Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, generally occurs when cancerous polyps develop in the large intestine or colon. Many different factors, such as family history, diet, and age can contribute to a higher risk of developing colon cancer. Although colon cancer can develop without showing any signs, some common side effects of the condition include:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Unusual bowel movements (i.e. diarrhea or constipation)
- Blood in the stool
- Gas or cramps
- Unexplained weight loss
The Colon Cancer Social Security Disability Application Process
Living and working while suffering from colon cancer can be difficult, especially if you are experiencing pain, weakness, or if treatments require you to use a colostomy bag. Fortunately, you can apply for Social Security Disability in order to alleviate some of your financial burden.
If your colon cancer, which is referred to by the Social Security Administration as large intestine cancer, has advanced beyond an easily operable growth, it is likely that you can receive Social Security Disability assistance under the Compassionate Allowances guidelines. The Compassionate Allowances program was initiated to provide faster approval and assistance to those suffering from conditions that, by their very nature, always qualify an individual for disability.
Qualifying for SSD with Colon Cancer
In order to qualify for benefits, your intestinal cancer must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The tumor is an adenocarcinoma that is recurrent, inoperable, or unresectable.
- The tumor is a squamous cell carcinoma of the anus that has returned after surgery.
- The cancer has spread beyond the lymph nodes closest to the original tumor.
Necessary Medical Documentation to Prove a Diagnosis of Colon Cancer
As part of the application process, you will have to provide documentation that demonstrates the type, extent, and location of your tumor as well as the effects of treatments and any other information that pertains to persistence or recurrence.
This documentation may include:
- An operative note
- Pathology report
- Summary of hospitalizations
- Any other medical reports relevant to history of treatments, surgeries and/or pathological findings
Hiring Representation for Your Social Security Disability Case
The Compassionate Allowance program does streamline the application process for those with colon cancer in need of Social Security Disability. However, this does not mean that every applicant is approved. If your application is filed incorrectly, or is missing necessary medical documents, your benefits can be delayed significantly.
To get you disability assistance as soon as possible, it is crucial to file your claim correctly the first time. In order to increase your likelihood of receiving a swift approval, it is wise have a Social Security Disability attorney review your case. An attorney can provide the representation and guidance you need to quickly begin receiving support.