Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) 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? Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is IBC?
IBC is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in which cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the breast tissue; as a result of the blockages, the breast appears red and inflamed. IBC is a cancer that usually begins in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast and quickly spreads beyond those ducts. Many IBC tumors are stage III or IV when they are diagnosed; the stage is determined by whether or not the cancer has metastasized beyond the nearby lymph nodes to other areas of the body. IBC progresses rapidly and the prognosis for those diagnosed with it depends on the stage of the tumor and the overall health of the individual. Multimodal treatment (a combination of different therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery) often yields better results than treatment with a single type of therapy. IBC can occur in both women and men.
Some of the symptoms of IBC include:
- Red, swollen breast tissue
- Thickened, pitted consistency to breast skin
- Rapid increase in breast size
- Sensations of burning, tenderness, or heaviness in the breast
- Inverted nipple
- Swollen lymph nodes
- 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 IBC
IBC automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with IBC, 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 IBC, 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.