You recently received a cancer diagnosis. You may feeling a lot of emotions right now; fear, uncertainty, frustration. All of this is completely normal and understandable. You may also be wondering if you can get disability for cancer?
First, you MUST file a claim. Nothing happens until you file. You have a choice; file on your own or let an experienced attorney help you. Proper medical records are essential to winning your case. You need to obtain and file objective test results. And your cancer must be on SSA’s official list.
The SSA’s official list consists of 29 different cancers that can be disabling and therefore qualify you for disability benefits. Some types of cancers are obvious causes of extreme physical impairment such as cancers that require bone marrow transplants or malignant melanomas. Others can be more problematic for qualification. For example, the requirement to meet a Listing for cancers of the female genital tract and male reproductive tracts are very specific. Meeting a Listing for lung cancer tends to key on a diagnosis of non-small cell carcinoma that is unresectable or untreatable, or has grown beyond the hilar nodes; or simply a confirmed diagnosis of oat cell carcinoma.
Keep in mind that you will also need a confirmed diagnosis from an appropriate medical specialist. Medical records that document not just the diagnosis, but BOTH the treatment as well as your response to the treatment will also be necessary. It is best to submit all this quickly and all at the same time.
Can you get disability for breast cancer?
Can you get disability for breast cancer? The answer is: it depends on which type of breast cancer you have.