The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Lawyers for Social Security are here to help and support you during this time.
The term “cancer” represents more than 100 diseases and is broadly defined as potentially unlimited growth of cells. Abnormal cells that grow out of control and are left untreated can result in death. The body is made up of millions of cells, most of which grow, divide, and die normally. When a person is affected by cancer, the cells do not divide and die, they continue to grow and move into tissue areas.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer cells result from damaged DNA. Damaged DNA can be inherited or result from outside environmental factors. In many, but not all, cases these abnormal cells, or cancer cells, form tumors, which spread and begin to replace the tissue they invade. Regardless of where cancer cells spread, they are named for the area where they originated.
Types of Cancers That Qualify for SSD
Various types of cancers are considered disabling conditions by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. Because there are so many types of cancers, some cancers are considered to be compassionate allowances—or quickly identifiable diseases that clearly qualify for SSD benefits.
Getting SSD Benefits for Cancer
Cancer can cause symptoms ranging from severe pain and weakness to physical disability and even death. If you have cancer, you may be unable to work due to symptoms of the disease or your medical treatment schedule. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know how cancer affects your ability to provide for your family—and that’s why we want to help you get benefits.
It’s our goal to build a strong claim for you and maximize your chances of getting approved by the SSA, so you can pay your medical bills and living expenses. You don’t owe us unless we get the benefits you deserve. Contact our Social Security Disability lawyers at (800) 477-7315 today—you have nothing to lose.