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Refining the Treatment of Breast Cancer to Minimize Disability

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently released news of a study that showed that 20% of female breast cancer patients don’t need to have their lymph nodes surgically removed. This is a significant finding, as the removal of lymph nodes can often lead to ancillary medical complications, such as swelling and limitations on the patient’s range of motion, particularly in the arms.

When a person is unable to work because they have undergone surgery for the treatment of breast cancer and were left permanently disabled, he or she may be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Ideally, the findings of this cancer study will give doctors room to explore less invasive treatment options for cancer patients. That in turn would result in less women experiencing disability as a result of their breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast cancer often spreads throughout the body and seems to target lymph nodes in particular. Doctors often remove the lymph nodes in the course of treating aggressive cancers, but the study suggests this is not always necessary-or beneficial-for patients who meet a very specific set of criteria.

As with all medical studies, there are those doctors who have jumped on board with the findings and those who have not. Further studies will be needed to determine the implications of such a significant change in the approach to cancer treatment.

Because so many younger women are suffering from breast cancer, doctors and cancer experts are emphasizing the importance of finding treatment options that have a minimal long-term impact. 

If you are suffering disability after breast cancer, a Plantation Social Security disability representative can talk to you about your eligibility for disability benefits.

Filing for Social Security disability benefits is complicated and time-consuming, but at Disability Help Group, our team of disability representatives is ready for the challenge. We like to empower our clients by providing a FREE Social Security disability guide so you can learn more about the process of filing for disability benefits. When you’re ready to get started, contact the Disability Help Group to begin your claim. Our state-of-the-art, customized intake and database system means less hassle, so you can focus on what’s most important to you instead of having to spend your days wading through confusing legalese and legal red tape. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.