Esophageal Cancer and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Esophageal cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Esophageal Cancer?
Esophageal cancer is a malignant tumor of the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. There are two varieties of esophageal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in the flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in the cells that secrete mucus and other fluids). Squamous cell esophageal cancer is associated with smoking and alcohol consumption. Esophageal cancer occurs most often in men over 50 and is almost always fatal once it has spread to other areas of the body. If the cancer remains localized to the esophagus, however, surgery or radiation therapy may improve an individual’s chances of survival.
Esophageal Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
- Involuntary regurgitation of food
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vomiting blood
- Weight loss
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal cancer automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with esophageal cancer, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.