AIDS-Related Lymphoma and Disability

Your lymph system is composed of thin tubes that branch, like blood vessels, into all parts of your body. These lymph vessels carry lymph. Lymph is a colorless, watery fluid that contains white blood cells that are called lymphocytes. Along this network of vessels are groups of little, bean-shaped organs called lymph nodes. Clusters of these lymph nodes store and make infection-fighting cells.

AIDS-related lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells develop in the lymph system of patients who have AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks and weakens your immune system. This allows infections and other diseases to invade your body. When this happens, because of AIDS, your immune system is not able to fight against them.

Many parts of your body have lymph tissue. Because of this, AIDS-related lymphoma can spread to almost any of your body’s tissues or organs. This includes your spleen, brain, liver or bone marrow (spongy tissue inside the large bones of your body that produces blood cells).

No one knows for sure what causes cancer. Researchers think that cancer is caused by your heredity and cancer causing agents in the environment. What is known is that people with AIDS are at a much greater risk for having this form of lymphoma than people who do not have AIDS.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with AIDS-related lymphoma. However, other medical conditions may cause these same signs and symptoms. Your doctor is the one who can determine if they are being caused by AIDS-related lymphoma. Some of these signs and symptoms are:

  • Night sweats
  • A feeling of fullness below your ribs
  • Unexplained fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swollen, painless lymph nodes in your groin, chest, neck or underarm
  • Itchy skin
  • Tiredness.

AIDS-related lymphoma usually grows faster than lymphoma that is not related to AIDS. It also spreads outside of your lymph nodes to other parts of your body more often.

You or a loved one may have AIDS-related lymphoma. This disease may be the reason that you or your loved one is disabled and cannot work.

If this is your situation, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.

Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by AIDS-related lymphoma? If you or your loved one was denied and you plan on appealing the denial, here is something that you may not know.

You or your loved one will need a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com to represent you in the appeals process. This is true because people who have a disability attorney are approved more often than those without a lawyer.

Do not hesitate. Contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, today.

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