Understanding Your Diagnosis
We are dedicated to providing cancer patients and their families with an understanding of their diagnosis, their treatment options and to answering any questions they may have. Regardless of the diagnosis, cancer patients and their families can and should be provided with the peace of mind that comes from being well informed.
When someone is battling a serious illness such as cancer, it’s important to know enough about the disease and the treatment to communicate with your healthcare team. Our Cancer Education Centers are available to help people find effective communization tools, the best answers to questions, the most recent information about cancer, which clinical trials are going on and how a person can help themselves or a loved one who has cancer.
Downwinders Compensation Act (RECA) Set to End in 2022
Intermountain supports cancer patients and their families in a variety of ways. One way is helping downwinders and their families apply for government funds through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).
What is a Downwinder?
The term “downwinder” is used to describe the more than 60,000 people who were exposed to radioactive fallout in southern Utah during the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site.
What is Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)?
The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is a federal statute providing for the monetary compensation of people (or their family) who contracted certain cancers and/or other diseases as a direct result of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear testing. Qualifying downwinders – or spouses, or children of deceased loved ones – may apply for up to $50,000 in compensation.
What Cancers Qualify for Compensation?
Qualifying cancers include:
- Multiple Myeloma
- Lymphomas, other than Hodgkin’s
- Primary cancers of the pharynx, small intestine, salivary gland, brain, stomach, urinary bladder, colon, thyroid, pancreas, female or male breast, esophagus, bile ducts, liver, gall bladder, lung and ovary.
When does RECA expire?
RECA is set to expire in July 2022.
Community meetings will be scheduled in St. George, Hurricane, Springdale and Kanab in July and in other locations monthly through December 2021.
Applications, public meeting dates, and other information are available by calling 435-251-4760. RECA counselors are available to help anyone who may qualify get started on the compensation process.