If you or someone you love is being treated for stage IV breast cancer at Saint Barnabas Cancer Center, has an inoperable tumor, or has a complication that makes a fatal outcome more likely, you may not have to wait to get disability payments. Under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances program, patients who have terminal diseases and advanced cancers can get disability payments immediately, and do not have to wait until their application has been reviewed and approved.

Stages of Breast Cancer That May Qualify for Social Security’s Compassionate Allowance

Not all cases of breast cancer qualify a patient for benefits. If you are in remission or have undergone a successful surgery, SSA may not consider you sufficiently disabled. In most cases, immediate breast cancer disability payments will be granted only to patients who have:

  • Stage IV cancer. Stage IV cancer means that the cancer has spread beyond the breast into organs or tissues in the body, such as the lungs, bones, or brain. Stage IV cancer patients are always eligible for immediate payment, but patients will need to provide proper documentation (such as a pathology report and an operative report) to prove that their condition qualifies for Compassionate Allowance.
  • Inoperable or unresectable tumors. If your breast cancer is inoperable or cannot be completely removed surgically, you may be able to get a Compassionate Allowance.
  • Distant metastases. Some breast cancers may cause tumors to appear beyond the original cancer site, also called distant metastases. If you have been diagnosed with distant metastases, you will likely not have to wait for your benefit payments.

It is important to realize that breast cancer can progress quickly. If your case doesn't qualify for Compassionate Allowance at first, you could qualify if your prognosis changes during your treatment. To find out if you could get immediate Social Security benefits, fill out the contact form at the right of this page. Your contact with us is free, and we do not charge you anything unless we win your case.

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