Saturday, December 4, 2010

Leukemia Disability

If you have been diagnosed with Leukemia, you will likely qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a type of cancer that strikes the blood and bone marrow.  The term "leukemia" is used to refer to several different types of blood cancers.

Leukemia forms first in the bone marrow, where white blood cells are generated.  White blood cells fight infections.  Leukemia causes the bone marrow to start producing abnormal white blood cells.  These abnormal cells do not fight infection like normal white blood cells.  Eventually, the abnormal cells take over the body.  Because there are not enough normal white blood cells, the body cannot fight off infections.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society estimates that nearly 138,000 people were diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010.  More than 54,000 people died from Leukemia and other blood cancers during the same year.  However, it is also estimated that nearly 1 million people currently live with, or are in remission from, Leukemia.  This statistic shows that it is possible to beat Leukemia.

Types of Leukemia

Leukemia is generally classified into one of two different categories: Chronic and Acute.

Chronic Leukemia progresses very slowly.  A person with chronic leukemia may have the disease for years and never know it.

Acute Leukemia strikes extremely fast.  People with acute leukemia feel the effects of the disease not long after it forms in the body.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Leukemia

Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose leukemia by a number of methods.  A diagnosis of leukemia sometimes begins with a physical exam that discovers lumps near the lymph nodes.

Leukemia can be diagnosed using blood tests, biopsies of the bone marrow or lymph nodes, lumbar puncture/spinal tap, or other diagnostic tests.

Treatment

Treatment for Leukemia usually involves chemotherapy.  Doctors may also use radiation combined with chemotherapy to combat the disease.

Disability for Leukemia

The Social Security Administration recognizes Leukemia as a disabling impairment that can cause an inability to work.

The SSA will generally approve disability for Leukemia.  However, sufficient medical evidence must be submitted in support of the application.  Submission of the proper medical records of biopsies and pathology reports is crucial to getting approved for disability due to Leukemia in Mississippi.

If you've been diagnosed with Leukemia, please contact a Jackson disability lawyer to discuss options for getting your disability application approved.  There is no cost for an initial consultation.

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