WTC Related Cancers and Illnesses

The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is intended for individuals who suffered a “physical injury to the body” and who also qualify under the other eligibility requirements based on presence at the specified site(s) and within the effective time period. At this time, the VCF does not offer compensation for psychological or PTSD, although there are options for treatment available through the WTC Health program. For information about whether you may be eligible for treatment for emotional or mental harms by the WTC Health Program, you can contact the WTC Health program directly, or we would be glad to discuss the issue with you.
Below is a list of presumptively covered conditions based on determinations made by the WTC Health Program. Although these are generally the only injuries or conditions that the VCF will provide compensation for, in rare circumstances, individuals with other physical conditions may also be eligible for an award. In addition, this list has been modified twice to add different cancers since the VCF reopened in 2011.

Cancers & Illnesses

Prostate Cancer

The greatest future risk of mesothelioma would appear to exist among first responders who were covered by the cloud of dust on 11 September 2001 as well as in other workers employed directly at Ground Zero and workers employed in cleaning asbestos-laden dust from contaminated buildings. Generally, mesothelioma has a latency period in the body of at least 11 years from exposure and it may take as long as 20 to 50 years to become symptomatic.
Read National Institutes of Health letter

Interstitial Lung Disease

Thyroid Cancer
Cancer of thyroid gland

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
Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid hematopoietic and related tissue

Respiratory System
Cancer of the trachea
Cancer of bronchus and lung
Cancer of heart, mediastinum and pleura
Cancer of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs

Soft Tissue

Cancer of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
Cancer of other connective and soft tissue

Skin (Non Melanoma)  
Other skin cancers  

Scrotum cancer


Skin Cancer

Breast Cancer

Female Reproductive Organs
Ovarian cancer

Urinary System
Bladder cancer,  Kidney cancer (except renal pelvis),  Cancer of the renal pelvis,  Cancer of the ureter,  Cancer of other and unspecified urinary organs

Eye & Orbit
Cancer of the eye and adnexa

Childhood Cancer
Any cancer diagnosed since 9/11/01 in a person under 20 years old

Rare Cancers
Any type of cancer that develops in fewer than 200,000 individuals per year in the entire United States population

Head & Neck
Cancer of the lip
Cancer of the base of tongue
Cancer of other and unspecified parts of tongue
Cancer of parotid gland
Cancer of other and unspecified major salivary glands
Cancer of floor of the mouth
Cancer of the gums
Cancer of palate
Cancer of other and unspecified parts of mouth
Cancer of tonsil
Cancer of oropharynx  
Cancer of nasopharynx  
Cancer of piriform sinus
Cancer of the hypopharynx
Cancer of other and ill-defined conditions in the lip
oral cavity and pharynx
Cancer of nasal cavity
Cancer of accessory sinuses
Cancer of the larynx

* Neuropathy
Neuropathy is not currently included on the list of eligible illnesses for the Health Program or Victim Compensation Fund. However, we are hopeful that it will be added in the future. To learn more about Neuropathy and the WTC, please click here.

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