Renal (Kidney) Cancer
(Please Check with
your family Physician)
John D. Dennison
It has come to my attention that Renal (Kidney)
Cancer is usually asymptomatic and is found coincidently when doctors are
searching for answers to resolve another health problem.
As Vietnam Veterans, we were all exposed to Agent
Orange and other chemical defoliants that contained dioxins. Dioxins have
been scientifically proven to cause cancer of human organs, including the
I am asking all Vietnam Veterans to talk to their
doctors about getting a CT scan to check for this potentially dangerous life
threatening disease. Being asymptomatic, most people will not show any
signs of being ill however, about 40% of the cancer patients had some pain in
their lower back on either their left or right side, just over the
kidney. If the belt that you are wearing is hurting your back have your
doctor order a CT scan for you immediately.
Renal Cancer is one of the health problems that
the VA has listed as "Inadequate/Insufficient Evidence to Determine
Whether an Association Exists" for Agent Orange.
The Government paid for a 20 year study
(Operation Ranch Hand) and now some experts are saying this study was seriously
flawed from the beginning. I am not an expert on this subject but you can
check it out on the internet and make your own informed opinion. I just
wonder why they didn't study any infantry units in III Corps. Infantry
soldiers did not change their clothes every day or take a daily shower. It
would be weeks before they would get a change of clothes and a month for a
shower. III Corps
was the heaviest sprayed area in Vietnam, especially in 1969. Agent
Orange II (Super Orange which had double the dioxin) was used in 1968 and1969 in South Vietnam.
Below is a map illustrating the heaviest
areas sprayed in Vietnam by the United States Air Force. The color
orange represents the heaviest concentrations. The map
is not drawn to scale, but is to give a person a general understanding
where the heaviest spraying took place. This map does not indicate
areas that were sprayed by helicopters or by other means of distributing
Agent Orange and other chemical defoliants .
Veterans Please check
with your family physician. Make use of the medical technology that we
have available to help save your life. It requires a simple scan that
could catch this cancer in the earliest stages BEFORE it grows. Without
symptoms, there are no warning signs. Get checked.
Getting out this information
was very important to John Dennison because the VA does not recognize renal cell
cancer as being Agent Orange related.
This situation needs to
When John was diagnosed on
November 8, 2006 with a large tumor on his kidney, his only symptom had been a
cough that he developed in August. Our family physician treated him for bronchitis,
asthma and even whooping cough. Nothing showed up on his chest
x-ray. A CT Scan of John's lungs was performed on November 8, 2006 and
part of his kidney was visible in the scan and that is how they spotted the
large tumor. The CT scan also showed cancer nodules throughout his
lungs. After going through aggressive treatment of surgery, radiation and
chemotherapy, it was still impossible to stop the cancer which was in his
kidney, both lungs, liver and spine. He applied to the VA for compensation
because his both lungs were involved. The VA completely turned down his
application because even though the cancer was in both of his lungs, they
decided it was renal cell cancer that had spread to his lungs, NOT REAL LUNG
CANCER. His VA rejection letter came the week prior to his death.
Please be advised that John D.
Dennison died on May 24, 2007.
Monday 7-9 PM
Hafer Chapel of the Hills
CUMBERLAND - After being diagnosed with advanced renal cell (kidney)
cancer on November 8, 2006, John Dennison died on his birthday May 24,
2007 at his home. The son of Russell and Ellen (Nellie) Dennison, he was
born in Frostburg where he attended Thomas G. Pullen School and graduated
from Beall. He enlisted into the Army and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY,
Ft. Sam Houston, TX, the Republic of Vietnam (earning a Combat Medical
Badge while serving as a grunt medic with the 1st Bn. 8th Cav.), and Ft.
Carson, CO. He continued his education while in the Army by completing
USAFI Criminology courses and completing Police Science courses at El Paso
After his military discharge, he attended and graduated from the Dade
County Public Safety Department (Florida) Police Academy Class #60 as a
certified Police Officer. He participated in ANACAPA Sciences Criminal
Intelligence Analysis Training course, the ANACAPA Sciences Analytical
Investigation Methods Course, Serial Homicides and Intelligence Gathering
Techniques School, NRA Police Firearms Training Courses, Hostage Rescue
Training Course, Chemical Test for Intoxication Workshop as training as a
DO Technician and numerous other courses to develop and maintain
proficiency. He was employed as a uniform bureau road patrol officer most
of his time in the Central District Liberty City area. He often served as
acting squad leader and as a Field Training Officer. He worked as a
detective in the General Investigations Unit. He was the Central District
Criminal Analyst for the Safe Streets Unit and regularly presented
information to the Central District Crime Watch and Citizens Advisory
Groups meetings as a liaison. He received many commendations from
citizens, supervisors and coworkers. An on the job automobile injury in
1978 in which his left knee took direct force impact from a front seat
mounted shotgun rack left him permanently disabled. He continued police
work in Dade County, Florida until his retirement in 1985 when he returned
to his family roots in Allegany County.
During retirement he enjoyed the company of family, friends and their
pets. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, genealogy, American history,
arguing politics, traveling (especially to Williamsburg), watching NFL,
college and high school football games and baking and cake decorating. He
designed, created and maintained his own website www.1stcavmedic.com which
was favorably reviewed on Tech TV. He also created, operated and
maintained his own Internet radio station, which features his favorite
60ís music and snippets from AFVN radio. He is a member of the Retired
Police Officerís Council of the Dade County Police Benevolent
Association. He is a life member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association
and the Jumping Mustangs Chapter of the 1st Cavalry Association.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years and best friend, Carol Windemuth
Dennison. He is also survived by his brother Russell (Rusty) Dennison and
his wife Debbie; by Carolís parents Kenneth and Mary Alice Windemuth;
Johnís Aunt Anna Licciardi, numerous cousins; and a special family
friend, Tony Pinardi. John was grateful for all of our neighbors and
friends who permitted us the opportunity to share time in their
childrenís lives as they grew into adulthood. John was immensely proud
of watching them become such fine adults. John is also survived by
Carolís family members, who, although not directly related to him by
blood, they were truly ďhis familyĒ in every sense of the word.
Friends will be received at the Hafer Funeral Service, PA, Chapel of the
Hills, 1302 National Hwy, LaVale on Monday evening 7-9 PM. Funeral
services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday at 1:00
P.M. Rev. Jim Kurtz, OFM, Cap officiating. Interment will follow in Rocky
Gap Veteran Cemetery, Flintstone with Military Honors being accorded by
the Combined Veteran Honor Guard.
Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to Mt. Savage Vol. Fire
Co., PO Box 533, Mt. Savage, MD 21545 OR LaVale Vol. Fire Co., 421
National Hwy., LaVale, MD 21502.