Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer developed by 9/11 survivors has been one of the most common claims of life-threatening illnesses from the tragic event. Survivors and first responders who were exposed to the toxic dust cloud in Lower Manhattan and Ground Zero ingested several contaminants, some burning at high heat, including polychlorinated biphenyls, cement, glass, asbestos, gypsum, building materials, cellulose, and synthetic molecules. Other types of toxins linked to bladder cancer include diesel fumes and industrial chemicals that were also present at these sites.

Bladder cancer is often a condition associated with older adults; however, cases involving individuals of all ages have been seen among groups who were exposed to 9/11 toxic dust. Anyone who ingested this debris was forced to filter carcinogenic materials through their kidneys. Once processed into urine, the toxins would have traveled down to the bladder to be held, providing optimal opportunity for prolonged exposure. The risks of developing bladder cancer are even higher for those with a history of smoking.

Current treatments for bladder cancer include:

  • Surgery
  • Intravesical therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy


Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured by exposure from the toxic debris of 9/11. Our firm is handling litigation related to these claims nationwide.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with a 9/11-related bladder cancer, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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