If you have been diagnosed with Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain, you should qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowance Program. The Compassionate Allowance Program is a scheme that focuses on patients who have been diagnosed with a disease that is likely to result in a long-term illness or end in death in the next 12 months.
What is Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain?
Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that starts in the glandular cells. Glandular cells are located in the tissue that lines some of body’s internal organs. It ends up as a brain lesion caused by the spreading of cancerous cells from one of the body’s organs. This type of cancer usually metastasizes to the brain from early tumors in the lung but sometimes it has spread from the breast. The outcome for someone who is diagnosed with Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain is not good, however sometimes aggressive treatment can extend survival. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
What is a Compassionate Allowance?
When diagnosed with Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider the victim for a compassionate allowance. Being considered for—and granted—a compassionate allowance essentially means that an applicant’s disability benefits (SSD) claim is fast tracked so that they are able to gain from the financial help of these benefits for the rest of their life given that the applicant will not be fit enough to work amidst undergoing treatment for their life-threatening medical condition.
There are many medical conditions that the SSA has on its list that may qualify for a compassionate allowance to help reduce the wait time for disability benefits (SSD) applicants with such conditions. These conditions include the following:
- Fukuyama Congenital Muscular Dystrophy;
- Fulminant Giant Cell Myocarditis;
- Glioblastoma Multiforme (Brain Cancer);
- Glioma Grade III and IV;
- Hypocomplementemic Urticarial Vasculitis Syndrome;
- Hypophosphatasia Perinatal (Lethal) and Infantile Onset Types;
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome;
- Lewy Body Dementia;
- Liposarcoma - metastatic or recurrent;
- Liver Cancer;
- Nicolaides-Baraitser Syndrome;
- Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) - Type A;
- Niemann-Pick Disease-Type C.
Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain may qualify for a compassionate allowance because it is listed in the SSA’s Blue Book under section 13.00, which is the section that covers Neoplastic Diseases that are malignant in adults. The SSA considers several factors before a decision is made. These include:
- the origin of the cancer;
- the duration, frequency and response to cancer therapy;
- the effects of any treatment.
If the cancer has metastasized beyond the regional lymph nodes, the patient is likely to qualify for disability benefits under the Compassionate Allowances scheme. However, if the victim of Secondary Adenocarcinoma only has distant metastases, and is likely to respond favorably to anticancer therapy, then the patient may be denied disability benefits.
Medical Evidence for Secondary Adenocarcinoma Of The Brain
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is likely to request medical evidence that can show the type and the extent of your metastatic lesion. If the main site is not easy to identify, the SSA will use any evidence that describes the site(s) of the metastasis when evaluating any impairment caused by your diagnosis of Secondary Adenocarcinoma. If surgery has taken place, the SSA is likely to request a biopsy or a needle aspiration, an operative note, as well as a pathology report.
Get Help With Your Secondary Adenocarcinoma Of The Brain Claim
Even if you have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition like Secondary Adenocarcinoma of the Brain that is listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, it is never easy winning a claim for disability benefits. Thus, sufficient evidence is often the key to winning a disability benefits (SSD) claim. If you decide to work with an attorney, they may be able to help you gather the right evidence that can help you win your SSD claim under the Compassionate Allowances Program.
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