Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Agent Orange
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue—a part of your body’s immune system that helps to fight infection and illness. We believe that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be caused by contact with Agent Orange, a toxic chemical used to clear trees and plants during the Vietnam War. If you had contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military—and now have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—you can get disability compensation or benefits.
Signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:
- Swollen, painless lymph nodes in your neck, armpit, or groin
- Night sweats
- Fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Weight loss
- Pain or swelling in your abdomen (the area that includes your stomach)
- Chest pain or trouble breathing
- Itchy skin
Can I get disability benefits from VA?
You may be able to get disability benefits if you have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and both of these are true:
- You had contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military, and
- You served in Vietnam or in the waters off Vietnam during the Vietnam Era, in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or in another area where Agent Orange was stored, tested, or sprayed
- Qualified dependents
- Qualified survivors
What kind of disability benefits can I get?
- Health care
- Compensation (payments)
- An Agent Orange Registry health exam
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to apply for benefits. We consider non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to be related to contact with Agent Orange. So, when you apply for benefits, you won’t have to show that your illness is related to Agent Orange or that it began during—or got worse because of—your military service.
Get more information
Want to figure out where you may have come into contact with Agent Orange? See locations linked to Agent Orange.
Want to learn more about non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment, the latest research, and more from the National Institutes of Health? Visit MedlinePlus.