Q I was recently diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia. I understand that the treatment can take a long time and am wondering about applying for Social Security disability benefits. What can I expect in the treatment, and should I apply now?
As New England Social Security disability specialists, we always urge our clients to begin the application process as soon as they possibly can. Approval can take months, and many initial claims are denied the first time around.
You are correct in assuming that the treatment for your leukemia can be lengthy. If you are in early-stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia, you might not begin treatment for a while. Your doctors will closely monitor you for signs of progression of the disease.
However, if you have reached the intermediate or advanced stages, your treatment will probably be immediate and aggressive. Most patients with leukemia will be given chemotherapy, which can be debilitating during its course.
In addition, you may be treated with radiation therapy, targeted therapy, biological therapy, and even a stem cell transplant. Each, of course, has its own timeline and recovery period.
While some patients continue treatment indefinitely, some receive the “all clear” to go back to work at the end of the treatment period. Either way, months and even sometimes years will pass as the leukemia battle is waged and you will be unable to work.
For these reasons, we urge you to start educating yourself now about your disease and the possible outcomes. We also suggest that you begin the SSA disability application process now.
Keefe Disability Law has helped many people with their New England SSA disability applications and appeals. Give us a call toll free at 888-904-6847 to discuss your options. We also offer a free report, “The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability.” Order yours today by clicking the sidebar link on this page.