Social Security Disability Benefits for Bladder Cancer

social security disability benefits for bladder cancer

Bladder cancer (also known as urothelial carcinoma) occurs when abnormal cells multiply uncontrollably, usually in the organ’s inner lining. The most common form is transitional cell carcinoma. According to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, bladder cancer symptoms often resemble a urinary tract infection and include:

  • pelvic pain
  • blood in urine
  • bone pain in the pelvic or rectal area
  • swelling of legs
  • anemia

While these symptoms may seem easy to spot, most individuals aren’t diagnosed early when treatment is most effective. If you see blood in your urine, see a doctor (preferably a urologist) immediately to get screened for urothelial carcinoma.

Urothelial Carcinoma Treatment Options

If the disease is discovered early, surgery alone can be enough to remove the cancerous cells. If surgery alone isn’t enough, your doctor may recommend the following treatment options:

  • intravesical therapy
  • radiation
  • chemotherapy
  • radical cystectomy (surgical removal of the bladder as well as affected portions of the urethra, surrounding organs, and nearby lymph nodes)

Does Bladder Cancer Qualify for Disability Benefits?

You can claim Social Security disability benefits for bladder cancer, depending on your condition’s type and severity. The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies bladder cancer that’s inoperable, unresectable, or has distinct metastases as “severe.” In fact, it’s included in the agency’s Compassionate Allowance List (CAL), which could expedite your claim’s approval. The SSA considers any qualifying medical conditions on the CAL list to be dire. If your particular cancer’s on the CAL list, you may not have to wait very long for your disability claim review.

The SSA’s Blue Book of disabling conditions also helps determine eligibility for bladder cancer disability benefits. Individuals must provide medical evidence showing they closely meet the criteria outlined under section 13.22 urinary bladder – carcinoma:

A. With infiltration beyond the bladder wall


B. Recurrent after total cystectomy


C. Inoperable or unresectable


D. Small-cell (oat cell) carcinoma

Even if you don’t meet the above requirements, you still may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. You just need to submit proper medical documentation and get legal guidance before filing your SSDI claim.

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