How Severe Does My Cancer Have to be to Get Disability Benefits?

How Severe Does My Cancer Have to be to Get Disability Benefits?

Disability for Cancer Patients | Eligibility Questions
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Being diagnosed with cancer is a terrifying experience. However, just because you find out you have cancer does not mean that you will automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 200 types of cancer, many of which are non-invasive and treatable.

Although every type of cancer is considered disabling as a result of the physical and psychological effects the disease can have on a patient, you may still be able to work – and depending on the treatment, you may not experience symptoms for very long, which means you may not qualify for disability benefits. The following are some of the things that you will want to know about Social Security disability for cancer patients.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients often go through radiation treatment, chemotherapy or biological treatment in an attempt to stop the disease. These treatments cause side effects that can make it physically difficult to work. Many cancer patients also experience residual effects after treatment.

According to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in 2014, a one-month supply of cancer drugs cost as much as $10,000. Because treatment can be expensive, Social Security disability benefits can be incredibly helpful. However, even with an official cancer diagnosis, you may not necessarily qualify for disability benefits. This can occur if you do not meet the Social Security Administration’s requirements. The biggest requirement you must meet includes the inability to work, or the inability to work for at least a year.

Four Diagnosis Factors Considered

Depending on the type of cancer you have and the type of treatment you have to undergo, you may still be able to work. If treatment within a year of your diagnosis worked, you may also not qualify. When it comes down to it, the Social Security Administration will look at four factors when going through your diagnosis. These factors include:

  • The type of cancer – The type of cancer, including where it’s located, factors into how debilitating it is. For example, lung cancer is especially debilitating because it affects your ability to breathe, making physical labor difficult.
  • The stage of cancer – The more present the cancer is, the more likely you are to qualify for benefits.
  • The response to treatment – If your cancer does not respond well to treatment or will take a long time to heal as a result of your type of cancer, the SSA may accept your application more easily.
  • Post-therapeutic residual effects – The worse your side-effects are, the more likely you are to qualify.

Compassionate Allowance for Cancer Patients

If your cancer is extremely serious, then you may qualify for Compassionate Allowance. Because the disability benefits approval process can take a long time, the Social Security Administration implemented the Compassionate Allowance program to fast-track serious cases. This way, you won’t have to wait long to get money for treatment and recover. Additionally, if your terminal cancer meets the requirement of their terminal illness program, your claim will end up automatically expedited.

Social Security disability for cancer patients depends on a number of factors. But generally, the more serious the case, the more likely you are to qualify. To schedule a free consultation regarding Social Security disability for cancer patients, you can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 602-952-3200. Additionally, feel free to fill out our contact form and get in touch with us via our LiveChat feature.

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