As discussed in our last post, cancer is a very prevalent disease not just in Tennessee, but worldwide. The Social Security Administration recognizes this, and includes cancer in its Listing of Impairments, known as the "Blue Book." It is important to understand, therefore, what the Social Security Administration will look for when considering applications for disability benefits based on cancer.
When evaluating cancer for the purposes of Social Security disability benefits, the SSA will consider the origin of the cancer and the extent of its involvement. It will also consider how long and how frequent the applicant had anticancer therapy, and the applicant's response to it. Finally, the SSA will consider any effects of post-therapeutic residuals.