Can I get disability benefits for lymphoma? Lymphoma is a cancer of a part of the immune system called the lymphatic system. There are many types of lymphoma. One type is called Hodgkin Disease. The rest are called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin lymphomas begin when a type of white blood cell, called a T cell or B cell, becomes abnormal. The cell divides again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. These abnormal cells can spread to almost any other part of the body. Most of the time, doctors can’t determine why a person gets non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Hodgkin disease is rare, and it’s symptoms include: swelling of the lymph nodes; fever and chills, night sweats, weight loss, loss of appetite and itchy skin.
The common symptoms of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma include: swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin; unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, trouble breathing, fatigue and abdominal pain or swelling.
In most cases, a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy is used to treat the condition, but these treatments themselves can have severe side effects which can prevent a person from engaging in sustained full time work.
The Social Security Administration lists lymphoma as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 13.05 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, however, if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you or a loved one lives in or around Madison County, you are suffering from the effects of lymphoma and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.
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Can I get disability benefits for lymphoma