VA Partners with Stanford Medicine to Improve Cancer Treatment Options for Veterans

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Earlier this year, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead an assessment of the nation’s current progress on cancer treatment and eradication. The initiative, Cancer Moonshot, created a comprehensive look at the current state of cancer care and helped shape a new set of actions the federal government and private sector need to boost the race for a cure.

Among the various collaborations established through Cancer Moonshot is a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Stanford Medicine. The two organizations are collaborating on the establishment of the nation’s first Hadron Center.

Hadron therapy is a type of radiation cancer treatment used to kill tumors with particle radiation beams. These advanced radiation beams can target the tumor tissue more closely, which helps eliminate much of the risk of damage to healthy tissue that can occur with traditional radiation therapy.

The Hadron Center will open in Palo Alto, CA and provide clinical care to both veteran and non-veteran cancer patients. The center will also host clinical trials to develop more beneficial cancer treatments and hopefully a cure for cancer.

Military Service Exposures Can Cause Many Types of Cancer

If your military service exposed you to certain toxic materials, these exposures might carry the risk of causing cancer development. If you have received a cancer diagnosis, contact the Disability Help Group to discuss your military history and health conditions to identify if you are eligible for veterans’ disability benefits. Call us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates today.