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What SSDI Benefits Are Available to Breast Cancer Patients?

Breast cancer develops in the cells of the breast, affecting both women and men. Doctors that diagnose breast cancer oftentimes begin an aggressive campaign to stop its spread, leading to those that have been diagnosed having to take time off from work and away from regular life to focus on pursuing recovery. Since someone with this illness will not be able to work as usual while undergoing their treatments, they may qualify for disability payments under Social Security to assist with their regular expenses.

How can I receive benefits for my cancer diagnosis?

There are three ways that disability benefits can be obtained once a breast cancer diagnosis has been made. Depending on the severity of the cancer and the treatments being undertaken by a doctor, there may be a few ways that someone can qualify for benefits.

Disability benefits for breast cancer can be obtained by showing qualification for:

  1. Compassionate Allowances condition. This allows the granting of benefits for serious illness with little medical evidence needed. In addition, the disability claim will be expedited. If the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, is inoperable, or unable to be completely removed, than the affected will qualify.
  2. Disability as defined in the Listing of Impairments. This is a list of medical conditions and the requirements for showing disability, which includes requirements for breast cancer. Medical evidence showing the cancer must be provided, as well as proving that the cancer has spread to the nodes of the clavicle, is spreading to distant areas, or has come back over and over.
  3. Low Residual Functional Capacity. Residual Functional Capacity determines what type of work can and cannot be done as a result of an illness. If the cancer is not advanced enough to qualify for Compassionate Allowance or general disability, then showing that someone is unable to perform any jobs with sufficient capacity can label them as disabled under the law.

Breast cancer can have serious implications for someone's ability to perform their work, and when combined with the need for aggressive and constant treatments, employment capabilities can significantly decrease.

To file a claim of disability based on a breast cancer diagnosis, it will be important to compile medical records and receive written opinions of a physician. This can help develop a strong report and ensure that you obtain the necessary benefits.