The Social Security Administration is charged with the task of determining when an individual’s medical condition is disabling and qualifies that individual for Social Security Neoplastic Disease and Cancer and Social Security Benefits disability benefits. The agency has developed a Listing of Impairments to help evaluate certain medical conditions according to objective criteria. If the criteria in a specific listing are met, then the individual applicant may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If the criteria are not met, then the evaluation of the applicant’s disability will continue.

Each category in the Listing of Impairments represents common inflictions having to do with specific parts of the body. One of these categories includes tumors, cancers, and neoplastic diseases (abnormal masses).

Cancers and Neoplastic Diseases Included in the Listing of Impairments

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 high. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes cancer and other forms of neoplastic diseases to be debilitating enough to warrant disability benefits. 

Specifically, the following types of cancer and cancer-related conditions are included in Section 13.00 of the Listing of Impairments:

  • Soft tissue cancer of the head or neck (Section 13.02).

  • Skin cancer (Section 13.03).

  • Soft tissue sarcoma (Section 13.04).

  • Lymphoma (Section 13.05). This includes non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Leukemia (Section 13.06). This includes acute leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia.

  • Multiple myeloma (Section 13.07).

  • Cancer of the salivary glands (Section 13.08).

  • Thyroid cancer (Section 13.09).

  • Breast cancer (Section 13.10).

  • Bone cancer or cancer of the skeletal system (Section 13.11).

  • Cancer of the maxilla, orbit, or temporal fossa (Section 13.12).

  • Cancer of the nervous system (Section 13.13). This includes brain and spinal cord cancers.

  • Lung cancer (Section 13.14).

  • Cancer of the pleura or mediastinum (Section 13.15).

  • Esophageal cancer or stomach cancer (Section 13.16).

  • Cancer of the small intestine (Section 13.17).

  • Cancer of the large intestine (Section 13.18).

  • Liver cancer or gallbladder cancer (Section 13.19).

  • Pancreatic cancer (Section 13.20).

  • Kidney cancer, adrenal gland cancer, or ureteral cancer (Section 13.21).

  • Urinary bladder cancer (Section 13.22).

  • Cancer of the female genital tract (Section 13.23). This includes uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, or cancer in the vulva, vagina, or fallopian tubes.

  • Prostate cancer (Section 13.24).

  • Testicular cancer (Section 13.25).

  • Penile cancer (Section 13.26).

  • Cancer where the primary site of the cancer is unknown (Section 13.27).

  • Cancer that is treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation (Section 13.28).

  • Malignant melanoma (Section 13.29).

Regardless of your specific medical condition, you are going to have to submit a complete application, an accurate medical record, and compelling information to the SSA in order to get your application approved. Every application—regardless of the condition—is considered on an individual basis.

Strengthening Your Claim to Get the Benefits You Deserve

The American Cancer Society estimates that there are currently 15.5 million people in the United States who are living with cancer or who have had cancer in the past. Also, that 1,735,350 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States during 2018. If you are one of these people, then you may benefit from Social Security disability benefits—if you qualify for such benefits and if your application is approved.

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 will fight to make sure you get what you deserve so that you can receive the monthly Social Security disability benefits that you have earned.

Contact us today via this website or by phone to get the helping hand you need to strengthen your claim and to ensure your receipt of fair benefits. The consultation with our experienced Social Security disability lawyers is free, but having the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are in good hands and that your legal rights are protected is priceless.

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John L. Keefe
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