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9/11 Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is a common cancer we frequently see among 9/11 responders and survivors. Turley Hansen has represented many kidney cancer clients before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

The kidneys’ main job is to filter waste products from the blood. These include the 9/11 toxins ingested by responders and survivors found near Ground Zero and downtown Manhattan. These toxins included polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) burned at high heat, cement and glass dust. The levels of dioxin measured in the air near the smoldering pile “were the highest ambient measurements of dioxin ever recorded anywhere in the world”. Other toxins burned at high heat included asbestos, gypsum from drywall, building materials, cellulose from paper, and synthetic molecules from rugs, among other items.

Given the kidneys’ role as the body’s waste filter, you can imagine the higher risk 9/11 responders and survivors have for kidney cancer. The waste from these toxins becomes urine. Urine leaves the kidneys and then flows into the bladder. The urine is then stored in the bladder until you urinate. As a result, 9/11 responders and survivors also are at a high risk for bladder cancer.

Treatment for kidney cancer may include surgery, ablation and other local therapies, active surveillance, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy (biologic therapy) and chemotherapy.

Should you have questions about medical care or an award for kidney cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636. Read more about living with COPD from the American Lung Association here.