Small Intestine 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? Metastatic, inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent small intestine cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Small Intestine Cancer?
The small intestine links the stomach to the large intestine. Its primary function is to break down food and nutrients so the body can absorb and use them. Between 15 and 20 feet long, the small intestine accounts for ¾ of the digestive system. There are 5 types of small intestine cancer: adenocarcinoma (begins in the glandular cells of the small bowel), sarcoma (begins in the organ tissue), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (begins in the walls of the GI tract), carcinoid tumor (begins in hormone-secreting cells), and lymphoma (begins in the lymph system). Surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation are the standard treatments for small intestine cancer. The prognosis for affected individuals is generally poor, but depends on the extent of the cancer and whether or not it has metastasized and/or recurred.
Small Intestine Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of small intestine cancer include:
- Abdominal pain
- A lump in the abdomen
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bloody stools
- Iron deficiency
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 Small Intestine Cancer
Small intestine cancer that is metastatic, 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 small intestine 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, inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent small intestine 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.