This March, the nation will celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancers are the second leading cause of all cancer-related deaths throughout the country. For those who suffer from this devastating illness, the effects can range from physical, to emotional, to financial. The Social Security Administration recognizes the condition as an impairment and therefore offers disability benefits to certain qualified individuals. In order to obtain these benefits, victims must provide sufficient medical evidence.

Nine Types of Medical Evidence Needed to Apply for Disability Benefits

What types of medical evidence should be kept with the medical records relating to a diagnosis of colorectal cancer? The following is an overview:

  • Notes from your physical examinations.
  • Details relating to the diagnosis of your colorectal cancer.
  • Results from biopsies that demonstrate that colorectal cancer is a primary cancer.
  • Records detailing periods of hospitalization.
  • Surgical notes relating to the removal of any tumors.
  • Surgical notes relating to other procedures relating to the cancer.
  • Notes and information about the treatments applied and their results.
  • Details about how the cancer impacts your ability to work and perform daily tasks.

In addition, it is ideal to include a detailed statement from your physican that includes information about the following:

  • Your diagnosis
  • The treatments prescribed
  • The effect of therapy
  • The prognosis for your condition

Obtaining disability benefits is not an easy process, especially for those who have never experienced it in the past. Fortunately, we are here to help. We encourage you to get started by checking out our free book or call (402) 933 5405. 5 Deadly Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Social Security Disability Case.


Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska