Having a diagnosis of cancer and going through chemotherapy and/or radiation doesn't guarantee you'll be approved for Social Security disability benefits by any means. Social Security will look at the type of cancer, whether the cancer has spread, your prognosis, and whether your inability to work is likely to last a year. Social Security also considers what side effects the treatment has on your functioning. Certain cancers, on the other hand, almost guarantee an expedited approval of benefits becase of their poor prognosis.
Disability Benefits for Colon or Rectal Cancer
Social Security has specific criteria you must meet for your colon cancer to qualify for benefits.
Disability Benefits for Kidney Cancer
If your kidney cancer is in its advanced stages, you will automatically qualify for benefits.
SSDI Benefits for Breast Cancer Patients
To qualify for SSDI benefits or SSI based on breast cancer, you must be unable to work and your breast cancer must have lasted for one year or more -- or be expected to last a year or more.
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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability
Nolo's disability book, written by a doctor and former chief medical consultant for Social Security, explains how Social Security makes disability determinations for cancer patients.
Getting Disability Benefits for Cancer
A diagnosis of cancer often causes a great deal of fear in affected patients and their families, but whether a patient will qualify for Social Security disability benefits depends on how the diseas
Social Security Disability Process for Cancer Patients
Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits for cancer can be straightforward for some aggressive cancers (such as pancreatic, liver, thyroid, mesothelioma, and esophageal cancers), but for others, you'll need to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with convincing evidence to show