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Cancer may serve as basis for a Social Security Disability claim

Every year thousands of Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Generally, cancer is an anomalous growth of cells in a person’s body. There are more than 100 types of cancer that may afflict North Carolina residents, and cancer can strike many different parts of people’s bodies.

Different forms of cancer take on different characteristics. Some cancers are highly aggressive and can be fatal even if the patients who suffer from them receive medical treatment. Others can be less aggressive and may respond to chemotherapy, radiation and other medical interventions.

When a person is diagnosed with cancer they may not feel like themselves. Whether because of the symptoms of their disease or the overwhelming course of treatment that they must face, cancer is debilitating for many who must face it. As such, it is possible for some who suffer from cancer to qualify for Social Security disability benefits if they apply and provide sufficient information.

Disability benefits based on cancer require a number of pieces of medical evidence for review. For example, cancer victims must submit documentation of biopsy and/or aspiration results, operative notes, pathology reports and, in some cases, hospital notes and records. They must build a case to demonstrate that their illness is debilitating and that they should receive disability benefits in order to get by.

Facing cancer is a difficult road, no matter the form of disease a person must overcome. Many cancer patients cannot work as they suffer through treatments that can last for years. To learn more about disability benefits options for cancer patients, readers are encouraged to reach out to their trusted disability benefits attorneys.

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