Compassionate Allowances Conditions (CAL) are medical conditions that the Social Security Administration deems eligible for expedited disability benefits. On average, it takes these cases a few weeks to two months to be approved. There are over 200 conditions that are approved for Compassionate Allowance, including various cancers, rare disorders and terminal illnesses that require immediate support. Here, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Disability Associates provide an overview of Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of cancer that qualifies for Compassionate Allowance. 

What is Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that develops as a result of lymphocytes multiplying uncontrollably, producing abnormal cells that can invade body tissue. Lymphocytes are infection-fighting white blood cells that exist in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is more common than Hodgkin Lymphoma and is classified into subtypes depending on the type of lymphocytes that are affected: either B-cells or T-cells. Because there are a variety of types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, oncologists will select treatment plans based on the type of lymphocyte that the cancer affects, what the lymphoma cancer looks like under a microscope, the chromosomal makeup and more. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is most commonly diagnosed in North America and occurs more often in males than females. 

What are the Causes of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

While there is no specific or exact cause of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, there are several medical conditions that increase the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma including immune disorders and deficiencies, genetic syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, bacterial and viral infections, psoriasis, Celiac disease and more. Other factors that may increase the chance of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma include exposure to nuclear material or radiation, chemotherapy and drugs including some immunosuppressants and seizure medication Dilantin. In addition, a family history of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may increase the risk of developing the cancer.

The results of recent litigation suggests that exposure to specific chemicals found in common herbicide and weed killers products, such as Roundup, is linked to the development of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Roundup is commonly used in farming for weed control. 

How is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treated?

Treatment options for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy drugs, immunotherapy, stem cell transplant surgery and more. A qualified endocrinologist will prescribe a treatment plan that is applicable for your individual situation and stage of cancer.

Speak to a Social Security Disability Attorney at Disability Associates Today

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a serious and life-threatening form of cancer that can significantly impact your life and financial situation. That is why Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is included on the list of pre-approved conditions to receive disability benefits so that you more rapidly receive the benefits you deserve. To learn more about Compassionate Allowances and how you can apply, contact the Social Security disability attorneys at Disability Associates today.