Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)
Serving the Western United States
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? Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is GBM?
GBM is a malignant and aggressive brain tumor. It is the most common form of primary glial brain tumor in adults. It is a tumor that develops from astrocytes, which are star-‐shaped glial cells (regulatory cells of the central nervous system that serve a number of critical functions, such as the nourishment, oxygenation, and insulation of nerve cells.) In adults, GBM usually occurs in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. It is a fast-‐growing, invasive tumor and the prognosis for those diagnosed with GBM is poor. Treatment can include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but most affected individuals die within one year.
Some of the symptoms of GBM include:
- Persistent headache
- Double vision
- Loss of appetite
- Mood and personality changes
- Impaired ability to think and learn
- Gradual-onset difficulty with speech
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 GBM
GBM disease automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with GBM, 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 GBM, 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.