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CLL and the nuclear Navy?

734gold
Posts: 8
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
Posts: 507
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 accumulate 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
Posts: 5
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.

donald54
Posts: 5
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
Posts: 1
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
Posts: 3
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.

Alfred1
Posts: 3
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
Posts: 3
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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