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Ureter Cancer and Social Security Disability

Each year the Social Security Administration is inundated with millions of disability claims that are filed by hard-working disabled individuals who are unable to maintain full-time employment due to the limitations their disabilities place on them. These individuals pay taxes into the Social Security system and assume that the disability benefits they need will be there for them. Unfortunately, actually obtaining these benefits is not as easy as many would assume.

In fact, nearly 70 percent of the initial disability claims filed by Social Security Disability applicants are denied by the Social Security Administration. These applicants must then pursue a lengthy disability appeal process in order to obtain the benefits to which they may be rightfully entitled. Unfortunately, this process can take many applicants more than two years to complete.

Fortunately, in 2008 the Social Security Administration recognized the fact that some disabilities are so severe that they warrant expedited consideration, and the Compassionate Allowances program was introduced. Disability applicants who qualify for claim processing under the Compassionate Allowances guidelines can be approved for disability benefits in just under a month.

There are 88 conditions that qualify an individual for processing under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances guidelines. Ureter Cancer in a form that is inoperable, unresectable, recurrent, or with distant metastases, is one of the 88 conditions that qualify a claim for processing under the Compassionate Allowances listings. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, the following information will help you understand the disability application process, and how you can increase your chances of obtaining a faster approval of your disability benefits under the Compassionate Allowances guidelines.

Ureter Cancer – Conditions and Symptoms

Ureter Cancer, also known as ureteral cancer or renal pelvic cancer, is a rare form of cancer that develops in the ureter. The ureter is the part of the body that carries the urine that is collected by the kidneys to the bladder. The condition is diagnosed in approximately 2,400 people each year and is more common in men than in women. Men who are above age 65 are at the greatest risk of developing this form of cancer.

The majority of Ureter Cancer cases are similar to bladder cancer and are referred to as transitional cell carcinomas. However, squamous cell carcinomas can develop in patients who experience chronic kidney stones or other urinary tract infections.

While the symptoms of Ureter Cancer vary on a case to case basis, common symptoms of the condition include a burning sensation while urinating, blood in the urine, dark rust-colored urine, fatigue, chronic flank pain, increased need to urinate at night, unexplained weight loss, increased urinary frequency, and difficulty with urination.

While some cases of Ureter Cancer can be treated surgically, some cases are inoperable. Because cases of Ureter Cancer that are inoperable, unresectable, recurrent, or with distant metastases have a poorer prognosis, these cases qualify a disability applicant for processing under the SSA's Compassionate Allowances guidelines.

Filing for Social Security Disability with Ureter Cancer

Even though Ureter Cancer that is inoperable, unresectable or recurrent, or Ureter Cancer with distant metastases do qualify for claim processing under the Compassionate Allowances guidelines, you will still need to fill out your claim forms properly and will need to provide the Social Security Administration with sufficient medical evidence to prove your disability and diagnosis.

When filling out the disability claim forms that are required by the Social Security Administration, make sure you answer all of the questions thoroughly and with detailed explanations. One-word or “yes” or “no” answers will not help you in your disability claim. Also make sure that you include a complete copy of your medical records including lab results, medical treatment histories, and written statements from treating physicians. All of these will help the adjudicator reviewing your file process your claim according to the SSA's Compassionate Allowances guidelines.

Your Ureter Cancer Social Security Disability Case

It is not uncommon for a disability applicant to believe that their claim will be automatically approved by the Social Security Administration if it qualifies as one of the 88 conditions included in the Compassionate Allowances listings. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. While it is not common, the Social Security Administration has been known to deny claims based on a Compassionate Allowances listing.

Denial of a Compassionate Allowances disability claim is usually due to improperly completed claim forms or a lack of sufficient medical evidence. If you want to avoid these pitfalls, you may want to consider retaining the services of a qualified Social Security Disability lawyer or advocate. These professionals can assist you in the preparation of your disability claim and will ensure that your file is processed according to the Compassionate Allowances guidelines.

To learn more about the Social Security Compassionate Allowance listings, or to find out whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to a case of Ureter Cancer that is inoperable, unresectable or recurrent or Ureter Cancer with distant metastases, submit a request for a free disability case evaluation today.