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Paraneoplastic Neurological Syndromes and Receiving Social Security Disability

One of the many difficulties that is associated with cancer is a complication that is believed to be a result of cancer but is not directly a part of the cancer. This complication is referred to as paraneoplastic syndromes. Paraneoplastic syndromes are a group of disorders that are believed to be caused by cancer, but they are not considered to be a part of the cancer. Researchers believe that they develop as a result of your immune system’s response to a kind of cancer that is known as a neoplasm. A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of tissue that is due to the fast division of cells that have developed a mutation (defect) into sets of cells with the same genetic composition (mitosis). Paraneoplastic syndromes are believed to develop when white blood cells (T cells) or cancer-fighting antibodies not only attack cancer cells but also mistakenly attack normal cells in your nervous system. This usually takes place during the early stages of cancer. Most of the time, this happens before you even know that you have cancer. Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are used in reference to these syndromes when they develop in your nervous system. Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are degenerative disorders. What this means is that they get progressively worse as time goes by. Thankfully, paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are extremely rare. They occur in less than 1% of all the cases of cancer. Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes usually develop in people who have lung, breast or ovarian cancer. The vast majority of the time, they originate because of the mistaken response of your immune system that was mentioned earlier. However, no one knows for sure why this immune system response occurs in some people with cancer but not in others who have the disease. There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. Some of these include:
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