Let us face the truth that of all the diseases that you can get in this lifetime, cancer is probably one of the most frightening (if not the most) disease you can ever have. Not only because it can be very aggressive and spread to other parts of your body, it can also strike you without you knowing it. Yes, some cancers are asymptomatic until they are already in their late stages, so chances that you are aware of what you did to your body that caused cancer to develop are pretty slim. You may or may not have cosmetic surgery before or after developing cancer, and some even suggest that you can get cancer from implants and whatnot. You can check out this link to learn more. It can also disrupt your everyday lifestyle and activities, including your work. With this in mind, let us discuss different facts about disability for cancer patients and how they apply for this social security benefit.
Social Security Disability Income for cancer patients
Also known as the SSDI, this benefit is given to people who are enrolled and have paid for their social security who have been stricken with a disease that hinder them to continue working. For instance, cancer patients are entitled to this insurance benefit provided that they have applied for it and are considered disabled with the help of their supporting medical documents.
What types of cancers are covered by SSDI?
Do not get us wrong; cancer is a serious disease, but not all cancers are considered a disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of medical guidelines to figure out if your condition is eligible to be covered by SSDI. Some very aggressive cancers are already covered with just a diagnosis, like cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, brain, breast (inflammatory), liver, pancreas, small cell, or thyroid cancers. They are considered a disability upfront because their diagnosis may only be determined during the end stages, making them severely life-threatening. Surgery and aggressive treatment modalities may not be enough to eradicate the cancer cells, so patients experiencing this type of cancer would be practically disabled, not only in performing their work but also in their everyday living.
However, some types of cancer, like non-small cell lung cancer or early stages of breast cancer, can still be treated with surgery and other postsurgical modalities like radiation and chemotherapy. Patients with this type of cancers would need to present medical documents from their oncologists proving that their condition hinders them from performing even sedentary workload for them to be approved for SSDI. Approval for SSDI should be presented to employers so they can adjust to the patient’s disability d make changes in their work requirements.
Disability for cancer patients: What other cases are approved for SSDI?
To qualify for disability for cancer patients may not be as straightforward for the ones with non-aggressive cancer or those diagnosed in their early stages. Here are some other points that SSDI accepts to be situations that deem approval of disability for cancer patients:
The treatment is not successful. Your oncologist may have diagnosed you too late for the treatment to work, or early but the cancer cells are too strong that the treatment plan did not work.
The cancer has metastasized. You may have breast cancer diagnosed first, but as the biopsy from your surgery came back, it showed that the cancer cells spread to your lungs or lymph nodes. This situation gets approved for SSDI.
The treatment leaves you weak. Most patients who undergo chemotherapy and radiation after surgery feel the effects of the treatment not only killing the cancer cells but destroying healthy ones too, and this is damaging for their body. Weakness and fatigue after every treatment session may leave them with lack of energy to perform their work.