Peripheral Nerve Cancer (Metastatic or Recurrent) and Social Security Disability
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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? Metastatic or recurrent peripheral nerve cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Peripheral Nerve Cancer?
The peripheral nervous system is a network of 43 pairs of motor and sensory nerves that transmit electrochemical impulses from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The peripheral nervous system controls sensation, movement, and motor coordination. Peripheral nerve cancer forms in the cells of the peripheral nervous system. There are three types of peripheral nerve tumors: neurofibromas, schwannomas, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. A malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor is a highly aggressive, soft tissue sarcoma that often forms in the deep, soft tissue along the sciatic nerves, the nerves that run from the neck to the arms, or within the pelvis. However, peripheral nerve tumor can form anywhere in the body. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are used to treat peripheral nerve cancer, which generally occurs in adults between the ages of 20 and 50. The prognosis for affected individuals depends upon the location and extent of the tumor, and whether or not it has recurred and/or metastasized.
Peripheral Nerve Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of peripheral nerve cancer include:
- Thickening of muscle fibers
- A sensation of numbness, burning or “pins and needles”
- Muscle weakness
- Neurological deficits
- Loss of balance
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 Peripheral Nerve Cancer
Metastatic or recurrent peripheral nerve 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 metastatic or recurrent peripheral nerve 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 metastatic or recurrent peripheral nerve 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.