Lymphedema affects as many as 10 million Americans, more than all victims of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, ALS and AIDS combined. It is not uncommon for lymphedema to occur following a surgery to remove lymph nodes, often done during treatments to fight cancer.
Lymph nodes are important in the human body as they act as a filter, trapping viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances flowing through the body. Normally, such infections are fought by white blood cells, but they can be compromised during cancer treatments.
When there is a lack of lymph drainage in the body, fluid may build up in the body’s extremities, often causing edema, or swelling, in the arms and legs. While this swelling could be minor to some, other victims may suffer severe swelling and could seriously impact a person’s physical abilities. Although lymphedema is not specifically listed as a qualifying condition in Social Security Disability’s handbook, any condition that keeps you out of work may qualify.
Millions of Americans suffer from cancer every year. If you or someone you love is suffering from cancer or even lymphedema as a result of cancer treatment, you may wish to consider seeking Social Security disability benefits for illness. If your condition prevents you from maintaining gainful employment and the condition is expected to last at least a year, you may qualify. It is not always easy to fill out the appropriate paperwork, especially since you are already dealing with the condition. You may want to speak with a firm that handles Social Security disability benefits to determine if it is right for you.
Source: WebMD, “Lymphedema – Topic Overview,” Accessed July 21, 2017