Camp Lejeune: Bile duct cancer claims

Approximately 8,000 people develop bile duct cancer every year in the U.S. It is a rare disease. Some of the risk factors for bile duct cancer are liver disease, parasitic infestation, biliary stones, and exposure to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and 1,2-dichloropropane. These hazardous substances were lurking in the environment and possibly drinking water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and more than one million people experienced toxic exposure during this period, most of whom were service members. As a result, today, veterans are at high risk of developing bile duct cancer. If you are a veteran who struggles with bile duct cancer and spent at least 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune during the 34 years when the drinking water was contaminated, do not hesitate to contact us, as you might be eligible for compensation from the VA and from the government.

Claim Application

The solvents 1,2‐dichloropropane and dichloromethane might be causative agents for bile duct cancer

A study from the medical journal Annals of Gastroenterological Surgery found chronic bile duct injury with DNA damage, precancerous lesions, and invasive bile duct cancer in multiple young Japanese printing company workers. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of the solvents 1,2‐dichloropropane and dichloromethane was highly suspected to be the cause. Some of the most common risk factors for bile duct cancer are:

  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • hepatitis B and C virus
  • liver flukes
  • congenital biliary anomalies
  • bile duct adenoma
  • parasitic infections
  • hepatolithiasis
  • drug exposure

In the printing department, various chemicals, including chlorinated organic solvents such as 1,1,1‐trichloroethane, were used to clean ink residues. The department was estimated to have employed 111 former or current workers between 1981 and 2012. Out of these workers, 18 eventually developed bile duct cancer, medically known as cholangiocarcinoma. The research revealed that the incidence of bile duct cancer increased with cumulative exposure to 1,2‐dichloropropane. It is important to note that two workers in the company had gastric cancer, one had Bowen's disease, one had renal carcinoma, and one who was exposed to trichloroethylene developed severe acute hepatitis. These health conditions might have made them more prone to bile duct cancer.

Of the 18 patients from the printing company, 13 underwent surgical resection for their bile duct cancer. Unfortunately, patients with bile duct cancer seem to have a high incidence of postoperative complications, such as intra‐abdominal infection. This might be related to damage to the bile ducts, including chronic bile duct injury and precancerous or preinvasive lesions. Epidemiological studies have suggested 1,2‐dichloropropane and dichloromethane be causative agents for bile duct cancer, whether exposure occurs in occupational settings on under any other circumstances.

Exposure to dioxins, which were present on military bases such as Camp Lejeune as a result of burn pits, can also lead to bile duct cancer. According to a study from the World Journal of Gastroenterology, environmental toxins such as dioxin and vinyl chloride, a solvent that was lurking in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, are known to be responsible for some cases of bile duct cancer. Nitrosamines, which result from various chemical reactions, are also potent carcinogens for biliary cancer, according to researchers.

Finally, exposure to asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, and radon is also a significant risk factor for bile duct cancer in veterans. Some of these harmful substances might have been present at Camp Lejeune, which facilitated toxic exposure. If you experience the following symptoms, which might indicate bile duct cancer, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention immediately:

  • yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • itchy skin
  • darker urine
  • pale stools
  • fatigue
  • a high temperature
  • feeling generally unwell
  • loss of appetite
  • abdominal pain
  • unintentional weight loss
  • nausea and vomiting
  • feeling shivery

Our experienced attorneys can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim in the unfortunate case it turns out you have bile duct cancer. A large number of our clients are veterans struggling with the impact of military toxic exposure, so you can rest assured that we will go to great lengths to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.

Quality legal assistance and services for Camp Lejeune veterans with bile duct cancer

With over 30 years of experience in handling toxic exposure cases, our skilled attorneys will help you find out whether you qualify for compensation if you are a veteran with bile duct cancer. To initiate the legal process, which is fast and simple, all you need to do is send our legal team your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. After a careful review of these documents, which will serve as a starting point if we determine that you are eligible, we will inform you about whether you can file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim.

If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, you should not worry, as you can ask a family member to help you navigate each step. Furthermore, our compassionate team will be there for you the whole time, taking care of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects on your behalf. We will do all in our power to recover the maximum financial compensation for you if you are entitled to money for your diagnosis. If you were stationed on another military base and developed bile duct cancer, our attorneys might also be able to help you.