Small Cell Lung 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? Small cell lung cancer is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Small Cell Lung Cancer?
Small cell lung cancer is the most aggressive form of lung cancer. Typically, it originates in the center of the chest in the breathing tubes. The small cancer cells grow quickly and create large tumors that can metastasize to other areas of the body including the brain, liver, and bones. There are two types of small cell lung cancer: small cell carcinoma (also called oat cell cancer because of the oat-like appearance of the cancer cells when viewed under a microscope), and combined small cell carcinoma. Small cell lung cancer is slightly more common in men than in women and almost exclusively affects cigarette smokers. This is a deadly cancer; the prognosis for affected individuals depends upon whether or not the cancer has metastasized, and if so, to what extent.
Small Cell Lung Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of small cell lung cancer include:
- Chest pain
- Bloody sputum
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Facial swelling
- Hoarseness and/or changes in voice
- Difficulty swallowing
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 Cell Lung Cancer
Small cell lung 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 small cell lung 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 small cell lung 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.