Malignant neoplastic diseases is a fancy way to describe cancers of all types and closely related diseases. Cancers are obviously devastating, and, often, the treatment can be as bad as the disease itself. Because of this, most types of cancer come with an automatic diagnosis of disability for a certain length of time after full remission. You still have to document your cancer and cancer treatments medically, but there is less need for some of the secondary paperwork that supports your disability.
Many cancers also make you eligible for compassionate allowances.
Listed Cancer Types
The Social Security Administration (SSA) specifically lists 27 types of cancer:
- Soft tissue tumors of the neck or head
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Salivary glands
- Thyroid gland
- Skeletal system
- Temporal fossa, orbit, or maxilla
- Nervous system
- Mediastinum or pleura
- Stomach or esophagus
- Small intestines
- Large intestines
- Gall bladder or liver
- Adrenal glands, kidneys, ureters
- Urinary bladder
- Genital tract (female)
- Prostate gland
- Unknown original site
- Diseases treated by stem cell transplantation or bone marrow transplantation
Although these cancers can be very different from one another, they have many similarities when it comes to the documentation the SSA requires. The determinations are also similar for other types of cancer that are not listed. They are just compared with the listed cancers for severity.
Medical documentation is of the utmost importance when seeking SSDI for cancers. You must turn in medical evidence that includes:
- Type of cancer
- Extent of cancer
- Site of primary, recurrent, or metastatic lesion (a cancer is said to metastasize when it spreads to other parts of the body)
- Operative note and pathology report for surgical procedures
- Recurrence, persistence, progression, response to therapy, and residual cancer information in some cases
The last item is only necessary for some types of malignancy that meet disability criteria only if treatment fails. In that case, you will be asked to document not only your therapy and its effects on cancer, but how therapy affects you.
When You Need Longitudinal Documentation
For most types of disability, it’s a given that you need to have documentation over an extended period of time, known as longitudinal documentation. For cancers, this is not always necessary. However, it is necessary when:
- Your cancer is a type that tends to respond well to treatment
- Your cancer is localized
- You have only one type of therapy and it requires 3 months or more to be effective
In general, when you need longitudinal records, 3 months is sufficient documentation of your cancer and treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and think you may qualify for disability, please contact us today for a free eligibility evaluation.
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