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:
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.
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.
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.