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Common Neoplastic Diseases That Warrant Disability Coverage: Should You Apply?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for determining whether a claimant’s ailment qualifies for disability benefits under the government’s requirements. Qualification depends on several key factors, including severity and how it affects your ability to do your job. Basically, the SSA investigates your claim and determines if you need supplemental income benefits as a result of being unable to physically support yourself and family, or:

  • You are unable to perform the work that you did before the issue
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s)
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death

Considering how many different types of ailments, disorders, and diseases have the potential to keep someone from being able to work, the SSA utilizes a disability guidebook to help them decide which disorders qualify and which don’t. This guidebook is known as the SSA Listing of Impairments, or Blue Book.

The blue book contains a list of 14 categories of ailments that have previously been determined to qualify for disability. This allows the SSA panel to compare applicants’ disabilities with ones that have been approved, and omit individual (and lengthy) investigations into each and every claim. Each category represents common inflictions having to do with specific parts of the body. One of these categories includes tumors, cancers, and neoplastic diseases (abnormal masses).

Blue Book Cancers and Neoplastic Diseases

A neoplastic disease is any type of disorder that causes abnormal tissue buildup in the body, resulting in tumors, masses, and cysts. Although these masses can be benign, the risks of malignancy are alarmingly high. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are currently 14 million people in the U.S. who are living with some sort of cancer and within the next year an additional 1.5 million will be diagnosed. Considering the degenerative aspects of cancer, as well as the mortality rates of those inflicted, the SSA recognizes cancer and other forms of neoplastic diseases to be debilitating enough to warrant disability.  

The blue book addresses all forms of neoplastic diseases that cause or affect the following:

  • Soft tissue tumors and sarcomas
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Skeletal system sarcomas
  • Urinary and prostate gland carcinomas
  • Carcinomas, tumors, or sarcomas affecting the:


        Head                            Neck                    Skin                     Salivary glands

        Thyroid                         Breast                  Lungs                  Nervous system

        Intestines                     Esophagus           Stomach              Pancreas

        Kidneys                        Penis                   Testicles              Female genitalia

Strengthening Your Claim to Avoid Rejection

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or a malignant neoplastic disease, you deserve the freedom to live the rest of your life without worrying about how you’ll support your family. We know what makes a strong disability claim and we won’t let you waste your time by filing incomplete records, or allow you to be denied because of an oversight. We’ll fight to make sure you get what you deserve.

Contact us today to get the helping hand you need to strengthen your claim and ensure proper benefits. The consultation is free, but having the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in good hands is priceless. Call now!

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John L. Keefe
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