Repeat Claim


My disability and rating were reduced when my cancer went into remission. I had lasting affects which impacted other areas of my health but they were all denied by the VA resulting in years of appeal. Now cancer is back. What must I do?


Jim's Reply:

This isn't unusual for a cancer to recur, the VA is familiar with it happening in all sorts of cancers. When a cancer is cured or otherwise in remission, the typical 100% rating drops to reflect any residual conditions caused by the cancer or treatment.

If there is a recurrence you must file a claim just as you did originally. Once you've filed the claim you'll be contacted for a C & P exam and the process will proceed as before and your 100% rating will be in place again. Unless and until you file the claim nothing will happen so don't delay. Good luck.


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