Receiving Social Security Disability for a Giant Cell Tumor
Can I get Social Security disability for a giant cell tumor? This is a question you may have if you are afflicted with this disease.
A tumor (mass) consists of a collection of too many cells. A tumor can be benign, in which case it is not cancer. A tumor that is malignant is cancer.
What this means is that a tumor which is malignant has the capacity to invade and destroy tissue that is nearby and may spread (metastasize) to other areas of your body. On the other hand, a tumor that is benign will not destroy nearby tissue. Also, a benign tumor will not spread to other parts of your body.
Nearly always benign
In nearly every case, a giant cell tumor is a tumor that is made up of numerous benign (non-cancerous) cells. However, a giant cell tumor is an aggressive tumor. What this means is that it develops and grows rapidly. This kind of tumor is also marked by unpredictable behavior.
A giant cell tumor that is malignant occurs in only about 2% of all cases. However, if malignant degeneration does take place, it is likely to move (metastasize) to your lungs.
A giant cell tumor forms most frequently in people who are over the age of 20, after your skeletal bone growth has ended. However, it is possible for children to have a giant cell tumor. This kind of tumor rarely occurs in a person who is over the age of 55, and women tend to develop a giant cell tumor more often than men.
End of a bone
At the end of one of your bones that is located near a joint is where a giant cell tumor most often develops. Your knee is one of the places where a giant cell tumor frequently occurs.
A giant cell tumor may form in flat bones, like that of your breastbone (sternum) or pelvis. A giant cell tumor may also develop in the bones of your arms or legs.
There are several signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of a giant cell tumor. Some of these are:The appearance of a visible massA bone fractureSwelling that is localizedPain in the joint that is next to the bone that is affectedHaving limited movement in the joint that is adjacent to your affected boneA build-up of fluid in the joint that is next to the bone that is affected.
What causes a giant cell tumor to form remains unknown at the present time. However, in some instances, the formation of a giant cell tumor has been connected to Pagets disease. Pagets disease is a chronic (on-going) bone condition that is evidenced by your bones being enlarged and deformed.
A giant cell tumor and/or other disabling disorders that you may have along with this condition may be what is responsible for you not being able to work and being in need of financial assistance. If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits and been denied, the best thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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