The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes brain cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. If you have brain cancer and were present in the Exposure Zone, contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 9/11 brain cancer claim.
The WTCHP determines the types of cancers covered based on medical studies that show the frequency of certain cancers among 9/11 survivors compared to the unexposed population. It also bases its decision on the existence of any peer-reviewed medical studies that link a type of cancer to the types of carcinogens found in the Exposure Zone.
What Is Brain Cancer?
Brain cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells in your brain, which can form cancerous tumors. At Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP, our skilled legal team has helped hundreds of first responders and survivors obtain the health care and compensation they deserve. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your 9/11 brain cancer claim.
Symptoms of Brain Cancer
As tumors grow, they may press on nearby areas of the brain, damaging brain cells and altering the patient’s behavior and functional abilities. Symptoms depend on the area of the brain in which the tumor is located, as different areas of the brain control different functions.
Symptoms of brain cancer may include:
- Difficulty walking, balancing, or coordinating movements;
- Abnormal muscle movements, such as twitching and jerking;
- Lapses in memory or judgment;
- Cloudy thinking;
- Problems with vision or speech;
- Uncharacteristic behavior or sudden personality changes;
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities (arms and legs);
- Headaches; and
- Nausea and vomiting.
How Is Brain Cancer Diagnosed?
Due to the rarity of brain cancer and the ubiquitous nature of its symptoms in other conditions, your doctor will perform several tests to rule out all other possibilities before diagnosing you with brain cancer. This includes neurological testing and cranial imaging using MRI or CT scans. If your doctor finds a tumor on your scan or believes that a tumor is causing your symptoms, they may operate in order to extract a tissue sample and perform a biopsy. A brain biopsy will help your doctor determine if the tumor is benign or malignant.
In actuality, the most cancerous brain tumors are a metastasized form of another cancer, which means they grew as a result of another type of cancer spreading to the brain. If your doctor concludes that the tumor is cancerous, they will most likely order more tests to ascertain if you have cancer in another region of your body. For example, some brain tumors are metastasized forms of melanoma, a rare but highly dangerous form of skin cancer. Cancer that originates in the brain is typically referred to as “primary brain cancer.”
How Is Brain Cancer Treated?
If your tumor is a form of primary brain cancer, your treatment options will depend on whether or not the tumor is operable. In some cases, brain tumors form in areas of the brain that a surgeon cannot access without causing significant damage to other parts of your brain. If this is the case, your doctor will prescribe medications and therapies that are designed to shrink the tumor. Many brain tumors respond well to chemotherapy and radiation.
If another type of cancer caused your brain tumor, you will most likely need to undergo aggressive treatment for your primary cancer, as the presence of a brain tumor indicates that the primary cancer is spreading. It’s likely that the treatments you receive for your primary cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, will also treat your brain tumor.
As you receive treatment for your brain tumor, you may need supplemental medical treatment to counteract the effects of your tumor or your cancer therapies. For example, if your tumor has damaged a part of your brain responsible for coordination and balance, you may need to attend physical therapy sessions to improve your muscle control and movement ability.
Due to its rarity and the delicacy which treatment requires, there is still much to learn about brain cancer. As such, the prognosis for recovery from brain cancer varies widely, depending on the location of the tumor, its size, and the cause (whether it was primary brain cancer or a metastasized form of another cancer).
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides treatment to first responders and 9/11 survivors suffering from brain cancer. This program also provides cancer monitoring for the 9/11 community to provide early detection and improve outcomes. Even if you have not been diagnosed with cancer, take part in the WTCHP medical monitoring program as a precautionary measure. Consult with the 9/11 fund attorneys at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP about applying for membership to the WTCHP.
The Link Between 9/11 and Brain Cancer
Due to the presence of known toxins, such as lead, in the dust clouds and rubble at the disaster sites, brain cancer occurs at a much higher rate in 9/11 first responders than in the general public. In addition, the prevalence of other cancers in this community further increases the chances of brain tumors. A 2019 study found that diagnoses of head and neck cancers among first responders increased by 40 percent in a three-year span, an alarming rate considering their relative rarity. Those older than 55 are at a heightened risk for developing these cancers, which could spread to the brain.
VCF Compensation and 9/11 Brain Cancer Claims
If you were present on 9/11 or in the aftermath and are suffering from brain cancer, you may be eligible for compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF and the WTCHP provide for the unique healthcare needs of 9/11 responders and survivors, including expanded medical testing and screenings for various 9/11 health conditions like brain cancer. Even if you feel well at present, your work at Ground Zero may qualify you for these preventative measures which could save your life.
Contact Weisfuse and Weisfuse, LLP Today
The qualified VCF lawyers at Weisfuse and Weisfuse, LLP, are prepared to help you navigate the process of filing your 9/11 brain cancer claim. We have an impressive track record of collecting substantial compensation for our clients, allowing them to focus on their health while we ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve. Call Weisfuse and Weisfuse, LLP, today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your 9/11 brain cancer claim.