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Wicket
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   Posted 12/17/2006 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Curtis was wondering if any of you men have gotten your VA benefits yet and how much you received.  We're in the process of making out all the paper work and know he won't be getting anything for a long while, but he's curious.
Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!
 
First PSA test came back undetectable on December 7, 2006!!!!


Tim G
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   Posted 12/17/2006 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I applied to the VA for agent-orange related benefits as a blue-water Navy Vietnam Vet.  I heard back twice, once to tell me they received my application and the second time to tell me they are reviewing it in light of a recent court decision. 
Age 58 PSA 2.6 Gleason 5
Bi-lateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate 3-month PSA non-detectable


jetguy
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   Posted 12/18/2006 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a good question. I have never applied for any VA medical benefits so I have no idea. I used educational bennies many years ago, but the medical stuff - no clue. I have a couple of friends who use VA medical services - I'll give them a ring and see what I can find out.

Regards,

Bill
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!


Wicket
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   Posted 12/18/2006 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jet.  We're just curious.  I know my father collects disability and has for years, but he is still considered 60% disabled and is 88 years old.  Of course when I was born he was considered 100% disabled...I've always teased him that he couldn't have been 100% disabled at the time.  tongue
Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!
 
First PSA test came back undetectable on December 7, 2006!!!!


elpaso
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   Posted 12/18/2006 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I applied for VA disability in early March, about four days prior to my surgery; I applied online via the VA web site. I received notice of approval in May, and got my first checks in June. All you need to show is that you served in Vietnam (DD-214 form is proof) and that you are diagnosed with prostate cancer (I sent pathology report, PSA score, the urologist's clincial notes from my visits). I am married, so I initially received about $2,600 per month. I had a compensation exam by VA a couple of months later, and received a slight increase due to my impotence. The VA calls its loss of a creative organ, about $90 per month. In my case, I received the 100 percent rating for six months after surgery; was re-evaluated. With no sign of cancer, but still slightly incontinent, I am now rated at 40 percent, and am receiving about $650 per month.

Wicket
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   Posted 12/18/2006 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
elpaso,
Thanks for the information.  What exactly is a compensation exam?
Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!
 
First PSA test came back undetectable on December 7, 2006!!!!


pooks6719
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   Posted 12/19/2006 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband originally filed in Mar 06 and recevied his first check in Sep 06 which was retro active from Mar 06 thru Sep 06 - then from Oct til present he gets a check monthly.  If the pc is rated as service connected - as long as you are on some type of treatment you should get 100% - 6 months after treatment is finished you'll be scheduled for a C&P exam and re-rated on residuals if any. 
We just got my husband's new PSA count and it is .08. My husband is on a 12 month hormone implant which will be removed this week and another implant put in good for another 12 months.  The implant has been successful in reducing his PSA to .08 from an original PSA of 30 so this will be a Great Holiday!!
 
Wishing you all a Joyous and Healthy Holiday and New Year.
Husband's original PSA 32
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


elpaso
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   Posted 12/19/2006 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
C & P exam stands for Compenstion and Pension. The VA schedules the exams to verify medical claims, or to update a veteran's medical situation. My first exam, about two months after I started receiving disabilty, merely involved the doctor asking me questions about my condition ... The second exam, about seven months after my surgery: lab drew blood to get PSA number. Doctor examined and interviewed me. It's not a big deal, but it's important to show up for the exams when they are scheduled.

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 12/30/2006 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   

hi,

we applied online about november 1 of this year (almost immediately upon being diagnosed ... thanks to the thread we found HERE). 

We got our first letter on November 6, saying they had received it.

about December 6th they sent a letter asking for a release of medical records (thought that was part of the online app), so we sent in the release along with a copy of all medical records (showing diagnosis, lab reports, etc).

Will keep you updated as to when we get approved.


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 12/30/2006 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
pooks,
 
great to hear about the new PSA score!!  that is great indeed!
 
Enjoy the new year!
 
Tanya and Ken
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/9/2007 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
An update.

We got a call today to do a VA exam on February 17. Not sure if everyone has to do this before benefits. But at least it shows the claim is moving along. We asked what kind of exam, said no biopsy. So not sure what the exam is.

