Hairy Cell Leukemia and Receiving Social Security Disability
The word leukemia comes from two Greek words meaning white and blood. Leukemia is a cancer of your blood or bone marrow. It is marked by an abnormal abundance of blood cells. These are usually white blood cells (lymphocytes).
Leukemia is a broad term that covers a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of an even broader group of diseases called hematological neoplasms. These are types of cancer that affect your blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes. These types of cancer are closely connected through your immune system. A disease that affects one of these three will often affect the others as well.
Over 200,000 people are estimated to be living with some form of leukemia in the United States. Over 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Hairy cell leukemia is one of the forms of leukemia. It affects B cells, which are a kind of white blood cells. Your bone marrow makes too many of these B cells. These excess B cells are not normal and appear to be hairy under a microscope. Less and less healthy platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells are made as the amount of hairy cell leukemia cells increase.
Fortunately, hairy cell leukemia is a rare form of leukemia. Only about 2% of all leukemias are hairy cell leukemia.
The average age at onset for hairy cell leukemia is 55. This disease affects men more than women.
Hairy cell leukemia is caused by mutations that occur in B cells. However, no one knows what causes these changes to take place.
Hairy cell leukemia may not cause any signs or symptoms. When it does cause signs and symptoms, they are not unique to this disease but are common to several conditions and diseases. Some of these are:
Unintended weight loss
Infections that reoccur
Not being able to eat more than a little bit at a time due to a feeling of fullness in your abdomen
Sweating excessively, especially at night
Swollen lymph glands.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be the reason for your disability. Is this why you or your loved one needs financial assistance?
You or your loved one may be considering applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by hairy cell leukemia and/or complications resulting from this disease. Have you done this and been denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this. People who have a disability lawyer like the one you will find here are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.