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Cancer is the general term used to describe more than one hundred diseases. Regardless of the type of cancer, cancer starts when certain cells within the body grow abnormally and out of control. Cancer cells also can invade other health tissues, a process called metastasis, or cluster together to form tumors. Unfortunately, if left untreated, certain cancers can cause serious illness or even death. The specific cause of cancers varies. Some individuals inherit abnormal DNA from their parents while other peoples activities such as smoking or exposure to the sun can increase their chances of getting cancer. The rate of growth, the ability to respond to treatment, and the prognosis of a cancer patient varies by disease.

The SSA evaluates cancer under 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases within their SSA Listing of Impairments. Not all cancers will be considered automatically disabling. To determine whether you are disabled the SSA will review the origin of the cancer malignancy, the extent of involvement, and the duration, frequency, and response you body has had to antineoplastic therapy, which includes "surgery, irradiation, chemotherapy, hormones, immunotherapy, or bone marrow or stem cell transplantation." Finally, the Social Security Administration will review the effects of your treatment and whether it has limited your ability to work.

Before submitting your disability claim for cancer make sure you have evidence which identifies the type, extent, recurrence, and site of your cancer. Medical evidence can include operation notes, pathology reports, drugs given and dosages. The SSA will also want information about any additional medical procedures you will need in the future to further combat the cancer, including radiation therapy.

Cancers which are immediately considered disabling can include Acute Leukemia, Adrenal cancer which is inoperable, Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Breast or Bladder cancer, which is inoperable, and Esophageal Cancer.

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