Has anyone else been through a VA exam for prostate cancer?
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci.  Sheduled April 3, 2007


Dutch
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   Posted 2/9/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Question please.   I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with Pca and he served in Vietnam for a time.  Is the Vietnam era the time period the benefit is for?

Dutch


Diagnosed Feb 2001
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 =6
T2
Completed Proton @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


Swimom
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   Posted 2/9/2007 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/9/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, if one served in Vietnam, they are entitled to disability benefits for prostate cancer.

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/Herbicide/AOno3.htm

The online form to fill out is here, if you would like to pass it on to your friend.

http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

click on "start vonapp".
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci.  Sheduled April 3, 2007


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/10/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a follow-up, we got the letter notifying of exam after the phone call from VA yesterday, and it says arrive by 9 AM and plan to stay until 4 PM??? Has anyone really had to spend the whole day for a compensation exam?
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci.  Sheduled April 3, 2007


Rock50
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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had someone tell me if you served during the Vietnam era and even if you did not do any of your time actually in Vietnam you could still apply for Disability. This does not sound right. Anyone know for sure? thanks!!!
Prostate Cancer, Removed by Da Vincie Robotic
 
Poorly Differentiated Adenocarcinoma involving Left and Right Lobes 80%
Gleason 8
Pathologic Stage T2C No Mx
 

Post Edited (Rock50) : 2/12/2007 6:32:33 PM (GMT-7)


pooks6719
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   Posted 2/12/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure if you can get service connected status if you didn't actually serve in Vietnam but here is a great place to pose your questions.

http://p203.ezboard.com/bvetbenefits

This site has alot of info that vets can use. Hope it helps you as much as it did us.
Husband's original PSA 32
cancer in 6 out of 12 samples - Gleason 9
Radiation / 12 month Hormone Implant
 


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/14/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Rock50, Don't think that is correct.

Used to have to prove service in vietnam. The only expansion I have heard about is to blue water navy veterans who served off-shore in vietnam. I think you have to have been deployed to vietnam in one capacity or another.
 
Edit:  Above only applies if your question was about agent orange related compensation for prostate cancer. 
 
Yes, you can apply for disabillity benefits no matter where you served.  In re-reading wasn't sure if you meant prostate cancer benefits, or general disability benefits.


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment: DaVinci.  Sheduled April 3, 2007

Post Edited (Izzyblizzy) : 2/14/2007 2:11:27 PM (GMT-7)


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 2/17/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
In answer to my own question about the VA exam pre-benefits.

We went today and although the letter said 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, we got there shortly before 9 am and were second one in. We got in at 9:20 and spent maybe 15 minutes at most. Gave him our medical records. He looked them over, said "everything I need is in here." Asked a few questions about ken's upcoming surgery, his "erection" and "urinary" function pre-surgery and that was about it.
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


Dutch
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   Posted 3/8/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Do you apply for these benefits as soon as you are diagnosed with Pca or do you have to wait until you have or complete treatment?

Dutch


Diagnosed Feb 2001  (Age 65)
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
T2b
Completed Proton therapy @ Loma Linda - Aug 2001
5yr PSA   0.17
Have had no side effects.


Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 3/19/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Dutch - sorry, didn't see this until I was looking for the thread.  One should apply as soon as aware of prostate cancer from a positive biopsy.  They start benefits at time your APPLICATION is dated, not the time of diagnosis, so the sooner a person applies, the farther back benefits will go.
 
For others - update on our application.  We got our "Decision letter" today.
 
We applied on October 31, 2006 and were approved in a letter dated March 15, 2007.  So took 4.5 months.  Letter says first check with retroactive benefits to November 1, 2006 should arrive within 15 days.
 
Award is 100% disability retroactive to November 1.  Exam required 6 months after "completion of treatment" which for us would be in next september as our surgery is for April 10. (assuming *hopefully* that don't have to do any follow-up treatment).  At which time they will adjust the disability rating down from 100% depending on follow-up PSA tests, incontinence, and erectile difficulties. (as I understand it).
 
 
Significant other diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Da Vinci Scheduled: 4/10/07


maltratado45
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Total Posts : 84
   Posted 7/3/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys, I'm a vet and doing a little back ground reading.
 
