Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma can become a severe and potentially fatal form of cancer in women. If the cancer has become resistant to treatment and has spread to other organs beyond the womb, it may mean that the patient is eligible for disability benefits through the SSA’s compassionate allowance program. This fast tracks the assessment of the disability benefits application and often enables payments to be made within days.
What is Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma?
Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma is a relatively common cancer that first develops in the endometrium (lining) of the womb or uterus. It is amenable to treatment if detected early enough, but in some cases it can spread (metastasize) beyond the uterine endometrium and affect nearby organs, such as the cervix, then to other vital organs in the body such as the kidneys and liver. When it gets to this later stage and cannot be reversed or contained, it can become fatal.
What is a Compassionate Allowance?
The SSA normally takes several months to assess a normal disability benefits application. Many applications are also initially rejected and the applicant is then forced to appeal the decision. When the applicant has a particularly severe medical condition like metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma, the SSA may put the application through the compassionate allowance program.
For a compassionate allowance to be considered, the SSA must be convinced that the medical condition is so severe that the sufferer has limited time left before death. Usually this is when medical treatment has been shown to have failed to contain a disease or medical condition. When a cancer such as an endometrial adenocarcinoma has spread beyond where it first developed, this is known as metastasis and generally means that treatment has failed to stop the cancer. This is what allows the condition to be granted a compassionate allowance. The symptoms must still meet the requirements in the SSA’s Blue Book under section 13.23 A1 or A2.
Medical Evidence for Metastatic Endometrial Adenocarcinoma
Medical evidence for metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma can be in the form of both diagnostic and physical evidence.
Diagnostic evidence can include:
- Chest x-rays
- Computed tomography (CT) scans;
- Dilation and curettage (D&C);
- Endometrial biopsy;
- Lymph node dissection;
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
- Pelvic exam;
- Physical exam and health history; and
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan;
- Transvaginal ultrasound exam.
Physical evidence may include any combination of the following:
- abdominal or pelvic pain;
- abnormal uterine bleeding;
- changes in bowel or bladder habits;
- feeling full quickly when eating; and
- irregular menstrual bleeding, spotting, and bleeding between menstrual periods.
Get Help With Your SSD Claim
Metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma is a severe and advanced form of cancer of the uterine endometrium. By the time it has reached stage 4 of its development, it is unlikely for treatment to contain the cancer. This means that a compassionate allowance can be applied to disability benefits payments, speeding up the assessment process considerably. Legal help provided by a disability attorney can help an application for disability benefits.
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