Glioma – Grade III and IV

Glioma – Grade III and IV may qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) compassionate allowance program. 

This means the victim of this medical condition may be able to have a disability benefits application approved far earlier than applicants who have been diagnosed with less serious medical conditions. The compassionate allowance program has been developed for victims of the most serious medical conditions so that they don’t have to wait long periods of time when their medical condition prevents them from earning any income tom support everyday life.

What is Glioma – Grade III and IV?

Glioma covers a broad range of brain and spinal cord tumors that originate from glial cells which are the main brain cells that could develop into cancer.

 It is estimated that 80% of malignant brain tumors are gliomas. The cause of malignant gliomas is so far unknown. The likely life expectancy following a Glioma Grade 111 and 1V can range from 12 months to 3 years. Malignant gliomas can occur at any age and they become more malignant over time.

Compassionate Allowances Explained

Compassionate allowances are for those patients diagnosed with medical conditions that reduce life expectancy. 

Glioma – Grade III and IV is one of these diseases. As soon as a person is diagnosed with Glioma- Grade 11 and 1V he or she should meet the criteria in the SSA’s Blue Book which describes the  for eligibility for disability benefits. 

The victim must meet the requirements in section 13.13A1 & 2 of the Blue Book (the resource the SSA uses to explain what conditions qualify for SSD).

 Because there is no known cure for this medical condition and even treatment normally has limited effect the SSA allows victims to be included in its compassionate allowance program which fast tracks payments at a time when the patient is unable to support him or herself.

There are many medical conditions which qualify for a compassionate allowance List of which typically meet the SSA’s requirements for Social Security disability benefits (SSD), helps reduce wait time for applicants with conditions on the list. These include the following:

  1. acute leukemia;
  2. adrenal cancer; 
  3. adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma;
  4. ALS/Parkinsonism dementia complex;
  5. alstrom syndrome;
  6. alveolar soft part sarcoma;
  7. inoperable bladder cancer;
  8. inoperable breast cancer;
  9. carcinoma of unknown primary site;
  10. child lymphoma;
  11. esophageal cancer;
  12. fibrolamellar cancer;
  13. gallbladder cancer.

Medical Evidence for Glioma – Grade III and IV

When diagnosing Glioma- Grade 111 and 1V an MRI is the best diagnostic tool, but a CT scan and biopsy can also detect malignant gliomas. The biopsy provides the evidence for the SSA which establishes the grade of the glioma.

Next Steps to Take

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