Saturday, December 4, 2010

Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi

Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi

A breast cancer victim in Mississippi may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Even though breast cancer is a serious, and often fatal, illness, there are still strict requirements to receive disability benefits for breast cancer in Mississippi.

The Breast Cancer Problem

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 250,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. While most cases of breast cancer occurred in women, men also can develop breast cancer. Over 40,000 people died from breast cancer in 2009.

Types of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer generally falls into one of two categories: noninvasive and invasive.

Noninvasive (in situ) breast cancer refers to cancer that has stayed in the place where it started, and has not spread. Noninvasive breast cancer is treatable. Survival and remission rates are high in noninvasive breast cancer cases.

Invasive breast cancer is much more serious than noninvasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer has spread from the place it began. Invasive breast cancer can spread throughout the body, resulting in death.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Doctors use several tests to diagnose or confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer. These tests include:

Mammogram
Breast biopsy
Breast exams
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Doctors may use more than one of these tests to confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment must begin immediately.

Breast Cancer Treatment

There are a number of treatment options available for persons suffering from breast cancer. The appropriate treatment will depend upon the individual patient, and the stage of the cancer (how far along the cancer has progressed).

According to the National Cancer Institute, treatment options may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy. Each of these treatments have different benefits and adverse side effects.

Disability for Breast Cancer in Mississippi

Getting on disability for breast cancer in Mississippi depends upon the severity of the cancer, how far along the cancer has progressed, and the side-effects of any treatment for the disease.

There are certain situations where a person with breast cancer should be approved for disability without question. These situations include cancer/tumor that has directly extended to the chest wall or skin, breast cancer that has spread to the mammary, supraclavicular or infraclavicular nodes, or recurrent breast cancer (the cancer goes into remission then comes back). If any of these conditions exist, disability should be approved.

Even if a person does not have one of these conditions, she may still qualify for disability for breast cancer in Mississippi. This will depend on the effects and physical limitations caused by the illness. Also, the disability examiner will consider the physical effects of the treatment being used to fight the cancer. For example, chemotherapy is known to have debilitating side effects that would prevent a person from working.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and want more information about breast cancer disability in Mississippi, please contact us for a free consultation with a Jackson MS disability lawyer today.

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