Including: breast cancer, skin cancer, leukemia, brain tumor, cervical cancer, colon cancer, esophogal cance, eye cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, bone cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, leukemia, and other forms of cancer
In order to be granted Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, the cancer must be affecting the claimant to the point that he or she would not be able to do any kind of work. Consider if there are any jobs that this person could reasonably take on without needing additional help or special treatment from the employer. Generally, with cancer, this means an extended period of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. In many cases of cancer, a person will respond well to chemotherapy and be able to return to work before 12 months. You must be unable to work for more than 12 months to qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI. If you are unsure, it is always best to put in an application. Cancer can be very unpredictable. Remember, it will normally take over a year to start receiving disability benefits.
If your cancer has spread into other areas of your body you have a higher chance of being granted disability. The amount of medication administered, if there has been surgery, the number of surgeries, and the effects of the medication on your body are factors in a finding of disability. Cancer that is in remission would generally not qualify you for disability.
As with any disability, your chances of being granted increase if you have consistent medical records of your condition. If you have not seen any doctors within a few months of your application, you may be sent to a doctor who will evaluate your condition. It is best to have your own doctor.
If you are not sure whether or not your claim would qualify for benefits, give us a call. It is always best to get an application in if you are unsure. Some people wait so long that they lose their eligibility for Social Security, and many lose months of benefits for waiting to apply.
The medical listings that describe the criteria for Cancer are; 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases – Adult.