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What Conditions Does the WTC Health Program Cover?

The World Trade Center Health Program covers a specific list of conditions for both Responders and Survivors. For survivors, diagnosis with one of these conditions, either through the program or by a private doctor, is necessary in order to participate in the program. Here’s the list of conditions:

Physical Health Conditions:

  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Chronic Respiratory Disorder – Fumes/Vapors
  • Asthma
  • Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
  • WTC-exacerbated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Cough Syndrome
  • Upper airway hyper reactivity
  • Chronic rhino sinusitis
  • Chronic nasopharyngitis
  • Chronic laryngitis
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD)
  • Sleep apnea exacerbated by or related to the above conditions.
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Certain types of cancer, as specified in the next column.

Mental Health Conditions:

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anxiety disorder (not otherwise specified)
  • Depression (not otherwise specified)
  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse

Cancers:

  • Malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary gland, floor of mouth, gum and other mouth, tonsil, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and pharynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
  • Malignant neoplasms of the nose, nasal cavity, middle ear, and accessory sinuses
  • Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
  • Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • Malignant neoplasm of the colon and rectum
  • Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct
  • Malignant neoplasms of the retroperitoneum and peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery
  • Malignant neoplasms of the trachea; bronchus and lung; heart, mediastinum and pleura; and other ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
  • Mesothelioma
  • Malignant neoplasms of the peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system, and other connective and soft tissue
  • Malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and non-melanoma), including scrotal cancer
  • Malignant neoplasm of the female breast
  • Malignant neoplasm of the ovary
  • Malignant neoplasm of the prostate
  • Malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder
  • Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
  • Malignant neoplasms of the renal pelvis, ureter and other urinary organs
  • Malignant neoplasms of the eye and orbit
  • Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid
  • Malignant neoplasms of the blood and lymphoid tissues (including, but not limited to, lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma)
  • Childhood cancers: Any type of cancer occurring in a person less than 20 years of age at the time of diagnosis.
  • Rare cancers, including brain, pancreatic, cervical and testicular cancers: Any type of cancer affecting populations smaller than 200,000 individuals in the Unites States, i.e., occurring at an incidence rate less than 0.08 percent of the U.S. population. Rare cancers will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The VCF will offer compensation to any responder or survivor who is certified by the WTCHP.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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