This post discusses Social Security Disability for Metastasis. If your doctor has informed you that your cancer has metastasized read on for how SSA will evaluate your claim for disability benefits. (Also read Cancer and Social Security Disability)
Cancer has many forms but usually is found in a specific place in the body when initially diagnosed (breast cancer, prostate cancer, bone cancer, etc). Metastasis occurs when your cancer spreads from the place where it started to another place in the body. Unfortunately, virtually all cancers can form metastatic tumors. The most common sites of cancer metastasis are the bone, liver and lung. Treatment for metastasis can include chemotherapy, biological therapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, radiation or a combination of these. The size, location, and number of metastatic tumors will affect treatment. Via National Cancer Institute
In my clients with metastasis, treatment can prove to be quite difficult. Most of the treatments available for cancer can weaken the body and cause severe side effects. This is especially difficult when the cancer is in more than one area of the body. The choice to continue treatment to try to rid the body of cancer or simply preserving the remaining quality of life is difficult to make.
The Social Security Administration can evaluate metastasis as a Compassionate Allowance. In summary, Compassionate Allowances are how Social Security quickly identifies claimants that qualify under the Listings. The Listings are a list of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration can use to find you disabled. For example, breast cancer with distant metastases that is inoperable or unresectable is classified as a Compassionate Allowance.
A diagnosis of cancer alone may not qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. SSA does have a duration requirement of 12 months or the condition must be expected to result in death. Today, many forms of cancer can be treated and be in remission within 12 months. That being said, no one knows the future. If you are unable to work, you should apply for disability as soon as possible. In addition, if your doctors have told you that your cancer has metastasized, you should apply for Social Security Disability immediately.
The Bishop Law Firm represents Social Security Disability clients in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation!