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Diseases Linked To Agent Orange Exposure

Diseases and Disabilities Having the Best Chance of Being Added in the Future 

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Diseases Linked To Agent Orange Exposure:

Diseases recognized by the VA as connected to Agent Orange and the VA�s Length of Time Requirements (When symptoms of the disease have to appear and result in a disability at least 10% disabling in order to qualify for benefits)

Types of cancer (Time Requirements) 

Cancer of the bronchus (within 30 years of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)
Cancer of the larynx (within 30 years of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)
Cancer of the lung (within 30 years of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)
Cancer of the trachea (within 30 years of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)
Prostate cancer (no time requirement)
Hodgkin�s disease (no time requirement)
Non-Hodgkin�s lymphoma (no time requirement)
Multiple myeloma (no time requirement)
Soft-tissue sarcoma (Time Requirements ) 
Adult fibrosarcoma (no time requirement)
Alveolar soft part sarcoma (no time requirement)
Angiosarcoma (no time requirement)
Clear cell sarcoma of aponeuroses (no time requirement)
Clear cell sarcoma of tendons (no time requirement)
Congenital and infantile fibrosarcoma (no time requirement)
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (no time requirement)
Ectomesenchymoma (no time requirement)
Epithelioid malignant leiomysarcoma (no time requirement)
Epithelioid malignant schwannoma (no time requirement)
Epethelioid sarcoma (no time requirement)
Extraskeletal Ewing�s sarcoma (no time requirement)
Hemangiosarcoma (no time requirement)
Infantile fibrosarcoma (no time requirement)
Leiomysarcoma (no time requirement)
Lipsosarcoma (no time requirement)
Lymphangiosarcoma (no time requirement)
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma (no time requirement)
Malignant giant cell tumor of tendon sheath (no time requirement)
Malignant glandular schwannoma (no time requirement)
Malignant glomus tumor (no time requirement)
Malignant hemangiopericytoma (no time requirement)
Malignant mesenchymoma (no time requirement)
Malignant schwannoma with rhabdomyoblastic proliferating (systemic) angiendotheliomatosis (no time requirement)
Rhabdomyosarcoma (no time requirement)
Synovial sarcoma (no time requirement)

Diseases other than cancer Time Requirements 
Peripheral neuropathy (acute and subacute) (within months of exposure and cured within 2 years after symptoms first show up!)
Chloracne (within 1 year of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)
Porphyria cutanea tarda (within 1 year of last day the veteran served in Vietnam)

Disabilities in children of Vietnam veterans Time Requirements 
Spina bifida (child must have been conceived after Veteran first arrived in Vietnam)


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Diseases and Disabilities Having the Best Chance of Being Added in the Future 

Abnormal Sperm Parameters and Infertility 
Birth Defects (Other than Spina Bifida in Children of Vietnam Veterans) 
Bone Cancer 
Breast Cancer
Childhood Cancer (in Children of Vietnam Veterans) 
Chronic Peripheral Nervous System Disorders 
Circulatory Disorders 
Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Disorders 
Female Reproductive Cancers (cervical, uterine, ovarian) 
Hepatobiliary Cancers 
Immune System Disorders 
Leukemia 
Liver Cancer
Low Birthweight (in Children of Vietnam Veterans) 
Metabolic and Digestive Disorders (diabetes, changes in liver enzymes, lipid abnormalities, ulcers)
Motor or Coordination Dysfunction
Nasal or Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Neonatal or Infant Death and Stillbirths
Renal Cancer
Respiratory Disorders
Skin Cancer
Spontaneous Abortion
Testicular Cancer

