If you have been diagnosed with CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma, you may qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowance Program. The Compassionate Allowance Program is used by the SSA to quickly identify severe medical conditions that would normally meet the SSA’s requirements for eligibility for disability benefits.
The medical conditions most often identified as Compassionate Allowances include certain types of cancers, adult brain disorders and several of the rarer medical disorders that affect children. Using compassionate allowances helps the SSA reduce the wait time for the claimant when arriving at a disability benefits decision.
What is CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma?
CIC-rearranged sarcoma are small round-cell tumors. Even though CIC-rearranged sarcoma tumors are genetically distinct and, on average, more metastatically aggressive compared to Ewing sarcomas, CIC-rearranged sarcoma tumors still fall under the group of cancers called the Ewing sarcoma.
CIC-rearranged sarcoma tumors usually occur in soft tissue or visceral organs but have also been seen in small amounts in the bone of the victims. Metastasis is early and rapid and most commonly occurs in the lungs and brain and affects males more often than females.
What is a Compassionate Allowance?
The Compassionate Allowances Program identifies disability applicants’ claims in cases where their medical condition clearly meets the SSA’s standard for a disability. These medical conditions, which qualify under compassionate allowances, are updated from time to time through information gathered from various sources such as the public, the Social Security and Disability Determination Service communities, medical and scientific experts, and research gathered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
There are several medical conditions that commonly meet the SSA’s requirements for Social Security disability benefits (SSD) and helps reduce wait time for applicants. Some of these conditions include:
- Acute Leukemia;
- CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma;
- Adrenal Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent;
- Bladder Cancer - with distant metastases or inoperable or unresectable;
- Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm;
- Child Lymphoblastic Lymphoma;
- Child Lymphoma;
- Child Neuroblastoma - with distant metastases or recurrent;
- Corticobasal Degeneration;
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult;
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy- Adult;
- Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease;
- Ewing Sarcoma;
- Gallbladder Cancer;
- Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer);
- GM1 Gangliosidosis - Infantile and Juvenile Forms;
- Head and Neck Cancers - with distant metastasis or inoperable or unresectable;
- Heart Transplant Graft Failure;
- Liver Cancer;
- Skin Malignant Melanoma with Metastases;
- Thyroid Cancer.
CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma can qualify for disability as a Compassionate Allowance if it meets the requirements in section 13.04A or 13.04B of the SSA’s Blue Book which is the resource the SSA uses to explain what conditions qualify for SSD.
Medical Evidence for CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma
There are specific diagnostic tests for CIC-rearranged sarcoma which include:
- the results of X-rays;
- taking a biopsy;
- using a CT scan;
- conducting an MRI;
- PET scan.
To be sure a diagnosis is correct, genetic testing is needed to eliminate a diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma and any other round-cell sarcomas.
There are also physical symptoms that determine a CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma diagnosis. These symptoms may include:
- pain and swelling at the site of the tumor;
- necrosis and hemorrhaging in surrounding tissue;
- the presence of a fever;
- the presence of cyst-like growths with visible blood vessels over the tumor.
CIC-rearranged sarcoma may develop and spread quite aggressively, and if the CIC-rearranged tumors have metastasized, the victim may have less than 2 years left to live. However, for localized tumors that can be fully resected, there could be a survival rate of 5 years for about 50% of CIC-rearranged sarcoma’s victims.
Get Help with Your CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma Claim
Providing accurate evidence of a CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma diagnosis is essential in helping you qualify for the CIC-Rearranged Sarcoma disability benefits through the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program. However, providing compelling evidence is harder than it sounds. This is why disability benefits applicants often find it helpful to work with a Social Security Disability attorney who can better help their chances at filing a successful claim.
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