Merkel Cell Carcinoma

3372bill
3372bill Member Posts: 3
edited September 21 in Rare and Other Cancers #1
The VA found a mass in my right axilla, it was removed and the diagnosos was Merkel Cell Carcenoma in my lymph nodes. This is caused by a skin cancer that spreads like wild fire if not caught in time. This is a rare cancer and not on the VA list for agent orange. If anyone out ther has had this we need to get together and see if VA will work with us. They have denied this for any compensation but I have found two other Viet Nam Vets that have had the same cancer and rare as this is the odds of that happening are off the charts. I know more Vet's have this and we need to get VA to put it on the list. One of the other vets that had the Merkel Cell cancer has allready passed.

Bill Schweitzer

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  • R. Greg Ebben
    R. Greg Ebben Member Posts: 2
    Bill Schweitzer - Merkal Cell Cancer

    Dear Bill, I to have had Merkal Cell back in 1997. I'm currently cancer free since then. I spent seven months in a hospital during my treatment. Just recently I was denied disability for agent orange but my oncoligist sent a letter in which he believes my Merkal cell cancer was due to my exposure to agent orange.You can contact me at [email protected] I hope this correspondence finds you in good health, Greg

  • Jaxx77
    Jaxx77 Member Posts: 2

    Bill Schweitzer - Merkal Cell Cancer

    Dear Bill, I to have had Merkal Cell back in 1997. I'm currently cancer free since then. I spent seven months in a hospital during my treatment. Just recently I was denied disability for agent orange but my oncoligist sent a letter in which he believes my Merkal cell cancer was due to my exposure to agent orange.You can contact me at [email protected] I hope this correspondence finds you in good health, Greg

    Merkel cell

    Hello Bill and Greg, 

    i am curious as to whether the VA has agreed to the connection between Merkel Cell and Agent Orange? I recently was diagnosed with Merkel Cell and I wondered about the exposure factor. 

    Thanks,

    Jackie 

  • R. Greg Ebben
    R. Greg Ebben Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2018 #4
    Merkal Cell and Agent Orange

    I was turned down for compensation, and decided not to contest the findings. My email address has changed to "[email protected]" If anyone wishes to contact me, I'd like to hear what your experiance with the VA may have been. Thanks, I wish you well. Greg

  • Marilyn Haney
    Marilyn Haney Member Posts: 5
    edited August 2019 #5
    My brother was diagnosed with

    My brother was diagnosed with metastatic merkel cell carcinoma in March.  He served as a combat medic in Viet Nam in 1968.....He applied for disability compensation but the VA denied him

     

  • xanderlost
    xanderlost Member Posts: 3
    edited February 2020 #6
    Jaxx77 said:

    Merkel cell

    Hello Bill and Greg, 

    i am curious as to whether the VA has agreed to the connection between Merkel Cell and Agent Orange? I recently was diagnosed with Merkel Cell and I wondered about the exposure factor. 

    Thanks,

    Jackie 

    merkel cell carcinom

    Read my posting dated 02-24-2020    KeytrVietnam Vet   69-70

  • xanderlost
    xanderlost Member Posts: 3
    edited February 2020 #7
    merkel cell carcinoma

    Read mmy posting dated 02-24-2020 on American cancer Network --Vietnam Vets  David Neyland   [email protected]

  • DNWTC
    DNWTC Member Posts: 1 *

    Hello to the group. Allow me to enter my information to help prove that Mercal Cell Carcinoma should be added to the list of illnesses caused by Agent Orange. I was in Nam from 12/70 to 12/71. In 2015 I was diagnosed with a Mercal Cell carcinoma at my left arm pit and two locations across my left clavical. Went through all three treatments (Chemotherapy, Surgery and Radiation).

    In 2016 the VA denied my claim. In 2022 they have denied it again. Now I am attempting to gather enough information to make an appeal worth the effort. I am with you all in your belief that there are too many of us that have experienced this cancer for Agent Orange not to be a contributing factor.

    My Best to you all,

    Richard L. Sheppard