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My Skin Cancer Fight


Jim MAC
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What do you all think? My NOD has been turned in so I beat the year deadline

Jim

Department Of Veterans Affairs

VA Regional Office

210 Franklin RD

Roanoke VA 24011

Dear Sir

RE 314/10post

VA xxxxxxxxx

1. Statement in support of my NOD

2, I was turned down for an increase in my 0 percent skin cancer on 18 may 2007.

3 Since that time I have had 3 more skin cancer operations on my nose and one more plastic surgery with more plastic surgery scheduled for the October time frame. I have enclosed a picture so you can see how in depth the surgery was.

4. Since January 1st this year I have already lost 25 days from work due to having operations and follow up care. I was operated on again on July 24 and July 25th this year. The operations were both fee based and my records were scanned into the VA computer Files by the Hampton VAMC fee based section.

6. I fully intend to continue to appeal any further denials of this claim

V/R

JIM MAC

VA Claim Number xxxxxxxxx

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Jim looks good, short and to the point. Hopefully they will read it.

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The problem with skin cancer (I've had it twice myself and several "suspicious" spots removed)...is that once it's removed you are considered cured. You might get a % for the scars....that's what I got. 0% for the skin cancers but 10% for the scars. I have rather large "dents" in my arms due to the skin cancer. One is beginning to fill in (after several years); the other one never will.

If they deny again, you might have to go for the scars. Just something to keep in mind.

Best of luck!!!!!

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The problem with skin cancer (I've had it twice myself and several "suspicious" spots removed)...is that once it's removed you are considered cured. You might get a % for the scars....that's what I got. 0% for the skin cancers but 10% for the scars. I have rather large "dents" in my arms due to the skin cancer. One is beginning to fill in (after several years); the other one never will.

If they deny again, you might have to go for the scars. Just something to keep in mind.

Best of luck!!!!!

I thought I read somewhere that if the cancer was no local but has spread (mine has spread to the muscles inside my nose) That there was a 100 perecnt eval for six months. Am I barking up the wrong tree?

Jim

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Here's a link I use to look up the ratings under 38CFR....look there and scroll down and you will see different categories to look at.

http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html#n

Hope you find what you are looking for.

Yes this is the one I was talking about

7818 Malignant skin neoplasms (other than malignant melanoma):

Rate as disfigurement of the head, face, or neck (DC 7800), scars (DC’s 7801, 7802,

7803, 7804, or7805), or impairment of function.

Note: If a skin malignancy requires therapy that is comparable to that used for

systemic malignancies, i.e., systemic chemotherapy, X-ray therapy more

extensive than to the skin, or surgery more extensive than wide local excision,

a 100-percent evaluation will be assigned from the date of onset of treatment,

and will continue, with a mandatory VA examination six months following

the completion of such antineoplastic treatment, and any change in evaluation

based upon that or any subsequent examination will be subject to the

provisions of §3.105(e) of this chapter. If there has been no local recurrence

or metastasis, evaluation will then be made on residuals. If treatment is

confined to the skin, the provisions for a 100-percent evaluation do not

apply.

I am wondering if it aplies to me they cut deaply inti the mucles on my face I was wondering if I qualifed for the temo rateing intill after 6 months with out it comeing back

Jim

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