Disability, General, Survivors

Social Security Supports National Cancer Survivors Day

June 5, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

women hugging, wearing pinkIn 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.

On June 4, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize the survivors who have gone through this battle or are still living with the disease.

Social Security stands strong in our support of the fight against cancer. We offer services to patients dealing with this disease through our disability insurance program and our Compassionate Allowances program. Compassionate Allowances are cases with medical conditions so severe they obviously meet Social Security’s disability standards, allowing us to process the cases quickly with minimal medical information. Many cancers are part of our Compassionate Allowances list.

There’s no special application or form you need to submit for Compassionate Allowances. Simply apply for disability benefits online, in-person or over the phone. Once we identify you as having a Compassionate Allowances condition, we’ll expedite your disability application.

Social Security establishes Compassionate Allowances conditions using information received at public outreach hearings, from our employees, who review millions of disability cases each year, from medical and scientific experts, and from data based on our research. For more information about Compassionate Allowances, including the list of eligible conditions, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, through good times and bad. Please visit www.socialsecurity.gov for more information.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. jesse g.

    my daughter in law died of cancer on 3/22/2018, my son and her two kids 14 years old and 9 years old are survivors. the deceased was collecting SSI she was disabled. I believe she was collecting 650.00. will the children be eligible for benefits and if so how much approximately will they get. What is the first step to process application.

  2. Cindy J.


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  3. Ron W.

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    My brother is like most Americans. He has worked hard all his life to support his family, pay his bills, and support his church. He has worked for the same company for over 34 years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma cancer recently. His medical bills are astronomical, and his health insurance is not the greatest. I set up a GoFundMe page for him to attempt to raise funds to help him pay all the bills and to make his life a little less difficult. So, please find it in your heart to help someone who deserves it.
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  5. Wanda S.

    If I start Social security payments before my full retirement age and I am a cancer patient that currently wouldn’t qualify for disability. Am I able to apply for disability at a later date and receive the higher disability payment

    • Ray F.

      Hi Wanda. Yes, you could apply for disability benefits at a later time. It’s important to remember that in addition to meeting our definition of disability, you must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. A person receiving Social Security retirement benefits is no longer eligible for disability benefits once they reach their full retirement age. You could consider applying for retirement benefits and also apply for disability benefits before you reach your full retirement age. You can start receiving your retirement benefits while we consider your application for disability benefits and wait for a medical decision. For more information, please contact your local office , or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

      • Kevin S.

        Kevin Smith on March 16, 2019 at 3:59 am said:
        I’m have been pending SSD a little over 4 years now after a total of 15 surgeries altogether. I have followed up on anything/everything SSD has asked of me, have had medical professionals like my previous pain doctor refer me to the specialist that truly have the state of the art equipment/software and/or Doctors and expertis to truly and accurately provide the SSDA or the division that reviews the Residual Functionality questionnaires that SSD review boards wants most orthopedics, PCP’s, and/or most any healthcare providers to complete but most providers advised me that they could/would not complete the questionnaire because their practice didn’t have the equipment, technology, or means to complete the questionnaire accurately, due to not having the software, technology, and the education or equipment, professional staff one needs to accurately and correctly provide the percentages, limitations, range of motion information, impairment ratings, accurately based of a Function Capacity Evaluation., “FCE”. I was deemed crippled/disabled after my pain doctor referred me to a provider that specializes in performing this very fast paced rigorous exercises consisting of a multitude of exercises that takes 3-hours. My pain doctor could finally complete the Residual Capacity Function questionnaire based on the facts/results on a professional scale knowing the facts that I’m sure the State would appreciate verses a doctor that has a opinionated guess based on their opinion and not the sciencetific facts based on the grueling testing. My SSD hearing lasted not even 5 minutes and I wasn’t able to speak, nor did my my attorney say a word. I wasn’t prepped and didn’t know that I could even talk. I’m broken mentally and physically and have lost everything. Help? Please lord, this is my life I’m fighting for, my attorney did nothing and I am at a loss? I have filed everything I thought I could because I cannot get my para-legal/attorney to return my many call, emails, vm’s for I’m attempting to get clarifications, answers. This is just the tip of the iceberg for I need a Specialist or someone that will actually take the time to care and listen for I just didn’t wake up one day and decide I just didn’t want to work again. Please help and/or direct me to the right department/people that could help me.

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  6. Gloria

    Why isn’t Medicare included in compassionate allowance claims (cancer)? If anyone needs this coverage, terminal individuals certainly do. Most haven’t worked in some time and have no income or medical insurance. To make them wait 30 months for Medicare is a complete failing of the system they have paid into!

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your comment Gloria. Under current law, individuals will receive Medicare after they receive disability benefits for 24 months. We start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability, not the month when you received your first check. You may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help with the medical treatment and medications you need while you become eligible for Medicare. You can get information about services in your area from your local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

      • O. O.

        You did not answer her question. Try again.

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