Social Security Disability Benefits for Colon Cancer

social security disability benefits for colon cancer

Colon cancer is a form of cancer that often starts as a polyp or growth in the inner lining of the colon or rectum. According to, a vast majority of colon cancer cases are classified as adenocarcinomas and form in gland cells. Common symptoms associated with colon cancer are a change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, discomfort in abdomen, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss. Treatments for colon cancer usually involve a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that certain cases of colon cancer can be debilitating. For this reason the SSA has listed it as an approved health condition in the Social Security Disability Blue Book. The Blue Book helps the SSA to better sort through qualifying conditions for Social Security disability benefits


Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Colon Cancer?

For individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits for colon cancer, the SSA will use the listing under Section 13.18 – Large intestine (from ileocecal valve to and including anal canal) in the Blue Book to determine eligibility. The listing requirements under this section are as follows:

A. Adenocarcinoma that is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent.


B. Squamous cell carcinoma of the anus, recurrent after surgery.


C. With metastases beyond the regional lymph nodes.


D. Small-cell (oat cell) carcinoma.

If you suffer from colon cancer, but you do not meet these specific requirements, don’t panic! You still may be able to qualify for disability benefits with proper medical documentation such as scans, lab work, and your doctor’s support.

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