medical Update Page

agent orange update

provided by Tracy Kinn N.Y. state Veteran Counselor

The following diseases are officially recognized by the V.A. as related to herbicide exposure. To win benefits, V.A. law and

regulations also require that some of these conditions appear (or "become manifest") within a deadline that began to run the day

you left Vietnam. If there is a deadline, it is listed in brackets after the name of the disease. If your condition is not listed below,

ask your doctor what you have is similar to any of those listed below. There may be room to argue that your condition is the same

as one of these. Under the V.A. rule soft tissue does not include Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposisarcoma or Mesothelioma.

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Type II Diabetes

Chloracne (one year)

Soft Tissue Sarcomas, including:

   Adult fibrosarcoma


   Malignant fibrosarcoma protuberans



   Epithelioid leiomyosarcoma (malignant leiomyoblastoma)



   Angiosarcoma (hemangiosarcoma and lymphangiosarcoma)

   Proliferating (systemic) angioendotheliomatosis

   Malignant glomus tumor

   Malignant hemangiopericytoma

   Synovial sarcoma

   Malignant giant cell tumor of tendon sheath

   Malignant schwannoma, including malignant schwannoma,

     with rhabdomyoblastic differentiation (malignant Triton Tumor)

   Glandular and epithelioid malignant schwannomas

   Malignant Mesenchymoma

   Malignant granular cell tumor

   Alveolar soft part sarcoma

   Epithelioid sarcoma

   Clear cell sarcoma of tendons and aponeuroses

   Extraskeletal Ewing’s sarcoma

   Congenital and infantile fibrosarcoma

   Malignant ganglioneuroma

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, including any diagnosis of a Lymphoma (except Hodgkin’s lymphoma), mycosis fungoides, And old terms such as lymphosarcoma, reticulum cell sarcoma and Sternburg’s sarcoma.

Peripheral neuropathy, acute and sub-acute (one year)

Porphyria cutanea tarda (one year)

Prostate cancer

Respiratory cancers (30 years) including:

Lung, Bronchus, Larynx, Trachea


Multiple myeloma

Hodgkin’s disease

Colorectal cancer secondary to Diabetes


CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia)

Parkinson's Disease

B Cell Leukemia

Ischemic Heart Disease


Other Medical Problems for Vets



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