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Seeking disability benefits after a cancer diagnosis

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2018 | Social Security Disability Benefits For Illness

Cancer is a devastating disease that touches millions of lives each year. Whether through a personal diagnosis or experiencing cancer treatment with a loved one, it is likely that readers of this Oklahoma disability benefits blog have some exposure to the challenges a cancer diagnosis imposes on a person’s life.

As readers probably also know, not every cancer is the same. The type of cancer, where it is located in the body, if it has spread and how it is graded can all affect the form of treatment the patient will have to undergo, as well as the limitations that they may experience due to their condition. Some cancers may be eradicated quickly with minimal impact on the patients’ lives, while others may require months, if not years, of treatment to offer patients a chance at survival.

To this end, in some cases, a person’s cancer diagnosis may avail them to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration’s blue book identifies specific types of cancers that are considered disabling, as well as the types of evidence and documentation that may need to be provided by a patient to prove that they are eligible for benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

A person who is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer may have to give up everything just to fight for their survival. Their medical condition may prevent them from working due to the symptoms the disease imposes on them, and for those caught in this devastating situation help may be available through disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.