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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma linked to 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
  • Fever
  • 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 the below descriptions are true for you.

Both of these must be 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

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents
  • Qualified survivors

What kind of disability benefits can I get?

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation. We consider non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to be related to contact with Agent Orange. So, when you file a claim, 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.

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

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?
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