Is cancer classed as a disability?
The Equality Act considers a diagnosis of cancer as a disability. You don’t have to have symptoms or consider yourself disabled by your cancer to be covered.
Cancer patients of working age who are under financial stress may be eligible to receive assistance through Centrelink under a range of payments. For people unable to work 15 or more hours per week for at least two years due to illness, injury or disability. This has an income/assets test requirement.
Why is cancer considered a disability?
Cancer of any type, grade, and stage is clearly disabling. The physical and psychological effects of the disease in addition to the side effects of radiation, chemotherapy, or biological treatments, usually make it impossible to work while fighting cancer.
What cancers qualify for Social Security disability?
If you have been diagnosed one of the following cancers, you should automatically, medically qualify for disability benefits:
- Esophageal cancer.
- Gallbladder cancer.
- Brain cancer.
- Inflammatory breast cancer.
- Liver cancer.
- Pancreatic cancer.
- Salivary cancers.
- Sinonasal cancer.
Can you get extra benefits if you have cancer?
You may qualify for government benefits if you have cancer or care for someone with cancer. This might be to help support you if you have to stop working, or for extra costs.
Can I lose my job if I have cancer?
You have the right to request up to 12 weeks off for medical reasons related to your cancer battle without losing your job. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) also gives your family members the right to request medical leave.
What benefits are cancer patients entitled to?
If you get monthly SSDI payments for cancer or related conditions, you are entitled to cash assistance and possibly several state benefit programs. You may also be eligible for Medicare, even if you are under age 65, or for Medicaid on the basis of need.
Is Stage 4 cancer considered a disability?
In general, any cancer that is Stage IV or terminal will automatically qualify a person to receive disability benefits. A very serious cancer diagnosis qualifies for the Compassionate Allowance program, which expedites the claim for disability benefits to start receiving money quickly.
How do I apply for disability for cancer?
Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for Form SSA-7005 (Request for Social Security Statement). Complete the form and return it to the Social Security Administration. Request a statement online through Social Security’s website at www.ssa.gov.
What benefits can I claim if I have leukemia?
In most cases, leukemia automatically qualifies for disability benefits for 12 to 24 months before a reevaluation of your eligibility is necessary. In other cases though, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must determine that you’ll be out of work for a year or longer.
Can I retire early if I have cancer?
Early retirement due to ill health
If you have or have had cancer, you may be able to retire and claim any private pensions early because of ill health. Your illness usually has to be permanent and stopping you from working.
What happens to your job if you get cancer?
Having cancer does not necessarily mean you will stop working. You might take time off for appointments, treatments, or extra rest. You might work as much as possible or take a leave of absence and return later. There are benefits to working even when you have cancer.