Pancreatic 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? Pancreatic cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Pancreatic Cancer?
Pancreatic cancer originates in the pancreas; pancreatic tumors are either adenocarcinomas, which begin in glandular tissue, or islet tumors, which begin in hormone-producing pancreatic cells called islet cells. People with diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and those who smoke are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. The risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age, and it is slightly more common in women than in men. Because pancreatic tumors can grow without producing symptoms, they sometimes go undiagnosed until their later stages. The prognosis for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is generally poor, but ultimately depends upon the stage and extent of the disease. Surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy are the available treatments.
Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Fatigue and weakness
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained back pain
- Blood clots
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 Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic 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 pancreatic 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.