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Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer and Social Security Disability

This year alone, the Social Security Administration is expected to process more than three million claims for Social Security Disability benefits. Of the applications received, only about 30 percent will be approved during the initial stage of the application process. The remaining 70 percent of applicants will need to go through the lengthy and stressful disability appeal process.

Appealing the SSA's decision to deny benefits can take years. In some cases, however, individuals suffering from severe disabilities may qualify for faster approvals under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances program.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer are among those who may qualify for expedited consideration of their Social Security Disability claims. Instead of waiting months to be approved for disability benefits, those who suffer from this condition may be approved in a matter of weeks.

If you have been diagnosed with Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer and are wondering if you will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits and how your condition affects your disability claim, the following information can help you understand your condition and how the SSA's Compassionate Allowances program may affect your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer - Conditions and Symptoms

Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer, also known as adrenal carcinoma and adrenocortical cancer, is an uncommon malignant cancer that affects the adrenal glands of the body. Unlike many other types of adrenal cancer, this cancer sub-type is not associated with an overproduction of hormones.

Because anaplastic adrenal tumors do not produce hormones, the condition is not overly symptomatic. Some patients note stomach pain. Oftentimes the condition is discovered when a patient undergoes unrelated imaging tests. In many cases, the cancer metastasizes because it is not caught early, due to a lack of apparent symptoms.

While adrenal tumors are a relatively common form of cancer, only about 1 in 1,500 adrenal tumors turn out to be malignant. The condition can be diagnosed through the use of CT and MRI imaging tests, although a biopsy of the tumor is required to obtain a definitive diagnosis of Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer.

When an individual suffers from Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer, surgery is necessary. If the condition is caught early enough, surgical excision may effectively remove the cancer from the afflicted individual. If the patient is suffering from Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer with metastasis, surgery will not be able to correct the condition. In these cases, the median survival rate for patients is approximately five months.

Filing for Social Security Disability with Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer

Due to the severity of the condition and the expected median survival rate, individuals who have been diagnosed with Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer with distant metastases, or Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer that is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent, cannot wait months or years for their application for Social Security Disability benefits to be approved. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration recognizes this fact and the condition has been included in the SSA's listing of conditions that qualify for the Compassionate Allowances program.

If you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits due to a diagnosis of Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer, you should submit your application for benefits to the Social Security Administration as soon as possible. When submitting your Social Security Disability application, include as much information as you can and provide the SSA with all of your medical documentation. The adjudicator who is handling your Social Security Disability claim will need to see medical evidence supporting your claim, such as laboratory test results and medical documentation that proves your diagnosis. If you provide the Social Security Administration with enough medical evidence proving your case of Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer, your application for disability benefits may be approved in just a few weeks, rather than requiring a wait of months like most Social Security Disability applicants.

Your Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer Social Security Disability Case

Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer is a very severe condition and, as such, it warrants special attention from the Social Security Administration. The SSA has recognized this fact and the condition is included in the 88 listings that qualify for faster approval times under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances program. That does not mean, however, that you should not have proper representation, such as a qualified disability attorney or advocate, when filing a claim for disability benefits due to a diagnosis of Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer.

Many people who have been diagnosed with one of the 88 conditions that qualify under the Compassionate Allowances program make the mistake of assuming that their applications will be automatically approved due to their diagnosis. This is not necessarily the case. Your application must be presented properly in order for the SSA to understand the extent of your condition and to recognize the condition as one that qualifies for Compassionate Allowances processing.

If you would like to learn more about the Social Security Compassionate Allowances program, or if you would like to find out whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to your diagnosis of Anaplastic Adrenal Cancer, submit a request for a free Social Security Disability case review today.