EEOICPA BULLETIN NO.02-16
Issue Date: July 15, 2002
Effective Date: June 12, 2002
Expiration Date: June 12, 2003
Subject: Ureter Cancer as a Specified Primary Cancer
Background: The Department of Labor (DOL) recently forwarded the medical evidence in a case file to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for their review and opinion to determine if, for purposes of being considered a specified cancer under the EEOICPA, ureter cancer can be considered urinary bladder cancer.
The expert medical opinion obtained from the NCI indicates that superficial transitional cell carcinomas of the urinary epithelium are biologically identical wherever they arise within the urinary tract and indeed, they are often multifocal. The etiologic (including environmental) influences on urothelial carcinogenesis and the tendency of patients who have developed a tumor in one location to develop additional tumors elsewhere in the urinary tract point to the clinical interchangeability of bladder and upper-tract transitional cell tumors. The NCI expert’s opinion, therefore, is that it is logically inconsistent to treat those that arise within the bladder differently than those arising in the ureter or renal pelvis.
For these reasons, the NCI expert considers that the ureter tumor belongs in the category with tumors of the urinary bladder.
Reference: Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, As Amended, 42 U.S.C. § 7384 et seq., Sections 7384l (14) and (17) and a letter from Dr. R. Kaplan, NCI, to Dr. V. Miller, DOL, dated June 12, 2002, addressing this ureter cancer case (see Docket No.4216-2002).
Purpose: To notify District Offices that ureter cancer is considered a urinary bladder cancer, which is a specified primary cancer for eligible SEC claimants under the EEOICPA.
Applicability: All staff.
Disposition: Retain until incorporated in the Federal
(EEOICPA) Procedure Manual
PETER M. TURCIC
Director, Division of Energy Employees
Occupational Illness Compensation
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