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Determining eligibility for SSDI for cancer

Cancer affects many people in New Jersey. There are many different types of cancer and many different groups raising money for research to attempt to find a cure. While a cure has not been found yet, treatment has improved and people can end up beating cancer or living for a long time with it. However, their life might be quite different while they are undergoing treatment or after a surgery.

One of the things that could be different is that the person is unable to work. This can put a large financial burden on the person while all their strength is being put towards getting better. Luckily, people who find themselves in this unfortunate position may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits.

In order to determine whether they are eligible, applicants must provide certain information to the Social Security Administration. They will need medical evidence of the type of cancer and the primary site where it started, as well as evidence about whether it metastasized or is recurrent and where the cancer has moved to. The person would need to provide operative notes for operations and pathology reports as well. However, if those are unavailable a summary of those findings from the hospital may be sufficient.

For those in New Jersey who are seeking Social Security Disability for cancer, gathering the required information is just the start of the process. After the information is gathered it must be submitted to the Social Security Administration for an eligibility determination. Initially, the person's petition may be rejected, but there is an appeals process if that occurs and the person may still end up receiving the benefits. Understanding the law, the medical information needed and the determination process is very important in order to ensure one receives the proper benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability Evaluation under Social Security - 13.00 Cancer - Adult" accessed on May 16, 2017

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