9/11 Panel Considers Cancer Coverage Under Zadroga Act

February 18, 2012

source: Huffington Post   Feb 18, 2012

An advisory panel examining which conditions should be covered by the Zadroga Act appeared close Wednesday to recommending that some cancers be included, members said.

The 15-member panel, which was set up by Congress, is tasked with reviewing changing scientific and medical evidence and making recommendations about which conditions should be covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act’s $2.8 billion Victim Compensation Fund.

While the fund covers numerous illnesses linked with breathing 9/11 toxins, cancer is currently excluded because of insufficient scientific proof — a decision criticized by first responders and city officials who believe the link is crystal clear.

Evidence that there is a cancer link appears to be mounting.

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Respiratory Illness, PTSD Appear Linked in 9/11 Workers

December 31, 2011

A video is provided at the source, I recommend visitng ABC and watching their report.

source: ABC     Dec 31, 2011

Among responders to the World Trade Center disaster, there appears to be a relationship between respiratory problems and posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD), researchers found.

In a statistical model, PTSD mediated the association between exposure at the site and respiratory symptoms among both police officers and other types of responders, Evelyn Bromet of Stony Brook University in New York and colleagues reported online in the journal Psychological Medicine.

The results suggest “an indirect association of exposure with respiratory symptoms through PTSD, a finding that mirrors research conducted with Vietnam veterans,” the researchers wrote.

“Mental and physical health are integrally linked,” Bromet said in a statement. “It is not always obvious which one is the driver, but, in the end, what matters is that both mental and physical health are recognized and treated with equal care and respect.”

Respiratory illness and PTSD are both signature health problems among rescue workers who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, but the relationship between the two conditions isn’t clear.

So Bromet and her colleagues assessed 8,508 police officers and 12,333 other types of responders who were evaluated at the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program between July 16, 2002, and Sept. 11, 2008.


The study was limited because the sample was comprised of volunteers, which could introduce bias, and by the fact that police officers may under-report PTSD symptoms because of concern about keeping their jobs.

video and more at the original source


Court Awards Benefits in 9/11 Cancer Death

December 30, 2011

source: Newsday   Dec 30, 2011

A state appeals court decision to award full benefits to the widow of a police officer who died of cancer after 9/11 could help ensure compensation for the disease for first responders, advocates said Wednesday.

But it isn’t clear whether it will have much impact on the 1,500 to 1,600 first responders who have lawsuits pending against New York City and the Port Authority.

They have until Jan. 2 to decide whether to drop their suits and join the $7.8-billion federal victim compensation fund.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Nilda Macri of Forest Hills was due accidental line-of-duty benefits after  husband Frank, 51, who worked about 350 hours at Ground Zero and at Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, died of lung cancer in 2007.

The decision overturned rulings by the city’s police Medical Board and the Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees.

The boards contended that Macri, a nonsmoker, already had the disease before he was diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer in August 2002.

The appeals court disagreed, citing a 2005 state law. The law holds that administrative panels should presume the onset of certain illnesses among first responders was caused by their 9/11 exposure.

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Were Severe Personal Injuries Such As Cancer Caused By 9/11?

October 17, 2011

related film: Dust to Dust – The Health Effects of 9/11

by  Ira M Maurer    source: Maurer Law Firm Blog     Oct 17, 2011

In July of 2011, federal health officials basically stated there is little or no scientific evidence of a link between cancer and the contaminants police, firefighters and other first responders were exposed to at the World Trade Center site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. As a result, the Victim Compensation Fund has been denying claims for medical costs for treatment of severe personal injuries such as cancer.

It is hardly surprising that federal officials refuse to acknowledge the obvious connection. In fact, I recall when former New Jersey Governer/former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman came out shortly after 9/11 and stated in substance that the air “was safe to breathe” at the 9/11 site. In 2007, in an appearance before Congress, Whitman reportedly defended her record and refused to express regret for assuring residents and workers the air around Lower Manhattan was safe. She also reportedly denied her remarks were made as a result of political pressure from the Bush White House. However, Whitman reportedly “admitted she had not read the clinical reports from the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program. A Mount Sinai study last year found seventy percent of around ten thousand Ground Zero workers developed new or worsened respiratory problems” (http://www.democracynow.org/).

