9/11 Thyroid Cancer Claim

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes thyroid cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. If you have thyroid cancer and were present in the Exposure Zone, contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 9/11 thyroid cancer claim. Individuals present in the Exposure Zone in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks were exposed to dangerous carcinogens in the air.

If you worked as a 9/11 responder or spent significant time in the Exposure Zone in the months that followed 9/11, and you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 9/11 thyroid cancer claim right away.

The experienced and effective legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP is committed to helping survivors and responders by providing skilled legal services to the 9/11 community. We are here to help you navigate this complicated process so that you can focus on improving your health and we can get you the medical and financial assistance you are entitled to. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.

What is Thyroid Cancer?

Thyroid cancer is a type of endocrine cancer that affects the thyroid, a gland at the base of the throat that regulates essential body functions such as body temperature, metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure. When cancerous cells grow out of control in the thyroid, it can severely impact these main body functions, leading to permanent impairment or even death.

There are three main types of thyroid cancer:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer and follicular thyroid cancer, known together as differentiated thyroid cancer, occur in the follicular cells of the thyroid, which produce and store hormones;
  • Medullary thyroid cancer, which occurs in the non-thyroid cells of the thyroid gland;
  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare and aggressive type that starts in the follicular cells and spreads quickly to other organs.

The prognosis for thyroid cancer depends on the type of cancer and how quickly it was detected. For example, papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type and tends to spread slowly, giving doctors a larger window within which to diagnose. Slow spread and ease of diagnosis make papillary thyroid cancer less dangerous than other types. On the other hand, medullary, follicular, and anaplastic types are more aggressive, and as such, they can be difficult to treat.

In general, however, thyroid cancer patients who receive an early diagnosis respond well to treatment.

Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

In the early stages of thyroid cancer, the patient may not notice any significant changes to their health. They may feel fatigued more often than usual or experience weight fluctuation.

As thyroid cancer progresses, the patient may develop some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent neck and throat pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Swelling of the neck, or a hard lump near the throat
  • Changes to the voice, especially hoarseness
  • Persistent cough

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes thyroid cancer as a covered condition and provides medical treatment for such. Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP will enroll you in the WTCHP and help you obtain financial compensation from the VCF by bringing a 9/11 thyroid cancer claim.

How is Thyroid Cancer Diagnosed?

Since many symptoms of thyroid cancer can also present themselves in other thyroid conditions, such as hypo- and hyperthyroidism, your doctor will perform several diagnostic procedures to eliminate all other possibilities before diagnosing thyroid cancer.

Your doctor will perform a physical exam, noting any unusual masses on your neck or near your thyroid. They will also run thyroid function tests to determine if your blood exhibits elevated levels of hormones, calcium, or phosphorus. If necessary, they may perform an ultrasound or scan of your thyroid or conduct a biopsy to examine the tissue’s cell growth.

How is Thyroid Cancer Treated?

Your treatment plan will depend on the specific type of thyroid cancer, but you will most likely need surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid. After surgery, you may undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and your doctor will prescribe you thyroid hormone replacement supplements.

Once you are in remission, your doctor will monitor you for signs of relapse and adjust your medication as needed. It’s important to keep these appointments, as some cancers, such as follicular thyroid cancers, have a tendency to recur. Prompt and thorough treatment greatly improves the prognosis for thyroid cancer patients.

9/11 and Thyroid Cancer Development

A strong link exists between 9/11 first responders and survivors, and thyroid cancer development. Doctors have identified this connection by conducting thorough medical testing and clinical studies on many of these individuals.

According to research conducted by Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, there is “evidence of increased risk for certain cancers among WTC-exposed responders.” The study of 28,729 first responders revealed that these individuals have a 41 percent higher risk of developing leukemia, a 25 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer, and a 219 percent higher risk of developing thyroid cancer.

Medical studies have shown that asymptomatic thyroid cancer occurs at a much higher rate in first responders than in the general population. You may have thyroid cancer without symptoms. Early diagnosis greatly improves survival rates for patients with 9/11 thyroid cancer, so it is important to get regular thyroid screenings from the WTCHP if you were in the Exposure Zone.

VCF Compensation Available For 9/11 Thyroid Cancer Claims

If you were present at the terrorist attack sites in New York City and Shanksville, PA, and you are suffering from 9/11 related thyroid cancer, you may qualify for government compensation programs. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the WTCHP assist 9/11 survivors and first responders in paying their medical bills, medical treatment, and financial compensation for pain and suffering for their 9/11 related health conditions.

Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today

If you are suffering from thyroid cancer due to exposure after the 9/11 attacks, the skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help.

Our experienced 9/11 thyroid cancer lawyers can help you determine your eligibility for these programs, apply for enrollment, and file your VCF claim. Don’t suffer in silence. Call Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your 9/11 thyroid cancer claim.

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