• 9/11 Victim Programs
  • Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)
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Colon Cancer (Colorectal Cancer)

9/11 Colon Cancer Compensation Claims

The toxic cloud of dust and debris created by the 9/11 attacks is a proven cause of colon and rectal cancer in responders and also individuals who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002. As a result, responders, downtown workers, residents, and students are often eligible to file a claim for compensation from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.


Our firm recently won a $2.1 million award, including burial costs, for the family of a Downtown Manhattan financial services worker/broker after he died from 9/11-related colon cancer.

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The Link Between 9/11 and Colon Cancer

The collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) created enormous clouds of dust, smoke, and fumes that lingered in the air for months. Thousands of first responders, downtown office workers, students, and residents were exposed to the toxins. Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, originates as a growth on the inner lining of the large intestines, and environmental exposure is one of the known risk factors. Colon cancer has been observed at higher rates among first responders and anyone else present in the general population in downtown NYC on or at any time during the many months after the attacks. According to the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), colon or rectal cancer is one of the top 10 most common cancers affecting the downtown NYC 8/11 population. These findings underscore the importance of ongoing medical screenings for those who were exposed to the aftermath of 9/11.


Understanding Colon Cancer Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of colon cancer is crucial for early detection and treatment. Common signs include changes in bowel movements, blood in the stool, ongoing abdominal discomfort, and unexplained weight loss. As the disease often does not show symptoms right away, regular colon cancer screenings are recommended for first responders and survivors who were exposed to 9/11 toxins.

How to Know if You Qualify For 9/11 Colon Cancer Compensation

Eligibility for compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for colon or rectal cancer depends on several factors. These include:

  • Registering and filing a claim with the 9/11 VCF by the applicable deadlines;
  • Registering with the WTCHP to have the 9/11-related health condition certified; Providing proof of presence in the Exposure Zone between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002, along the routes of debris removal, or at one of the other crash sites, including the Pentagon site or the Shanksville, Pennsylvania site; and
  • Meeting the balance of the regulations that govern the WTCHP and 98/11 VCF. 

WTC Health Program Treatment Options for Colon Cancer

The WTC Health Program offers a range of medical monitoring and treatment options for those diagnosed with 9/11 colon cancer. This includes advanced medical treatments like chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, ablation, surgery, and radiation therapy, as well as regular screenings and monitoring. 

The WTCHP offers three types of colon cancer screening. Colon cancer screening looks for cancer before symptoms of the disease appear, allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment. Given the long latency period of colon cancer, the WTCHP recommends survivors and responders register with the WTCHP for colon cancer screenings even if they are in good health.

VCF Cancer Payouts for 9/11 Colon Cancer Patients

For individuals diagnosed with colon cancer as a result of the 9/11 attacks, the VCF provides financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income and benefits, and other costs associated with 9/11-related health conditions. VCF cancer payouts may also cover non-economic losses, such as physical and emotional pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. The amount and type of compensation vary based on individual circumstances and the impact of the disease on the victim’s life, highlighting the importance of thorough documentation in the claims filing process.

Medical Support and Resources for Colon Cancer Patients

There are numerous support resources available for colon cancer patients, providing patient support groups, medical care programs, counseling services, and financial aid organizations. These include:

  • Colorectal Cancer Alliance: Connects patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members to valuable resources, such as a helpline that provides one-on-one guidance for all related concerns, from mental health and family well-being to medical questions and financial issues. They also provide financial assistance for patients currently undergoing active colorectal cancer treatment through their Blue Hope Treatment Awards program.
  • City of Hope: Offers a wide range of support services such as talk therapy, education, and being paired up with a patient navigator through the treatment process, as well as training, guidance and support for follow-up care and life after treatment.
  • The Blue Hat Foundation: Provides resources for free screenings for minority and medically underserved communities.
  • CancerCare: Offers a patient support group  to connect with others coping with colorectal cancer, led by an oncology social worker who provides emotional and practical support.
Read inspiring stories of survivors of cancer here.
Learn more about colon cancer from Stony Brook University, one of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Clinical Centers of Excellence, here.

Legal Support - Contact a 9/11 Attorney To See If You’re Eligible for Compensation

Navigating the VCF claims process can be complex. Working with an experienced 9/11 attorney can help you build the strongest case for compensation. The skilled attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP can assist with determining eligibility, gathering necessary documentation, meeting deadlines, and ensuring that your claim accurately reflects your experience. We will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring you get the maximum VCF award for your individual circumstances. Get in touch today to learn more. 

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