EEOICPA CIRCULAR NO. 12-13                 May 11, 2012


SUBJECT:  (1)         Sarcoma of the lung is a specified cancer.

(2)         When cancer of the fallopian tubes is considered to be ovarian cancer, which is a specified cancer.


The purpose of this Circular is to provide clarification on two cancers that can be considered as specified cancers under the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).  The Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation asked the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to provide guidance on whether the above-referenced cancers can be included as specified cancers.  The guidance provided by NCI is as follows:


(1)         Sarcoma of the lung:  Sarcoma refers to a diverse group of cancerous tumors found in various locations in the body such as the bones and soft tissue (also called connective tissue).  Primary lung sarcomas are classified according to their histological features.  Sarcoma of the lung is considered a lung cancer. 


(2)         Cancer of the fallopian tube:  An endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the fallopian tube is considered as an ovarian cancer under the following condition: An endometrioid carcinoma of the fallopian tube from which a transition zone is identified and where the endometrium is negative should be called a primary endometrioid carcinoma of the fallopian tube.  High-grade endometrioid carcinoma involving the fallopian tube may also involve the ovary.  If both organs are involved, the convention is to call it ovarian cancer.


Lung cancer and ovarian cancer are specified cancers under the SEC.  Therefore, the DEEOIC has determined that this information allows for the two cancers as described above to be treated as specified cancers under the SEC.





Director, Division of Energy Employees

Occupational Illness Compensation


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