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  • Medical research has proven that people exposed to toxins in the air on 9/11, and in the months after, are at significantly higher risk of developing a wide-range of cancers.
  • 69 different forms of cancer have been linked to 9/11 by doctors at the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).
  • Those with a cancer diagnosis may be eligible for cash compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and lifetime free health care through the WTCHP.
  • Barasch & McGarry has filed more VCF claims for cancer victims than any other law firm and has successfully recovered over $3 billion.

Medical and Financial Assistance For 9/11 Cancer Victims

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives in a single day. But, a hidden killer was present on that day too and lingered in the air for months around the tragedy sites at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA. Researchers who studied the toxins released into the air on 9/11 have identified over 70 different deadly carcinogens.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 which was reauthorized in 2016 and then permanently funded and extended in 2019, established the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The WTCHP provides free nationwide medical care to 9/11 cancer victims and the VCF provides monetary benefits to 9/11 cancer victims. While eligibility for these programs varies based on the category of your claim, establishing a link between your cancer and your exposure on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed is the key to receiving benefits from these programs.

Top 15 Most Common Certified 9/11 Cancers

The following are the top cancers observed in enrollees to the World Trade Center Health Program. The data shows cancer cases in the 9/11 responder and survivor populations. Data from September 2021.

Complete List of 69 Cancers Eligible for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

  • Blood & Lymphoid Tissue

    • Hodgkin’s disease
    • Follicular (nodular) non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas
    • Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
    • Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms
    • Lymphoid leukemia
    • Myeloid leukemia
    • Monocytic leukemia
    • Other leukemias of specified cell type
    • Leukemia of unspecified cell type
    • Myeloid malignancies
    • Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related

    Read more about blood cancer caused by 9/11

  • Breast

    • Malignant neoplasm of breast

    Read more about breast cancer caused by 9/11

  • Digestive System

    • Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
    • Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
    • Malignant neoplasm of the colon
    • Malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction
    • Malignant neoplasm of the rectum
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined digestive organs
    • Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
    • Malignant neoplasms of retroperitoneum and peritoneum

    Read more about colon cancer linked to 9/11

  • Eye & Orbit

    • Malignant neoplasms of eye and adnexa
  • Female Reproductive Organs

    • Malignant neoplasm of ovary
    • Uterine Cancer
    • Endometrial Cancer
  • Head & Neck

    • Malignant neoplasm of lip
    • Malignant neoplasm of base of tongue
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of tongue
    • Malignant neoplasm of parotid gland
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified major salivary glands
    • Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth
    • Malignant neoplasm of gum
    • Malignant neoplasm of palate
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and unspecified parts of mouth
    • Malignant neoplasm of tonsil
    • Malignant neoplasm of oropharynx
    • Malignant neoplasm of nasopharynx
    • Malignant neoplasm of piriform sinus
    • Malignant neoplasm of the hypopharynx
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined conditions in the lip, oral cavity and pharynx
    • Malignant neoplasms of nasal cavity
    • Malignant neoplasm of accessory sinuses
    • Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  • Melanoma

    • Malignant melanoma of skin

    Read more about skin cancers linked to 9/11

  • Mesothelioma

    • Pericardium
    • Peritoneum
    • Pleura
  • Respiratory System

    • Malignant neoplasms of the trachea
    • Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung
    • Malignant neoplasm of heart, mediastinum and pleura
    • Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs

    Read more about lung cancer linked to 9/11

  • Skin (Non Melanoma)

    • Other malignant neoplasms of skin
    • Scrotum

    Read more about skin cancers linked to 9/11

  • Soft Tissue

    • Malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
    • Malignant neoplasm of other connective and soft tissue
  • Thyroid

    • Malignant neoplasm of thyroid gland

    Read more about thyroid cancer linked to 9/11

  • Urinary System

    Read more about prostate cancer linked to 9/11

  • Childhood Cancers

    Defined as “Any type of cancer diagnosed in a person less than 20 years of age.”

  • Rare Cancers

    Defined as “any type of cancer that occurs in less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year in the United States.” Some examples of cancer that meet the “rare cancer” definition include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Malignant neoplasm of the testis
    • Neuroendocrine malignancies
    • Malignant neoplasm of the male breast
    • Malignant neoplasm of the gallbladder/biliary tract
    • Malignant neoplasm of the small intestine
    • Malignant neoplasm of the thymus
    • Malignant neoplasm of the central nervous system
    • Malignant neoplasm of the adrenal gland
    • Gastrointestinal stromal malignancies
    • Malignant neoplasm of the penis

    Read more about rare cancers linked to 9/11

Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

Deadlines to register VCF claims are approaching. If you or anyone you know had cancer or lost a family member, reach out to us to register for compensation quickly.

If you were exposed to the toxic air on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, but have not had your medical condition linked to 9/11, you also still have time to apply for significant compensation. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that your cancer or illness has been certified by the WTC Health Program. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a victim is made aware their condition was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

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

Actual Client VCF Awards

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$3,700,651for a disabled NYC police officer due to leukemia

$3,254,242for wrongful death of a firefighter due to 9/11-related asthma/RADS

$2,811,150for a disabled stock broker due to multiple myeloma

$1,934,316for a disabled teacher due to esophageal cancer

$1,422,694for wrongful death of a downtown office worker due to pulmonary fibrosis

$1,251,411for wrongful death of a paralegal working in a downtown law firm due to breast cancer

$1,345,427for a NYC Police Officer with breast cancer

$1,188,741for a disabled EMT with colon cancer

$1,011,957for the wrongful death of a sound engineer due to bladder cancer

New York City Lawyers Representing 9/11 Cancer Victims

Barasch & McGarry is the most experienced law firm helping 9/11 victims suffering from cancer get the maximum amount of compensation through the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). We know the intricacies of these 9/11 programs and we’ll make sure you feel at ease every step of the way towards receiving the fair and full compensation you deserve.

Contact Us

It’s important to act quickly. Find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation from the $10 billion set aside for 9/11 victims. Call us at 212-385-8000 or contact us online today.


Additional Topics

  • 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

    Learn about the 9/11 VCF; permanently funded with over $10 billion to compensate anyone with 9/11-linked illnesses and 69 different cancers.

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  • World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP)

    Find out about the WTCHP which provides free medical monitoring, testing, treatment, and prescription drugs for a range of 9/11-linked conditions.

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  • 9/11 VCF Results & Awards

    Barasch & McGarry has recovered more money from the Victim's Compensation Fund than any other law firm. See example awards & results.

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  • Why Barasch & McGarry

    With over 20,000 clients under representation and $3 Billion+ recovered from the Victim Compensation Fund, find out why Barasch & McGarry are truly "Lawyers for the 9/11 Community".

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