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Lymphoma, Hodgkin's and Non Hodgkin's. My Hodgkin's disease has recurred. Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

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Alison Rodin
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According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program "Listing of Impairments," lymphoma cancers may qualify you for disability benefits. While the SSA provides information about this on their website, it is sometimes confusing.

Basically, both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas qualify you for disability if certain medical factors exist. For non-Hodgkin's these include aggressive lymphomas that persist or return after treatment.

If Hodgkin's disease fails to achieve remission or recurs within 12 months of the end of therapy, it also may qualify. Finally, if bone marrow or stem cell transplantation is used as a treatment, the lymphoma is considered a disability until "at least 12 months from the date of transplantation."

Even if you dod not meet the criteria fro Social Security's "Listing", you may qualify for disability benefits based on your symptoms and the side effects of medications.

Social Security needs the following medical evidence to evaluate your claim based on lymphoma:

  • Evidence of the type, extent and site of the lesion
  • Copies of reports on biopsy or needle aspirations
  • Sometimes evidence about recurrence, persistence or progression of the malignancy

You may want additional information about Social Security's program for providing disability benefits to those who suffer from lymphoma.  You can apply for Social Security disability online, and process your own case. However, if you have questions about lymphoma and Social Security disability, give us a call.  Toll free at 888-904-6847. 

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