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9/11 Lung Cancer Benefits Claims

The attack on the World Trade Center in New York City caused lasting devastation, including lingering health problems for 9/11 survivors, residents of the area, and first responders. There are resources available for survivors through the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). The WTCHP covers over 70 different cancer types and provides treatment and medication for 9/11 first responders and cancer survivors.

If you or someone you love has a 9/11 lung cancer claim, contact the law firm of Pitta & Baione LLP to discuss your case. You may be eligible for compensation.


At Pitta & Baione LLP, our lawyers are experienced in filing claims under both the VCF and WTCHP, which means you are more likely to receive 9/11 benefits and compensation for your cancer claim. Our team also works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no cost to you unless we win your 9/11 lung cancer case.

By hiring a 9/11 attorney, we can help you navigate the landscape of filing for your claim, and our expertise can help to obtain quicker access to your benefits as opposed to you filing alone. The 9/11 lawyers at Pitta & Baione LLP have won over $300 million in claims for our clients.


While there are many causes of lung cancer, several are related to exposure that survivors experienced during and after the attack at the World Trade Center. These causes include exposure to dust, chemicals, diesel, exhaust, air pollution, and asbestos.


Symptoms of lung cancer sometimes appear as signs of other diseases, which makes early diagnosis difficult. Some common symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent infections of bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

As lung cancer spreads and progresses, additional symptoms, such as bone pain, swelling, nervous system side impairment, hormone problems, and various syndromes may commonly develop.


Lung cancer is typically split into either “small-cell lung cancer” or “non-small-cell lung cancer. ” Most lung cancers are of the non-small-cell type, while small-cell cancers account for about ten-to-fifteen percent of lung cancer cases. These cancers all have different presentations, affect different areas of the lungs, spread at different rates, and respond to treatment differently.

For example: “Large-cell lung cancer,” one of the common non-small-cell lung cancer types, tends to spread rapidly. The type and stage of cancer you have will determine the appropriate treatment plan, which may not be the same for everyone.


Treating 9/11-related lung cancer can be difficult, due to the frequently late stage at which it is diagnosed. Common treatments include surgery to remove cancerous tumors, as well as radiation and chemotherapy. Your doctor may also suggest complementary or alternative lung disease treatments. After initial treatments to prevent the spread of lung cancer and remove the cancer from your body have been conducted, follow-up monitoring is required to catch up any resurgence of cancer.


If you or a loved one suffer from 9/11 lung cancer, contact a September 11th attorney at Pitta & Baione LLP by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-901-1312.

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Blood & Lymphoid Cancer

Digestive System Cancer

  • Colon
  • Esophagus
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
  • Other and ill-defined digestive organ conditions
  • Rectosigmoid junction
  • Rectum
  • Retroperitoneumand peritoneum
  • Stomach

Eye and Orbital Cancer

Female Breast Cancer

The WTCHP recognized the link between exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), other toxins, and the development of breast cancer. The WTCHP allows 9/11 breast cancer victims to receive medical treatment and also provides monitoring to first responders and survivors for proper screening of all 9/11-related medical conditions.

Brain Cancer

Exposure to the harmful post-9/11 elements increased the chance of brain cancer in survivors.

Examples of VCF eligible primary brain cancers include, but are not limited to, the malignant forms of:

  • Gliomas: Tumors that begin in the brain or spinal cord
    • Astrocytoma
    • Ependymoma
    • Glioblastoma
    • Oligodendroglioma
  • Meningiomas: Tumors that arise from the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
  • Acoustic neuromas: Tumors that develop on the nerves that control balance and hearing
  • Pituitary carcinomas: Tumors that develop in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain
  • Medulloblastomas: Tumors that begin in the lower back part of the brain and spread through spinal fluid

Ovarian Cancer

Most cases of ovarian cancer require surgery to remove the cancer and often will require a series of surgeries. As with other cancers, chemotherapy and radiation may be used to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Some possible symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes

Respiratory System Cancer

  • Bronchus and lung
  • Heart, mediastinum, and pleura
  • Other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
  • Trachea

Thyroid Cancer

Uterine Cancer

9/11 uterine cancer patients qualify to receive federally-funded medical monitoring and treatment as well as potential compensation through the VCF.

Uterine cancer has various subtypes. These subtypes include:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Uterine papillary serous carcinoma
  • Uterine clear cell carcinoma
  • Uterine carcinosarcoma (CS)
  • Uterine sarcoma

Rare Cancers

  • Malignant neoplasms of the adrenal gland and other endocrine glands and related structures
  • Anus and anal canal
  • Bone and articular cartilage
  • Breast among men
  • Gallbladder and other parts of biliary tract
  • Meninges, brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, and other parts of central nervous system
  • Pancreas
  • Penis and testis
  • Placenta
  • Small intestine
  • Thymus
  • Vulva, vagina, and cervix uteri (invasive only)
  • Malignant neuroendocrine neoplasm, including carcinoid tumors
  • Myeloid neoplasms, including myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, and myeloid malignancies associated with eosinophilia and abnormalities of growth factor receptors derived from platelets or fibroblasts
  • Other cancers that meet the threshold incidence rate of less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year based on age-adjusted 2005-2009 average annual data.


Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is found in the mesothelium tissue of the body. This tissue lines a number of vital organs, including the lungs, stomach, and heart.

Symptoms generally include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Chest tightness or pain

Aerodigestive Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Responders who received treatment for a WTC-related musculoskeletal disorder, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or lower back pain, on or before September 11, 2003 are eligible for coverage.

Acute Traumatic Injury

Responders and survivors who received treatment for a WTC-related acute traumatic injury on or before September 11, 2003 are eligible for coverage. Examples include:

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No one should have to bear the costs of battling a 9/11 cancer or illness alone. It only takes a few minutes to see if you may be eligible for free healthcare benefits and other compensation. Having a lawyer by your side can help you maximize the benefits you receive, and ensure your rights are protected.
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