A federal law, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, enacted by Congress last year, provides health care, medical monitoring, and financial compensation for emergency response, recovery, and cleanup workers at Ground Zero who subsequently developed certain conditions, including respiratory illnesses, mental health disorders, and injuries caused by heavy lifting and repetitive stress. But the act excludes individuals who are diagnosed with cancer. Instead, it instructs the World Trade Center Health Program administrator to periodically review scientific and medical evidence to determine whether to add cancer to the list of covered conditions.

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Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims Does not Extend to First Responders who Died of Cancer

October 4, 2011

source: Lehigh Valley Times   Oct 4, 2011

Ryan McCormick believed the debris he ingested at ground zero caused the cancer that would eventually claim his life, according to his father.

Officials who reopened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of $2.8 billion, which will start taking applications today, did not agree.

The fund is intended to help people who became ill after working at ground zero. It does not help, however, those who claim cancer resulted from exposure to the debris.

McCormick, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease in 2003, died in 2008. He was 34.

David McCormick, Ryan’s father, said Sunday that because the government “has decided to exclude cancer at this point in time because they say they don’t have enough evidence … is disappointing.”

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Two 9/11 First Responders Die of Cancer Within one Week of Court Settlement

November 21, 2010

related:  NYC, 9/11 first responders finalize settlement

related:  9/11 First Responder Death toll Nears 1,000

related:  Dust to Dust; The Health Effects of 9/11

Nor Cal Truth  Nov 21, 2010

This article from NY Daily News details the passing of another NYPD officer due to  9/11 related health effects:

The sacrifice of a cancer-stricken city cop laid to rest Tuesday was held aloft by union leaders in the push to aid ill Ground Zero responders.

“He died from a rare cancer that literally ate his face,” Lynch said, flanked by other officers. “The young man that joined this police department withered away and died because he was willing to put his life on the line and respond on Sept. 11 – and not leave until our job was done.”

Lynch was supposed to be in Washington with other members of the New York delegation to press for passage of a bill that would help the families of injured Ground Zero heroes like Mahmoud.

Mahmoud died after contracting a rare cancer of the nasal passages that required disfiguring surgery to remove his nose.

“It is very difficult for us,” his brother, Hashem, said. “But David isn’t the only one. There are others like him and they should be looked up to.”

The following article from Newsday is from just after the court settlement:

Robert Ehmer of East Meadow had planned to use his share of the settlement for Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers to pay for treatment that his Medicare insurance wouldn’t cover, his sister Annette Ehmer said.

Ehmer, a 20-year New York City police officer, lost a three-year battle with kidney cancer Sunday, dying at the Hospice Inn in Melville. He was 47.

Another FDNY Funeral Sparks Renewed Call to Help 9/11 Responders

August 6, 2010


Look in my backlog of 9/11 Health posts for more backround.

source: MSNBC  Aug 5, 2010

The sound of muffled drums echoed along New York Avenue in Huntington Station, as a fire truck carrying the casket of Vincent Albanese headed toward St. Hugh of Lincoln Church.

“It’s a shame it happened like this,” said one mourner.

Albanese, 63, died this past weekend after a battle with cancer. He had served the FDNY for close to 38 years; all in Ladder 38 in the Bronx.

Albanese was, mourners believed, the latest victim of 9/11.

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Where’s the Rest of the 9/11 Money, Reps. Ask OMB

May 18, 2010

President Obama’s budget office has withheld the money required to finish a pair of 9/11 studies on the health of people who responded to the terror attacks, the Daily News has learned.

The money was expected to be part of a funding package released last week by the Office of Management and Budget to keep 9/11 treatment programs going — cash that came just seven weeks before funding ran out, with providers fearing they might have to interrupt services.

But not included was support for a survey of responders on the Sept. 11 health registry, including thousands of people from all over the country, according to a letter obtained by the News.

Also missing is cash for a study to learn how severely exposure to the toxins of Ground Zero raised the risk of getting cancer — a question grimly highlighted Saturday by the cancer death of 42-year-old city Police Officer Robert Oswain. His relatives blame his 9/11 service.

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The Plight Of The 9/11 First Responders

January 5, 2010

by Jon Gold  

source: 9/11 Blogger

Something To Do: Call Congressman Frank Pallone’s Office, And DEMAND That He Mark Up H.R. 847 IMMEDIATELY!!!

