuclear powered ship...

you can always talk to the DAV or such to redress the fact that CLL is not SCL.... you will probably have to talk to your doctors and get an official diagnosis that your CLL was "as likely as not" caused by your naval carrier also if they dont recongize CLL but do SCL make sure they list it as SCL then

from wikipedia

B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), also known as chronic lymphoid leukemia (CLL), is the most common type of leukemia. Leukemias are cancers of the white blood cells (leukocytes). CLL affects B cell lymphocytes. B cells originate in the bone marrow, develop in the lymph nodes, and normally fight infection by producing antibodies. In CLL, the DNA of a B cell is damaged, so that it cannot produce antibodies.[citation needed] Additionally, B cells grow out of control and ac***ulate in the bone marrow and blood, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. CLL is a stage of small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), a type of B-cell lymphoma, which presents primarily in the lymph nodes.[1] CLL and SLL are considered the same underlying disease, just with different appearances.
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so if this is true that is the way to start working on it

donald54
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Joined: May 2012

I served 10 years on a nuclear powered submarine in the weapons department dealing with nuclear weapons. I have a case with the va with very little help from the va doctors, they become brain dead when you talk about radiation. Presently I am looking for a private doctor that knows about late effect radiation exposure pherifical neuropathy. If any one know about a doctor or wants to talk about how to deal with the va email me at donald.54@live.com.

Grammy6
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Joined: Aug 2016

MY HUSBAND SERVED ON A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE AND HE TOO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CLL

 

donald54
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Joined: May 2012

I served 10 years on a nuclear powered submarine in the weapons department dealing with nuclear weapons. I have a case with the va with very little help from the va doctors, they become brain dead when you talk about radiation. Presently I am looking for a private doctor that knows about late effect radiation exposure pherifical neuropathy. If any one know about a doctor or wants to talk about how to deal with the va email me at donald.54@live.com.

ED597
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Joined: Jan 2013

I served on an SSN in the mid 70's. Weapons department. I was diagnosed with B Cell CLL this past November.

I'm interested in seeing if that had anything to do with my Leukemia.

Alfred1
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Joined: Feb 2013

Served in the late 60's for over three years, was diagnosed 14 years ago, also kidney cancer and a brain tumor.

Grammy6
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Joined: Aug 2016

My husband also served on a submarine and was diagnosed with CLL

Grammy6
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My husband also served on a submarine and was diagnosed with CLL

Alfred1
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Joined: Feb 2013

Was on nuclear sub for over 3 years and have had CLL for 14 years, have a claim in now with VA

Alfred1
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Joined: Feb 2013

Served on a nuclear sub from 1966 to 1969 was diagnosed with CLL 14 years ago, filed a claim but was turned down, did  file again.  Waiting.

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ROAGUS
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In the late 70's and early 80's I surved on a Boomer, I got out in '83 then in June 2009 I went through surgery and treatment for brain cancer(primarey brain tumor thankfully it has been stable so far) now in 2015 I have aa leasion on my kidney suspected carcenoma. I know of one other ex-Bubblehead has died of primary brain tumor, I just wonder how meny more are out there, I am not mad but I think we have earned the rite to know what they know.

Grammy6
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Joined: Aug 2016

My husband served on a nuclear submarine in the 60s. 18 years ago he was diagnosed with CLL in 1999, then Kidney cancer in 2010 skin cancer, then prostate cancer, being told one did not cause the other, then a meningioma  which was not cancer, but had brain surgery, then when went back for yearly checkup found out his cancer had metastasized to his brain, after test found out it came from lung, and also went to brain.  He was t down by VA but still has open claim

Joe_fh
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Joined: Aug 2012

Funny this subject comes up.

I served on a boomer in the 70s and was diagnosed with ccRcc 3 years ago. I have two other friends whom I served with - different boats - that were also diagnosed with Kidney cancer. I once asked the VA oncologist about this he dismissed it as unfortunate coincidence.

It would be interesting to compile a list of all submariners that were stricken and compare that ratio to the ratio of the general publc.

Grammy6
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My husband served on a nuclear submarine for over three years, he was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer in 2010 before that was CLL

Grammy6
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my husband was on a nuclear submarine and he took was diagnosed with CLL

Grammy6
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Joined: Aug 2016

My husband was diagnosed with CLL in 1999 he had served on a nuclear submarine in the 60s, since then he developed kidney cancer, a brain meningioma, and a few more cancers. Has A claim with VA but they keep turning him down

ssnwidow
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My husband was an instructor at the D1G for 2.5 years and was on a nuclear submarine after that.  It was an older skate class submarine, Sargo.  He attributed his brain tumor to a one time large dose (exceeded 3rem in 10 minutes) while doing a purification change out.  I have a claim in the VA, as did he, but he died before it was determined.  He had a brain tumor in his spine, cervical.  They said it was extremely rare, and it left him paralyzed for the last year of his life.  Prior to the paralyzation, he was in excrutiating pain for 3 years.  When we finally figured out it was more than likely from all his radiation exposure, all we got were blank looks.  He told me before we got married that he "will never live to be an old man, between the radiation and the asbestos, I will die of cancer".  He died a year ago at the age of 62.  He was vibrant and healthy, never sick.  He served in the Navy from 1971-1977.  I wish someone would look into Navy Submarine veterans and all classes of cancer.  

Grammy6
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I know how you feel, my husband was a machinist on a sub for over three years From 1966 to 1969.   He put in a claim about 5 or 6  years ago after he  was digagnosed with CLL in 1999 and Kidney cancer in 2010.  they turned him down shen he put in for lung cancer but still waiting on CLL and kidney cancer.  His cancer spread to the bone and brain and in the end his spine.  He fought for over seventeen years with CLL and five with all the other cancers he was diagosnosed with   Every doctor said one was not caused by another until the lung cancer went to bone and the brain.  Claim is still waiting for review but he also didnt live.  

 

 

 

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