Men who have been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and as a result are unable to work may be able to qualify for social security disability benefits.  Under the current regulations any man who is metastatic, has late stage, and/or terminal prostate cancer should automatically meet the SSA’s eligibility requirements for disability benefits.

If you have late stage prostate cancer you should be able to receive a confirmation of their benefits within a few weeks of making your application.  When making decisions the SSA office relies on a standardized guide called the SSA Blue Book. Prostate cancer appears under section 13.24 of the Blue Book and requires that your cancer has progressed or returned after initial treatment, or that you have metastatic prostate cancer that has spread to your internal organs.

To obtain benefits you must submit an application along with a release allowing the SSA office to obtain your medical records supporting your claim.  The SSA office can required any number of medical records, however the most commonly required information includes your biopsy results or other diagnostic tests, a report from your oncologist explaining the diagnosis, your treatments and their affects, and your prognosis. If you have advanced metastasized disease they will also be looking for X-rays, CT scans, PET scans, or other radiological evidence. In addition they will want to see your surgical reports if you have any.

To get information about the application process, how to apply and the kinds of information you’ll be required to provide you should review the SSA’s disability starter kit.  You can also contact the SSA directly by calling 1-800-772-1213.