A diagnosis of testicular cancer can dramatically change a man’s life. Many patients are burdened by concerns about their ability to provide for their family when they should be focused on available options and treatments for recovery. While most cases of testicular cancer can be effectively treated, it frequently demands unpleasant treatments that can make employment difficult. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the gravity of a testicular cancer diagnosis by placing it in its “Blue Book” Listing of Impairments. Patients who meet the SSA’s eligibility requirements and can not work may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. To learn more about Social Security Disability benefits, visit this page.
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer is a form of cancer that grows in the testes, which are positioned beneath the penis inside the scrotum. It is the most frequent type of cancer in American men aged 15 to 35. Seminomas, a slow-growing type of cancer that can often migrate to the lymph nodes, and nonseminomas, an aggressive, rapid-growing cancer that can spread to other body regions, are the two forms of testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is often diagnosed in only one testicle.
Testicular cancer can cause a multitude of symptoms that range from unpleasant to severe to incapacitating, such as:
- A lump or swelling in either testicle
- A heavy feeling in the scrotum
- Pain in the testicles, back, or lower abdomen
- Sudden fluid retention in the scrotum
- Discomfort in the testicles or scrotum
While doctors and scientists are not sure what causes testicular cancer, it happens when cells change and expand out of control, resulting in a tumorous mass. A man’s risk of acquiring testicular cancer is increased by several variables, including an undescended testicle, faulty testicular development, and having a family member with testicular cancer. This cancer kind is also more common in caucasian men.
SS benefits for testicular cancer.
Patients who match the criteria for the SSA’s testicular cancer listing will most likely be qualified for Social Security Disability benefits. To be authorized, cancer must have progressed from the testicles to another region of the body or recurred after the initial round of treatment was completed. Testicular cancer victims must include medical documents diagnosing the kind of testicular cancer, documenting the development of cancer, and outlining the various treatments tried thus far before filing their application to the SSA.
Even if a patient does not fulfill the Blue Book criteria, they may be eligible for benefits if they can prove that cancer or its remedies make it impossible for them to work and have kept them out of work for a year or longer. Speak with an expert attorney today to learn more.