The VA Proposes Nine Respiratory Cancers to the Presumptive List

| Heidi H.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to add nine respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities for veterans who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia are. The Southwest Asia area includes Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations.

The nine respiratory cancers proposed to be added are as follows:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the larynx;
  • SCC of the trachea;
  • Adenocarcinoma of the trachea;
  • Salivary gland type tumors of the trachea;
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung;
  • Large cell carcinoma of the lung;
  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung; and
  • Typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung.

If you have previously been denied for any of the above conditions, you will want to file a Supplemental Claim once the rule becomes final. If you have not yet filed a claim, you will want to file a Notice of Intent to File a Claim to preserve your effective date. The proposal includes claims filed by veterans, their dependents and survivors.

We will continue to follow this proposal and keep you updated as new information comes along.

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