Cancer is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, the SSA evaluates each case individually to determine whether or not the effects of the cancer or the cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) would preclude you from doing any kind of work for a period of at least twelve months.
In the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual (also known as the Blue Book), The Social Security Administration classifies cancer as a Malignant Neoplastic Disease. When evaluating individual cases, they consider a number of factors including:
- Origin of the malignancy.
- Extent of involvement.
- Duration, frequency, and response to antineoplastic therapy. Antineoplastic therapy means surgery, irradiation, chemotherapy, hormones, immunotherapy, or bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. When they refer to surgery as an antineoplastic treatment, they mean surgical excision for treatment, not for diagnostic purposes.
- Effects of any post-therapeutic residuals.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling social security disability claims related to cancer. We have experience in cases including but not limited to leukemia, bone cancer, breast cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, lymphoma, and more. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today at 800-608-8881.