Cancers Covered by the WTC Compensation Fund

Accepting Clients Throughout New Jersey Including Hackensack, Bergen County, Newark & Essex County

Firefighters at the 9/11 attack site in New York CityFor months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, toxic dust and carcinogenic chemicals blanketed Ground Zero and the surrounding areas of Lower Manhattan. The area was also exposed to burning jet fuel in the hours and days after the attacks. In the weeks following, subterranean fires released more toxic material. It's no surprise that cancer claims from first responders, cleanup workers, recovery workers and Lower Manhattan residents are increasing.  While cancers were not initially included on the list of illnesses qualifying for compensation, the latest iteration of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund covers a wide variety of cancers. We list some of those cancers below.

If you do not see your cancer diagnosis listed here, or are unsure whether you are eligible for compensation or the WTC Health Program, please call Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC for complete information. We can determine your eligibility. To reach us in New York, please call 212-643-0044. If you are calling from New Jersey, including Hackensack and Newark, please call 201-342-5545.

Cancers Affecting Blood and Lymphoid Tissue

  • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Follicular (nodular) non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Leukemia of unspecified cell type
  • Lymphoid leukemia
  • Lymphosarcoma and reticulosarcoma
  • Malignant immunoproliferative diseases
  • Monocytic leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Myeloid leukemia
  • Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid hematopoietic and related tissue
  • Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Family talking to doctor about 9/11 cancer treatment options in NYCCancers of the Head and Neck

  • Malignant neoplasm of accessory sinuses
  • Malignant neoplasm of gum
  • Malignant neoplasm of lip
  • Malignant neoplasm of mouth
  • Malignant neoplasm of nasal cavity
  • Malignant neoplasm of oral cavity and pharynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of oropharynx, nasopharynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of palate
  • Malignant neoplasm of parotid gland
  • Malignant neoplasm of piriform sinus
  • Malignant neoplasm of salivary glands
  • Malignant neoplasm of the hypopharynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of the larynx, laryngeal cancer
  • Malignant neoplasm of tonsil
  • Throat cancer

Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer

  • Breast cancer – women and men
  • Ovarian cancer, malignant neoplasm of ovary

Childhood Cancer

All cancers affecting a 9/11 victim younger than 20 years of age fall into this category.

Skin Cancer

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Non-melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

Cancer of the Respiratory System

  • Malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung, lung cancer
  • Cancer of heart, mediastinum and pleura
  • Cancer of other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
  • Malignant neoplasms of the trachea


Exposure to asbestos is the primary risk factor for this aggressive cancer of the lungs and abdomen. Decades may pass after the initial exposure before symptoms are present.

Male Reproductive System Cancer

  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Scrotum Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer

Digestive System Cancer

  • Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
  • Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • Malignant neoplasm of the colon
  • Malignant neoplasm of rectosigmoid junction
  • Malignant neoplasm of the rectum
  • Malignant neoplasm of other and ill-defined digestive organs
  • Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
  • Malignant neoplasms of retroperitoneum and peritoneum

Thyroid Cancer

Studies have shown that rescue and recovery workers have significantly higher rates of thyroid cancer, which develops in the thyroid gland in your throat.

Other Cancers

  • Urinary system cancer
  • Soft-tissue cancer
  • Cancers of the eye and orbit
  • Rare cancers

This list is not exhaustive. You may be eligible for compensation and medical monitoring even if your illness does not appear here.

Find Out if You are Eligible for WTC Cancer Compensation

The toxic dust and chemicals lingered over New York City for months. Many people may have been potentially sickened, tens of thousands by some estimates. If you have developed cancer and believe it is linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, please call Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC. You can reach us in New York at 212-643-0044, and in New Jersey at 201-342-5545.