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9/11 Sarcoidosis Lawyers

Exposure to toxins from the debris in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 resulted in 9/11 survivors being diagnosed with many diseases and health conditions. In response, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) were created to help survivors in their recovery. If you or someone you love suffer from sarcoidosis and believe it is connected to exposure from 9/11, contact the lawyers at Pitta & Baione LLP to discuss your eligibility for benefits.


Sarcoidosis is a rare disease where inflamed cells gather, eventually causing bodily damage and pain. The affected areas are oftentimes lungs and lymph nodes, but the damage can occur in other parts of the body as well. While there is not a definitive cause of sarcoidosis, it is believed that the inflammation is an immune system response to exposure to chemicals, dust, and other agents – such as those that 9/11 survivors were exposed to during and after the attack.


Symptoms of sarcoidosis will vary, depending on the parts of the body that have been affected. General symptoms include swelling, fatigue, and pain. When inflammation accumulates, however, organ failure can result. Often, this organ failure impacts a person’s vision and lung function, which leads to poor eyesight, difficulty breathing, and regular coughing and wheezing. The skin often experiences a range of rashes, swelling, lesions, and discoloration.

Cardiac sarcoidosis is a specific type of sarcoidosis that affects the heart. These symptoms are cause for concern due to the seriousness of diseases that impact the heart. Symptoms include chest pain, fainting, shortness of breath, fatigue, abnormal heartbeat, heart palpitations, and swelling around the heart.

Diagnosing sarcoidosis can be difficult because inflammation and swelling can be caused by a number of conditions. As sarcoidosis affects various body systems and organs, the symptoms may appear as another disease. Diagnostic testing and imaging helps doctors make an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment for 9/11 Sarcoidosis

There is no cure for sarcoidosis, but treatment is available. The most common treatment is medication to treat the symptoms that result from this disease. Anti-inflammatory medications, drugs that suppress the immune system, and specific medication to treat skin conditions are commonly recommended and prescribed. Other symptom-specific treatments may include physical therapy, rehabilitation to help maintain strong respiratory function, or the use of medical devices – such as pacemakers – to treat cardiac issues.

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You do not have to face the uncertainty of sarcoidosis alone. If you or a loved one suffer from sarcoidosis related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 sarcoidosis attorney at Pitta & Baione 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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