Due to the severity of liver cancer, nearly all individuals who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) will be approved for benefits if you can prove your diagnosis. Liver cancer is the third-most common type of cancer in the world, killing almost all patients in less than a year. While there is no single cause attributed to the development of liver cancer, the following factors increase and individuals risk:
Hepatitis B or C
Consumption of Aflatoxin B 1 (found in peanuts, cottonseed meal, corn and other grains)
Chemical exposure, certain drugs, obesity, diabetes and cirrhosis can all increase your risk of developing this type of cancer.
Most people who develop liver cancer will not experience any symptoms in the initial stages which unfortunately allows the disease to spread to other areas of the body before detection. Common symptoms are unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, upper abdominal pain, general weakness, fatigue, upper abdominal pain and nausea to name a few. While surgery is usually indicated along with chemotherapy only 9-19% live for more that five years after the surgery. In many cases the treatments involved can be just as debilitating as the condition itself. It is due to this severity that Compassionate Allowance comes into play when applying for SSD or SSI.
Keep in mind that Social Security is looking at how the disease or treatment prevents you from working, they will not find you disabled if you can still work with this disease.
Compassionate Allowance fast tracks your claim through the Social Security system. What this means is that you don’t have to undergo the standard disability claim process which can take years. Medical records and written statements from treating physicians can all increase your chances of an approval. Poor documentation and treatment could hinder receiving disability under the Compassionate Allowance guidelines.
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