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Q43: I served in the 1st Cavalry in Vietnam from November 1970 to December 31, 1971, 3rd squad, 2/12 Cav. as Pointman. I haven't gotten sick my entire life until June 2016. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcanoma (Bile Duct Cancer). Surgery to remove tumor on left adrenal gland ,gall bladder, bile ducts, spleen, 3 lymph glands, 1/3 of pancreas, 1/3 stomach, 20 inches of small intestine, and 2 pieces of liver. Chemo and radiation together, and a 4% chance I would survive all this. I also lost 40 lbs. of muscle, never to return. Was 185 lbs. now 140 lbs. I remember bathing in rivers, drinking supplied water (every 3 days or so, sometimes longer, depending where our AO was) by the gallons. Eating food from villages we encountered on patrols. My question is... already denied by VA for Agent Orange claim, is Liver Flukes compensable? I have submitted a claim for Liver Flukes over a year ago, along with supporting letters and medical records. My Surgeon Oncologist and my Medical Oncologist both wrote letters citing military service and or Agent Orange as "likely caused my condition." What do you think?
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A1: Unfortunately that is not a compensable condition for Agent Orange exposure. (AP) 3/6/18
A2: Agent orange is bad hang in there brother, fight them. We served together 2nd Bn 12th cav bravo company. 4th platoon point man/ RTO for Captain Owens. (LF) 3/6/18
A3: Liver flukes is a parasite that can be contracted in the United States it is not a chemically produced condition that is possibly caused by agent orange exposure therefore it is not a compensable condition. (AP) 3/7/18
A4: The condition derived from the Liver Fluke, if listed in the VASARD Schedule of Rated Disabilites would be what you would submit to the VA as a claimed condition. (TW) 9/20/19
A5: In humans, maturation from metacercariae into adult flukes usually takes about 3?4 months; development of F. gigantica may take somewhat longer than F. hepatica.
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/fasciola/biology.html (EO) 12/4/20