The Social Security Administration typically approves applications for disability benefits from people with pancreatic cancer. Specifically, the SSA provides Social Security disability for two kinds of pancreatic cancer: exocrine carcinoma and islet cell carcinoma. Exocrine cancer targets exocrine cells that support nutrient absorption and islet cell carcinoma affects pancreatic cells producing insulin. Over 95 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have exocrine cancer. Since pancreatic cancer often goes undetected until in an advanced stage, the prognosis for many patients suffering this form of cancer is poor. Tests used to detect pancreatic cancer include blood chemistry, tumor marker, MRIs, CAT and PET scans.

Why Is It More Difficult to Get Approved for Islet Cell Carcinoma Than Exocrine Carcinoma?

Islet cell carcinoma is a rare type of pancreatic cancer that causes tumors to develop in the pancreas. In many cases, tumors can be completely removed and the prognosis may be good for the patient. However, claimants could still be approved for Social Security disability if they can show extreme pain or side effects from chemotherapy prevents them from working. A good Social Security disability lawyer can help someone with islet cell carcinoma submit the type of medical documentation necessary for increasing their chances of being approved for benefits.

What is the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Guidelines?

People with advanced stage pancreatic cancer may qualify for expedited processing of their claim under the Compassionate Allowances guidelines. Pancreatic cancer is one of the 88 serious health problems listed by the SSA that are eligible for this program. Approval means patients do not have to wait months to hear back from the SSA. Instead, they could begin receiving Social Security disability benefits within weeks of submitting accepted documentation.

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, call the Law Office of Daniel Berger today to talk to an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who may be able to help you get approved as quickly as possible.