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Lung Cancer can be separated into two different groups: small cell and non-small cell cancer.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer accounts for about 87% of all lung cancers and spreads more slowly
than small cell cancer.
Small cell cancer is considered very aggressive and it grows quickly, sometimes referred to as oat
Cancer that meets listing levels by Social Security include:
- Non-small cell cancer that is either inoperable, unresectable, recurrent or has metastasized to or
past the hilar lymph nodes (located where lymphatic vessels, arteries and veins enter the lungs)
- Small cell cancer or
- Cancer located at the top of the lungs that has undergone more than one type of treatment, such
as radiation and surgery
If you do not fall into one of the three criteria listed above, then Social Security will look at your
Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) which is used to determine if you are either able to perform a
prior job with this disability. If they find you cannot perform previous work they will look at or your
age, education and experience to determine if you will be able to perform any kind or work. Some
people receive a medical-vocational allowance because their breathing capacity is so diminished they
are unable to perform any kind of work. If you have had part or all a lung removed due to lung
cancer, this will have a severe impact on your breathing.
Small cell lung cancer is a compassionate allowance condition which will expedite your
disability application if your medical records support that diagnosis. Severe cases of non-small
cancer that is inoperable, unresectable, recurrent or has spread to or past the hilar nodes would also
be considered for a compassionate allowance.
Please call us or complete the contact form if you have any questions or wish to apply for Social