December 30, 2009

source: 9/11 Blogger

I just received this from 9/11 First Responder Charlie Giles…

“It has come to our attention that the reason that HR847 is being held up is due to Congressman Frank Pallone. He has not marked up the Bill in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. He promised it would be done by Nov. and still no response. 9/11 Responders are sick, tired & dying. We are now Demanding that this Bill get Marked Up & Passed. We the 9/11 Community need your help! Please call Congressman Frank Pallone’s Office in New Jersey at         732-249-8892 and also his Washington DC office at          202-225-4671. Tell them you are Demanding that Frank Pallone keep his Promise & Mark Up the Bill Now! We are no longer asking, we are demanding! Please Call both offices & flood his phone lines till he does what is right for those who served when Our Country needed us! Thank You!”

Please call… Please call… Please call…

Thank you.

Family’s Anger at FDNY’s Snub of Wake for 9/11 Hero James Ryan

December 28, 2009

  James Ryan, 9/11 Responder and Hero, died on Christmas Day. Rest in Peace Brother.

related film : Dust to Dust, the Health Effects of 9/11. (shown below)

source: NY Daily News

The somber wake for Long Island firefighter James Ryan Sunday was filled with sadness and anger.

Upset that Ryan wasn’t given a line-of-duty funeral service, Ryan’s Engine Co. 320 organized an honor guard, bagpipes and transport vehicles on their own.

They said it was about respect for a hero who worked at the World Trade Center site for months after Sept. 11 and whose body gave in to the side-effects of pancreatic cancer on Christmas morning.

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9/11′s delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers

November 12, 2009


See also: Three Heroes Of 9/11 Die Of Cancer In Five Days

Source: Guardian.co.uk

A spate of cancer-related illnesses among New York’s rescue services who worked at Ground Zero sparks fear of an epidemic
Ed Pilkington in New York
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 November 2009 14.36 GMT

A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness.

Five firefighters and police officers, all of whom were involved in the rescue and clear-up at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers, have died of cancer in the past three months, the oldest being 44. Three died last month within a four-day period.

Those three were Robert Grossman, a Harlem-based police officer who spent several weeks at the emergency site and died of a brain tumour aged 41; fellow police officer Cory Diaz, 37; and firefighter Richard Mannetta, 44.

In addition, John McNamara, a 44-year-old firefighter, died in September; and Renee Dunbar, a police officer in her late 30s, died in August.

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Three Heroes Of 9/11 Die Of Cancer In Five Days

October 12, 2009

On September 18th 2001 Christine Todd Whitman from the EPA stated “Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink.” So wall street reopens and almost 40,000 rescue workers start working on clearing the site for the next several months with no respirators (the air was supposed to be safe). When the buildings exploded a monsterous cloud of dust coverd Lower Manhattan. This  dust  was “wildly toxic”, according to air pollution expert and University of California Davis Professor Emeritus Thomas Cahill.  The thousands of tons of toxic debris resulting from the collapse of the Twin Towers consisted of more than 2,500 contaminants.  Many of the dispersed substances (asbestos, crystalline silica, lead, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are carcinogenic; other substances can trigger kidney, heart, liver and nervous system deterioration. This was well known by the EPA at the time of collapse. Please support the thousands of rescue workers who’s lives are at risk. Visit The Feal Good Foundation and make a contribution.  -Tasha

Source: nydailynews

BY Stephanie Gaskell 

A firefighter and two cops who worked at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after Sept. 11 have died of cancer in the past five days, the Daily News has learned.

Family members and advocates are blaming their deaths on toxins released into the air after the twin towers collapsed – and they’re urging Congress to act on a bill that would help pay for their medical care.

“Everybody is denying that this stuff is connected to 9/11, but it is,” said Stephen Grossman, whose son Robert died of cancer on Friday at the age of 44.

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Hundreds of 9/11 first responders die of cancer

August 24, 2009


New York’s emergency services were among the first on the scene of the 9/11 disaster but put their personal safety in jeopardy. Those involved in the rescue and clean-up operation quickly became national heroes.

But now 85 per cent of them are suffering from lung diseases which they say were caused by the huge clouds of dust. Those people are now calling on the state for medical support.

So far the US government has refused to help.


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