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Glossary

Acute Peripheral Neuropathy. A temporary dysfunction involving the nervous system. 
Adult Fibrosarcoma. A tumor formed as an adult derived from connective tissue. 
Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma. A sarcoma found in the alveolus, the sac-like ducts in the lung. 
Angiosarcoma. A tumor occurring in the breast and skin, and believed to originate from blood vessels. 
Birth Defects. An abnormal structure, function, or metabolism of the fetus, whether genetically determined or as the result of an environmental influence during embryonic or fetal life. 
Cancer of the Bronchus. A malignant tumor found in a bronchus, an extension of the trachea (windpipe) connecting to the lungs. Cancer of the Larynx. A malignant tumor found in the larynx (voice box). 
Cancer of the Lung. A malignant tumor found in the lung. 
Cancer of the Prostate. A malignant tumor found in the prostate gland. 
Cancer of the Trachea. A malignant tumor found in the trachea (windpipe). 
Chloracne. An acne-like eruption due to prolonged contact with certain chlorinated compounds. 
Clear Cell Sarcoma of Aponeuroses. A sarcoma found at the end of a muscle where it becomes a tendon. 
Clear Cell Sarcoma of Tendons. A sarcoma found in the tendons. 
Congenital Fibrosarcoma. A malignant tumor formed before birth and derived from connective tissue. 
Dermatofibrosarcoma. A relatively slow growing benign skin tumor consisting of one or more firm nodules. 
Ectomesenchymoma. A tumor found in a certain part of the skin. 
Epithelioid Malignant Leiomyosarcoma. A malignant tumor derived from smooth muscle found in the layer covering the muscle. 
Epithelioid Malignant Schwannoma. A moderately firm, benign, tumor found in the layers of membrane covering surfaces inside the body, caused by too many Schwann cells growing in a disorderly manner. 
Epithelioid Sarcoma. A tumor found in the membrane covering surfaces inside the body. 
Extraskeletal Ewing's Sarcoma. A tumor outside the bone consisting of small, rounded cells. 
Hemangiosarcoma. A tumor derived from blood vessels and lining blood filled spaces. 
Hodgkins Disease. A tumor in the lymph nodes characterized by the increasing enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia. 
Infantile Fibrosarcoma. A tumor formed as a child derived from fibrous connective tissue. 
Leiomyosarcoma. A tumor derived from smooth muscle. 
Liposarcoma. A tumor that may occur in any site in the body consisting of irregular fat cells. 
Lymphangiosarcoma. A tumor derived from blood vessels. 
Lymphoma. A malignant tumor of lymph nodes. 
Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma. A type of tumor present in connective tissue. 
Malignant Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath. A tumor found in the membrane of the tendon. 
Malignant Glandular Schwannoma. A moderately firm, malignant tumor in the glands caused by too many Schwann cells growing in a disorderly pattern. 
Malignant Glomus Tumor. A tumor found in the glomus, the tiny nodes found in the nailbed, pads of fingers and toes, ears, hands, feet and many other organs of the body. 
Malignant Hemangiopericytoma. A tumor characterized by rapidly growing fat cells formed in blood vessels and lining blood filled spaces. 
Malignant Mesenchymoma. A malignant tumor in the embryonic tissue or fluid. 
Malignant Schwannoma with Rhabdomyoblastic. A moderately firm, malignant tumor found in skeletal muscle resulting from the rapid growth of Schwann cells in a disorderly pattern. 
Multiple Myeloma. Cancer of specific bone marrow cells characterized by bone marrow tumors in various bones of the body. 
NonHodgkins Lymphoma. Malignant tumors of the lymph nodes, distinguished from Hodgkins disease by the absence of the giant Reed-Sternberg cells. 
Peripheral Neuropathy. A dysfunction involving either the somatic nerves or the autonomic system. See also acute peripheral neuropathy and subacute peripheral neuropathy. 
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda. A disease characterized by liver dysfunction and light sensitive lesions, with pigment changes in the skin. 
Proliferating (systemic) Angiendotheliomatosis. A growing number of benign tumors formed in blood vessels. Often causes skin discoloration. 
Rhabdomyosarcoma. A tumor derived from skeletal muscle. 
Sarcoma. A tumor arising in connective tissue, bone, cartilage, or muscle. 
Soft Tissue Sarcoma. A diverse group of sarcomas arising in the soft tissues that are found in and around organs. 
Spina Bifida. A disability characterized by the defective closure of the spinal cord, through which the cord is exposed and may protrude. 
Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy. A dysfunction involving either nervous system with a course between acute (temporary) and chronic (long duration). 
Synovial Sarcoma. A tumor found in the lubricating fluid surrounding joints and tendons. 

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 Agent Orange Links of Interest!

Agent Orange (link #1) study link.
National Veterans Services Fund, Inc. site #1 or
National Veterans Services Fund, Inc. site #2


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