Spinal Nerve Root Cancer (Metastatic or Recurrent) 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? Spinal nerve root cancer that is metastatic or recurrent is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Spinal Nerve Root Cancer?
Spinal nerve root cancer arises in the cells of the nerve roots, often in the lumbar spine. The symptoms of a spinal nerve root tumor derive from compression of the nerve tissue and surrounding structures of the spinal cord. Some spinal nerve root tumors can be surgically removed, but in many cases, the location of the tumor and the extent of primary and peripheral nerve involvement prevents surgical removal of the whole tumor. In such cases, corticosteroids, chemotherapy, and radiation may also be used in treatment. The prognosis for affected individuals depends upon the size and location of the tumor, as well as whether or not it has recurred and/or metastasized.
Spinal Nerve Root Cancer Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of spinal nerve root cancer include:
- Back pain in the middle or lower back
- Loss of sensation
- Muscle weakness in the arms, legs, and chest
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of bowel or bladder function
- Erectile dysfunction
- Scoliosis and/or other spinal deformities
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 Spinal Nerve Root Cancer
Metastatic or recurrent spinal nerve root 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 or recurrent spinal nerve root 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 or recurrent spinal nerve root 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.