This post discusses Cancer and Social Security Disability. A diagnosis of cancer is scary but there have been advancements in treatment. Many people diagnosed with cancer receive treatment and go on to live long lives.  For a discussion of specific types of cancer look here.

In general, the treatment for cancer involves medication, resection, radiation or chemotherapy.  The side effects from these treatments may alone be enough to make you disabled.

In order to be found disabled by the Social Security Administration, it must be shown that you are unable to work because of an illness which is expected to result in death OR which has or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. This is important news for cancer patients because it is possible that your cancer can be treated and in remission within less than a 12 month period.

Unfortunately, not everyone with cancer will be better within 12 months. Some forms of cancer are listed as compassionate allowances by the Social Security Administration. Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly. To see if your form of cancer is on the compassionate allowance list look here.

Another place that the Social Security Administration discusses cancer is found here, 13.00-Malignant Neoplastic Diseases. This listing covers different parts of the human body but three words are recurrent in this listing: inoperable, unresectable and metastases, none of which a cancer patient wants to hear. If your doctor has told you any of these apply to your cancer, you should apply for benefits as soon as possible. 

No one knows what tomorrow will bring. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to work, apply for disability benefits as soon as possible. Delay may cause you to lose benefits.