When you receive a cancer diagnosis, there can be a million questions that run through your mind. The last thing you should have to worry about is how you will continue to manage working while you are battling cancer. We understand what types of cancer immediately qualify you for social security disability benefits and how to help you apply for them. 

According to the Social Security Administration, many types of cancer fall under Compassionate Allowances. Compassionate Allowances are a way to prioritize certain diseases or medical conditions that automatically meet the standards for social security disability benefits. This helps reduce wait times for people who suffer from certain cancers, rare disorders and adult brain disorders. 

People who have a condition that falls under the Compassionate Allowance category are generally able to receive their benefits faster than other types of disorders or injuries. This can be extremely helpful when the typical application for disability benefits takes at least three to five months. Upon the approval of your application, however, it will still take quite a few months for you to see your first payment. 

There are currently 32 different types of cancer that qualify under Compassionate Allowances. Generally speaking, these conditions either last for at least one year or may end someone’s life. Some common examples of cancers that fall under the CA category include: 

  • Certain types of breast cancer 
  • Certain types of bladder cancer 
  • Liver cancer 
  • Nonsmall cell lung cancer 
  • Pancreatic cancer 
  • Thyroid cancer 

More information about this topic is available on our web page about social security disability insurance.