Metastatic Medulloblastoma 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 medulloblastoma is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Medulloblastoma?
A medulloblastoma is a fast-growing brain tumor that occurs in the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for balance and other motor functions. It is a tumor that arises from immature brain cells in the early stages of cellular development. These malignant cells grow uncontrollably and form a cancerous mass in the cerebellum. Although it is rare, medulloblastomas can metastasize to the spinal cord and affect nervous system and other parts of the body. Medulloblastomas most commonly occur in children, though they can affect adults as well; however, the incidence in adults decreases markedly after the age of 45. What causes these tumors is still unclear. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are among the treatment options available; the prognosis for affected individuals depends upon the age and overall health of the individual, the size of the tumor, and the degree of metastasis.
Metastatic Medulloblastoma Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of metastatic medulloblastoma include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Problems with motor skills
- Neck tilt
- Double vision
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Weakness in the lower extremities
- Back pain
- Bowel and bladder control issues
- Difficulty walking
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 Metastatic Medulloblastoma
Metastatic medulloblastoma automatically 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 medulloblastoma, 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 medulloblastoma, 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.