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The Compassionate Allowance Program: A Considerable Support for Lymphoma Cases Caused By Roundup

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on October 24th, 2018

People who have been affected by Roundup, or by other factors, and suffer from a severe type of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma needn't lose hope. By applying to this program, patients will have a better chance of undergoing high-quality treatment which will improve survival rates.

Lymphoma is a form of cancer which originates in the lymphatic system and it's the most common blood cancer in the United States. Approximately 1.5 million people around the world are currently living with lymphoma. This type of cancer involves cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Doctors classify more than 70 cancer types as lymphomas. The two predominant types are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma is a highly curable form of cancer, while the prognosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma depends on the specific type.

Quick Facts

Causes and Risk Factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A number of risk factors include:

Signs and symptoms. Symptoms tend to be fairly non-specific and to have similar characteristics with other illnesses. Some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever without infection
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Decreasing appetite
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe or frequent infections
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Headache
  • Double vision

Diagnostic and Treatment

Usually, diagnostic evaluation takes about three to five days. An accurate diagnosis is essential to developing a treatment plan. Each patient responds differently to treatment, which one is right for you depends on the type and stage of the disease and other important factors such as your overall health and your preferences. The purpose of treatment is to destroy as many cancer cells are possible and bring the disease into remission. Lymphoma treatments include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted drugs and stem cell transplants.

Survival Outlook

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable types of cancer. Survival rates for both lymphoma types depend upon how far the cancerous cells have spread. The five-year survival rate for people with stage I Hodgkin lymphoma is about 90%. For people with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, the survival rate is inferior. Along with the stage of the Hodgkin lymphoma, other factors may affect a person's prognosis and divide the disease into favorable and unfavorable groups, which can influence how intense the treatment needs to be.

What Resources Are Available

Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented in 2008, a program called the Compassionate Allowance initiative. The aim of the initiative is to identify disabling conditions that qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits. Compassionate Allowances help to expedite the application process and get your benefits as soon as possible.

The Compassionate Allowances Program Explained

Certain conditions are so severe that without any doubt they meet the SSA definition of disability. To be considered disabled you must meet the following criteria: you can no longer perform your occupation or adjust to other work because of your medical condition, your medical condition must last for at least one year or to result in death. Aggressive or advanced cancers are known as "Compassionate Allowance" conditions and qualify for expedited disability approval. The immediate confirmation for disability benefits is crucial, as the diseases are often aggressive enough to cause death in a short period of time, although not all of the diseases on the list are necessarily terminal. The Compassionate Allowances process use computer technology to identify qualified applications. Once your application is complete, your disability claim is electronically transferred to your state's DDS office. Some information is needed, such as the medical name of your diagnosed condition, the type, and quantity of medications being taken, and person information like age, education, and work history. If you are applying for disability benefits based on a cancer diagnosis, a biopsy report is required.

How to Apply for a Compassionate Allowance

In order to qualify for Social Disability, you must be completely disabled. Compassionate allowances include now over 200 conditions which are qualified for the program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is considering other conditions and periodically update the list of accepted conditions. To file for a Compassionate Allowance, there is no separate application. Therefore it is required to first apply for SSA programs that pay disability benefits. These two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The SSA will determine which applications have disabilities that qualify for Compassionate Allowance Program (CAL).

Quick Approval

CAL disability cases can be processed in a short time. The goal of Compassionate Allowances is to speed the approval process for those with severe disabilities such as terminal cancers.

Filling for Social Security Disability with Lymphoma

Lymphomatoid granulomatosis grade III is one of the conditions that have been recently included in the SSA's Compassionate Allowance guidance. It is important to note that in order to qualify for disability benefits, you need to fill out disability application forms. To support your claim, you have to provide the SSA with enough medical evidence. Under the Compassionate Allowances program, patients diagnosed with lymphomatoid granulomatosis Grade III are among those who may qualify for claim processing under expedited guidelines.

Working Together with The Lymphoma Patient

Denials of social security benefits are very common, but not all hope is lost, as you have the right to fight your claim in federal court. Often, the SSD process can be confusing, stressful, and difficult to overcome. Having the support of an advocate who practices Social Security Disability law could smoothen this process and increase the chances of your claim approval.