Multiple myeloma is a type of bone cancer that is found in the plasma cell. The plasma cells affected by the disease create proteins that are responsible for working to help the body fight off infections. When a person is diagnosed with multiple myeloma, they are more susceptible to developing common infections as well as bone disease, immune system issues, kidney problems and much more. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this form of cancer, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
What Are the Common Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma?
While the symptoms associated with this type of bone cancer can vary greatly from person to person, most people do not show any signs of the condition when it is in its early stages. However, once symptoms do arise, they occur in the form of:
- Bone Damage and Fractures
- Kidney Conditions
- Increased Calcium in the Blood
- Hyperviscosity Syndrome
- Repeated Infections
Cancer Eligibility Review: Do I Qualify for SSD Benefits?
If you have severe symptoms stemming from bone cancer, you may qualify for SSI or SSD benefits. If you meet the requirements detailed in the SSA’s Blue Book and your symptoms that have continued to progress after completing initial treatment, stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant within the past 12 months, you should initially qualify for disability benefits.
However, additional medical evidence may be required during your cancer eligibility review. You may be asked to provide recent laboratory results, submit evidence of past treatments and show evidence that your condition is progressing. Additionally, if you are now experiencing kidney complications as a result of your cancer, you may qualify for benefits under the Blue Book listing for kidney disease. If this is the case, the help of an experienced SSD attorney can help to expedite the application process and make sure you get the benefits that you deserve.