PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION

 

VA Ratings For Prostate Cancer

 

 

The Agent Orange Act was established by the US government in 1991. This act acknowledged that a positive association exists between exposure to herbicides and the later development of a number of cancers, including prostate cancer also knownas adenocarcinoma of the prostate.

The Act covers any veteran who served in Vietnam between January 9,1962 and May 5, 1975 and who subsequently developed prostate cancer. These veterans are entitled to compensation, no matter when the disease appears.

The VA (The Department of Veteran Affairs) has a compensation or rating system which is based on the percentage of disability. To determine how much compensation is due,  a special schedule must be consulted. In this schedule, the VA Ratings for prostate cancer can be found. Below is a brief review of some of the key points.

 

Key Points For VA ( Department Of Veteran Affairs)  Ratings For Prostate Cancer

  •  When the diagnosis of prostate cancer is made a rating of 100% is assigned.
  •  The rating of 100% continues until 6 months have gone by from the end of treatment which can include surgical, X-ray,    chemotherapy, or any other therapeutic procedure.
  •  After the 6 months have elapsed, a VA examination takes place. This examination is mandatory.
  •  The VA Rating for prostate cancer going forward depends on the results of this exam.
  •  If there has been no local recurrence or metastasis, the rate of residual payments will depend on the degree, if present, of either voiding dysfunction or renal dysfunction. 

 

More specific information about prostate cancer and the resulting VA rating can be found in sections 4.115a and 4.115b in Part 4 of the VA Schedule For Rating Disabilities. 

The website link to the schedule is:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_04/38cfr_04.html

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