Stomach 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 stomach cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Stomach Cancer?
Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, originates in the lining of the stomach. There are several types of stomach cancer, classified based on where they begin. Adenocarcinomas begin in the glandular tissue of the stomach; they are the most common type of gastric tumor. Other types include lymphomas, which involve the lymphatic system, and sarcomas, which originate in the stomach’s connective tissues, such as muscle, fat, and blood vessels. A number of risk factors increase an individual’s risk of developing stomach cancer. These risk factors include age, sex, race, family history, lifestyle, preexisting medical conditions, and work-related exposure to substances such as asbestos, nickel, coal, and rubber. Because in its early stages stomach cancer produces very few alarming symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed until its later stages, at which point the prognosis is poor.
Stomach Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of stomach cancer include:
- Abdominal pain or fullness
- Bloody stools
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excessive belching
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Vomiting, which may contain blood
- General malaise
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 Stomach Cancer
Metastatic, inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent stomach 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, inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent stomach 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 stomach 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.