Lung Cancer and Your Social Security Disability Case

Mar 30, 2011 No Comments by

This article discusses lung cancer and your Social Security Disability case. According to the National Cancer Institute, the most common type of cancer is lung cancer; there were more than 222,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2010: via Common Cancer Types – National Cancer Institute.

When evaluating lung cancer and your Social Security Disability case, the SSA will look at the type of lung cancer you have. The two main categories of lung cancer are non small cell carcinoma and small cell carcinoma.

Briefly put, the difference between non small cell and small cell is that non small cell is usually located on the outer surface of the lung while small cell is found on the central areas of the lung. The difference between non small cell and small cell lung cancer is discussed more here by the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/lung-cancer/types.html

Treatment for lung cancer varies by the type, stage, size of tumor and your overall health. At an early stage, for non small cell, the tumor may be surgically removed and then treatment with a laser, radiation or chemotherapy follows. As your cancer progresses in stages, chemotherapy and radiation may be the only recommended treatments. For small cell, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are the most common methods of treatment, with surgical removal being very rare. More treatment information is found here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/lung-cancer/treatment.html

Lung cancer presents a serious health challenge. Treatment options have improved but removal, radiation and chemotherapy of lung cancer can leave you with residuals that will be evaluated in your Social Security Disability Case. If you experience any after effects of treatment you need to discuss those with your doctor immediately.

Lung Cancer is discussed here by the Social Security Administration: 13.00-Malignant Neoplastic Diseases-Adult. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, there are several places available for support. The American Cancer Society is just one example: http://www.cancer.org/

 

 

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Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Law Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for the rights of the disabled and worked in the past for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Kim is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court.