Enough time has past most of you should know what happened with your claims.
 
So how did things work out, did you get your checks?
 
Jim
Age 60 when presented to GP on 3 Aug. 2004 with elevated PSA of 13.8.
Referred to Urologist. Biopsy and bone scan in Oct 04.
Pathology report in Nov 04.  Initial Results are T2cNoMo carcinoma of prostate gland.
Had a RRP on 14 Feb 2005. Boy talk about irony look at that date again.
Dr. called 3 days after surgery. I want you both in my office tomorrow morning, we must talk now.
"I wish to apologize because I misdiagnosed your condition.
Biopsy of your organ says Staging is T3bNoMo. Please accept my apology."
At that moment I fell in love with my Dr. and have never changed my mind.
Followup radiation of the prostate bed started early June 05 and ran 42 sessions.
All PSA checkups to date, 5 1/2 yrs, are undetectable.


John T
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Total Posts : 3620
   Posted 7/3/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Took about 8 months from filing to acceptence. Had to see a contract doctor for an exam and refused the DRE. Doc asked why and I told him he didn't have lead lined gloves as I had been seeded just two days ago. He laughed and signed the papers. Got everything retroactive from day of filing. Still waiting for a follow up exam as it has been over a year and have heard nothing.
JT

64 years old.

PSA rising for 10 years to 40, free psa 10-15. Had 5 urologists, 12 biopsies and MRIS all neg. Doctors DXed BPH and continue to get biopsies yearly. 13th biopsy positive in 10-08, 2 cores of 25, G6 less than 5%. Scheduled for surgery as recommended by Urological Oncologist.

2nd Opinion from Dr Sholtz, a Prostate Oncologist, said DX wrong, pathology shows indolant cancer, but psa history indicates large cancer or metastasis. Futher tests and Color Doppler confirmed large transition zone tumor that 13 biopsies and MRIS missed. G7, 4+3, approx 16mmX18mm.

Combidex MRI in Holland eliminated lymphnode mets. Casodex and Proscar reduced psa to 0.6 and prostate from 60mm to 32mm. Changed diet, no meat and dairy. All staging tests indicate that tumor is local and non agressive. (PAP, PCA3, MRIS, Color Doppler, Combidex, tumor reaction to diet and Casodex, and tumor location in transition zone). Surgery a poor option because tumor is located next to the urethea and positive margin is very likely; permanent incontenance is also high probability with surgery.

Seed implants on 5-19-09, 3 hours door to door, no pain, minor side affects are frequency and urgency; very controlable with Flowmax and lasted 4 weeks. Daily activities resumed day after implants with no restrictions. Gold markers implanted with seeds to guide IMRT.

25 treatments of IMRT 6 weeks after seed implants. No side affects at all.

PSA at end of treatment 0.02 mostly the result of Casodex. When I stop Casodex next week expect PSA to rise. Next PSA in November. Treatments and side affects have greatly exceeded my expectations. Glad to have this 11 year journey finally conclude.

JohnT


Purgatory
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   Posted 7/3/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Bro. Sonny here just started getting his VA checks recently. He is in FL, and took him I want to say 6 full months. He can tell you how much he gets, seems like it was around 3 grand a month. I appled at my county VA office here in SC last October and still waiting for approval. Been told that timing really varies from state to state. I was at my local office Thursday, doing another round of paperwork. My make up check will be huge by the time they get it approved. They tell me that its best to let the local offices to handle the initial ap and followup paperwork. Less chance of mistakes and delays.

Good luck in yours. Us navy vets have a tougher time with these claims then any other branch of the service, but it has been slowly improving.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, next one:  July
Latest:  7/9 cath #6 - 41 days, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12 ,Cath #11 - 21 days,  Cath #12 - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Cath #13 - 4 days, Cath #14- 27 days, Cath #15 - 26 days, Cath #16 - 31 days, 5/24 put in Cath #17


60Michael
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Total Posts : 1774
   Posted 7/3/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
There was a good article in this months Amercian Legion Magazine on agent orange and Blue and Brown water vets. Gave some history that I was not aware of.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends
Michael

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