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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Larynx


I had biopsies done last Thurs at the VAMC in Iowa City. The vocal chords was negative but what they call the false vocal chord in the fold was Squamous-Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx.

They are going to call me tomorrow for arrangements for me to get there and get a CT scan to determine the size and whether it has spread to my lymph node glands or lungs.

The question I have is whether or not this falls in to the Presumptive AO conditions.

I see where they have one that is "Respiratory Cancers (cancer of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea)" and also "Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's Sarcoma, or mesothelioma)."

Does the cancer I have fit in the Respiratory Cancer or Soft Tissue Sarcoma?

Is the type of cancer I have presumptive condition for AO claim?

After the CT scan they will know more about what type of treatment I will need. I plan to get a copy of the diagnosis and submit a claim but my claims have taken so long to get to the rating board where they are currently pending. If I do submit the AO claim under presumptive, will it delay my claims that have been pending for almost three years and with the rater as I was told yesterday?

The diagnosis from the VA in Iowa City is all I should need to file claim for it right?

Where do I find this type cancer diagnostic codes in the 38CFR4 that will show the rating percentage for it?

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Hey this kind of cancer is not contagious, at least that's what I have read and been told.

Surely there are some folks here on hadit that know about the Larynx Cancer that could help me find my way to it to file a claim.

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Hi, strongly suggest you file claim for larynx cancer immediately. You can efile at VA.gov using Vonapp. Do not wait - each month you do not file is a month less of 100% award. As long as you have presumtive, diagnosis, and proof of Vietnam service (DD214), its a slam-dunk. I know because I went thru it in 2006. Best wishes.

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Thanks VietVet,

I submitted my claim for larynx cancer about an hour ago and received the confirmation number.

Are you in remission or are you still receiving treatments. If you can please tell me what to expect. I hope your treatments were successful. How are you doing now?

I just sincerely hope that my new claim will not delay my claims that are currently with the rating board and add another year or two to the almost 3 year wait already.

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I just sincerely hope that my new claim will not delay my claims that are currently with the rating board and add another year or two to the almost 3 year wait already.


Do you have time to help this veteran. I would if I had the knowledge.

Can anyone answer this question?

My prayers are with you.


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Rocky- this case mght help you-


It seems to me checking some similiar claims at the BVA- that "squamous cell" puts you into the presumptive regs-

Cancer of the larynx is distintly different from the STS regs-

then again- so is Lung cancer due to AO-

but the VA recently denied a Vietnam veteran's widow whose husband's lung cancer caused his death.

They said it was not a soft tissue sarcoma and denied under that basis.

Would your doctor be able to clarify if your cancer falls into the soft tissue regs?

The above case might also have some rating info-

Also- if the cancer is potentially not presumptive - you could seek a very strong IMO from an expert in dioxin or carcinogenics who could potentially make a 'more than likely' statement for VA with full medical rationale that there is no other known etiology for your cancer but for Agent Orange exposure.

The BVA web site has many Larynx cancer claims and those claims could help you too to see what VA grants as AO and why they deny some of these claims.

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