Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) 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? Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has metastasized to or beyond the hilar nodes, is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent, is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is NSCLC?
NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for between 85 and 90% of all lung cancers. There are three types of non-small cell lung cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma, so named for the characteristics and appearance of the cancer cells when viewed under a microscope. Squamous cell carcinomas begin in the flat cells that line the inside of the airways; these cancers usually occur in the center of the lung. Adenocarcinomas begin in the cells that secrete mucous and other substances; these cancers usually occur in the outer part of the lungs. Large cell carcinomas are especially aggressive cancers that can occur in any part of the lung. While non-small cell lung cancer can occur in anyone, smokers are at much greater risk of developing it.
Some of the symptoms of NSCLC include:
- Chest pain
- Persistent cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Bone pain
- Droopy eyelids
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty swallowing
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 NSCLC
NSCLC that has metastasized to or beyond the hilar nodes, is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent, qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with metastatic, inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent NSCLC, 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 NSCLC that has metastasized to or beyond the hilar nodes is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent, 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.