Social Security disability benefits are available for cancer patients. The SSA offers two different programs that those with cancer can possibly qualify for. For more aggressive cancers, the qualifications may be more straightforward.
There are more than 200 types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society, and about 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Some forms of cancer are non-invasive and easily treatable. Others are aggressive, spread quickly, and must be addressed with equally aggressive treatment methods.
While cancer is a disability regardless of how long it puts you out of work, only some cancer patients will qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is because Social Security disability eligibility requires you have a terminal illness or a disability that has or will prevent you from working for at least 12 months. If you are able to qualify though, disability benefits can help you meet your everyday living expenses as well as cover medical bills, prescription costs, and other healthcare expenses.
Many forms of cancer are recognized by the Social Security Administration to result in a disability including:
- Soft tissue cancers of head\neck
- Sarcoma (soft tissue and skeletal)
- Multiple myeloma
- Thyroid gland
- Liver, gallbladder, pancreas and kidneys
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