Thyroid Cancer 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? Thyroid cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Thyroid Cancer?
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in the front of the lower portion of the neck. It produces hormones that help the body use energy and function normally. Thyroid cancer develops when a cancerous change in the thyroid cells causes unchecked cellular proliferation. There are several types of thyroid cancer. Anaplastic carcinoma is rare and aggressive; it is the most dangerous form of thyroid cancer. Follicular carcinoma has a high incidence of recurrence and metastasis. Medullary carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates in non-thyroid cells that are nonetheless normally present in the thyroid gland; it is frequently passed down through families. Papillary carcinoma is the most common type of thyroid cancer; it spreads slowly and is very treatable. The prognosis for those diagnosed with thyroid cancer depends upon the type of cancer and whether or not it has recurred and/or metastasized, as well as the age and overall health of the individual. Some combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy is the standard treatment for thyroid cancer.
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of thyroid cancer include:
- Cough and/or wheezing
- Trouble swallowing
- Enlargement of the thyroid gland
- Hoarseness or changes in voice
- Neck swelling and/or pain
- Ear pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Thyroid lump
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 Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid 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 thyroid 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 thyroid 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.