Any diagnosis of a serious chronic or acute illness carries with it a certain amount of stress. Suddenly given no choice but to face the stark reality of our own mortality, all of the minor irritations of life are suddenly magnified. Even the usual day-to-day responsibilities can at times feel insurmountable, not just for the patient but for the rest of the family as well. While there’s really no way to totally eliminate the inherent stress that goes along with a major illness, there are ways it can be minimized.
The financial toll a major illness takes on a family can be devastating. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has initiated the Compassionate Allowance program. Since there are some illnesses that seem to automatically result in the need for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the SSA compiled a list of those illnesses and made it easier for persons suffering from them to obtain disability benefits. Previously, the vast majority of claims were rejected on the first attempt, leading to a lengthy appeal process. Cases could potentially drag out for years. With the enactment of the Compassionate Allowance program, however, the process has been shortened to a matter of weeks so that you and your family can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible.
Ureter Cancer is one of the conditions that qualify as a Compassionate Allowance. If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with Ureter Cancer, it is crucial that you initiate the application process as soon as you can so that your case will not be unnecessarily delayed.
Ureter Cancer (with Distant Metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent) - Condition and Symptoms
The ureters are muscular tubes that move urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder. The ureters are lined with cells called transitional cells, because they can stretch and change shape without breaking apart. About ninety percent of ureter cancers affect the transitional cells. The rest of the ureter cancers affect the squamous cells, smooth cells that form the lining of the ureter and part of the kidney.
Symptoms of Ureter Cancer may include dark urine, fatigue, pain where the ribs meet the spine, blood or blood clots in the urine, difficulty, pain or burning sensation when urinating, fatigue, cramps or back pain.
The term metastasis refers to tumors in other parts of the body that originate elsewhere. Cancer cells can break away from the tumor and enter the bloodstream or the lymph system and relocate to another part of the body and begin growing. This tumor is referred to as a secondary tumor.
The terms inoperable and unresectable refer to tumors that are in such sensitive areas or are attached such that removing them is not possible. Recurrent cancers are those which return after having been previously treated.
Ureter cancer which is inoperable or unresectable may be treated with chemotherapy or radiation, but the prognosis is not a good one.
Filing for Social Security Disability with Ureter Cancer (with Distant Metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent)
If you or one of your family members has been diagnosed with Ureter Cancer with Distant Metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent, there may be some measure of comfort in knowing that it is a disorder which qualifies for Compassionate Allowance status. As long as all of the necessary documentation is in order, you can plan on the process being completed in as little as three weeks, so that your benefits will be on the way as soon as the next benefit cycle commences.
Even with a disorder that qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance, it is still strongly recommended that you discuss your case with a Social Security disability lawyer. A disability lawyer will take the time to review your application and make sure that you are approved the first time, thus avoiding the lengthy appeal process. The end result is that your Social Security disability case can be a source of comfort instead of a source of additional stress.
When filing for disability with Ureter Cancer, it will likely be necessary to provide a urine specimen for verification of the presence of the illness.
Your Ureter Cancer (with Distant Metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent) case
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Ureter Cancer, you can feel comfortable that you will unquestionably qualify for benefits from the SSA. That said, it would still be a wise decision to trust your case to a Social Security disability lawyer. Your disability lawyer can review all of your application paperwork before it is submitted, minimizing any possible errors that could delay your case indefinitely.