Trabecular cancer is a rare and very aggressive form of Merkel cell carcinoma. This type of cancer forms on, or just below, the skin, or in the hair follicles. It is a form of cancer that is caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus. There are no definite known causes for this type of cancer, but those who receive high levels of UV light are thought to be at a higher risk. Symptoms of trabecular cancer include:
- Firm, painless, shiny lumps on the skin
- These areas of the skin are discolored (typically red, pink, or brown)
- The spots can begin a ¼” in size, but grow very quickly
Applying for Social Security Disability with Trabecular Cancer
Trabecular cancer, which is a form of Merkel cell carcinoma, can spread very quickly to other areas of the body. Treatment for this condition includes having the tumors removed from the skin, as well as extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. During this process, it is obviously not possible to continue working at a job, and they highest priority is keeping the individual as comfortable as possible.
People suffering from highly aggressive cancers do not have the time to wait years, or even months, to receive Social Security Disability benefits, and therefore, must complete the application process correctly the first time. Merkel cell carcinoma is a condition within the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance program, meaning that it is possible to receive approval at a faster rate if you meet the requirements.
Qualifying for SSD Benefits under the Merkel Cell Carcinoma evaluation
Even though the SSA may have made it slightly easier to receive benefits if you have trabecular cancer, proof of your diagnosis alone will not necessarily guarantee an approval. You must still meet the qualifications within the Merkel Cell Carcinoma listing in the SSA blue book.
In order to be considered eligible for benefits, your condition must meet the following requirements:
- Carcinoma or sarcoma with metastases to or beyond the regional lymph nodes
- One of the following two statements applies:
- The cancer is recurrent after wide excision.
- Metastases to one or more clinically apparent nodes, to four not clinically apparent nodes, or to additional sites on the skin.
Simply put, the SSA will be looking evidence that the trabecular cancer is recurrent and/or that it has spread to other areas of the body.
Medical Evidence Necessary When Applying for SSD Benefits
Again, applying for Social Security Disability is much more complex than simply proving that you have received a trabecular cancer diagnosis. It is necessary to provide extensive medical documentation that will clearly illustrate your diagnosis, the history of your treatments, the progression of your cancer, and your prognosis.
Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney
If you would like to avoid the application errors that result in rejections, and reduce the amount of time you are waiting to receive assistance, it is strongly recommended that you enlist the services of a qualified and experienced Social Security Disability attorney.