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 offers disability benefits to certain qualified individuals. But to be awarded benefits, you must prove that your cancer prevents you from working and you must provide sufficient medical evidence to back up your case.

There are nine types of medical evidence needed to apply for disability benefits for colorectal cancer. They are:

- 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 related to your cancer.

- Any notes and information about the treatments applied and their results.

- And finally, details about how the cancer impacts your ability to work and perform daily tasks.

In addition, we also recommend that you include a detailed statement from your physican that includes information about your diagnosis, prescribed treatments, effects of any therapies and the prognosis of your condition.

Obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be a complex and frustrating process. Fortunately, we are here to help. We encourage you to get started by calling our office for a free evaluation of your case.


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