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Testicular Cancer can I get SSDI?

Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “If I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer will I immediately qualify for SSDI benefits? I can do some work but I am afraid with doctor’s appointments and treatments I may miss quite a bit of work.”


Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI is one type of disability benefits provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Workers will only qualify for SSDI benefits if they have been earning credits by working and paying payroll taxes, they have a condition which is expected to last 12 continuous months and they will not have the ability to perform substantial gainful activity.

If you can work or you are working too many hours, if you are not insured for SSDI benefits, or if your condition is not severe enough or will not last 12 continuous months you can be denied SSDI, regardless of the severity of your testicular cancer.

What is testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer is currently one of the most common types of cancers diagnosed in men ages fifteen through thirty-five. It is located inside the testicles of a man and if not treated soon after detection it can move to other parts of the body. The goods, however, is that with early diagnosis and treatment it is generally easy to treat.

Diagnosing testicular cancer

There are a variety of different symptoms which may indicate that you have testicular cancer. Some of the most common include:

Because some of these symptoms may indicate you have other conditions which may or may not be cancerous, it is important to go to a doctor if you notice anything unusual or experience any unusual groin pain.

Winning SSDI benefits for testicular cancer

As mentioned above, because early detection and treatment is generally successful to treat testicular cancer, there is no guarantee that a diagnosis for testicular cancer will automatically result in SSDI benefits. In fact, many workers have received a cancer diagnosis but are able to continue to work their current job or find less strenuous new employment.

So how will the SSA determine if your cancer is severe enough to win benefits? First, they will determine if it “meets or exceeds” a listing in the SSA’s official guidebook of disabling conditions and symptoms. For example, testicular cancer is currently evaluated under listing 13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases, Section 13.25.

To meet or exceed this listing you will have to prove that your cancer is recurrent or it has metastasized despite initial chemotherapy. Next, the SSA will determine the “origin of malignancy, the extent of involvement, and the duration and the frequency of treatment.”

Denied, condition not severe enough to meet a listing

If the SSA denies your claim because they believe it does not meet or equal a listing in some cases you can appeal the denial. To win your denial you will have to present more medical evidence that your condition is so severe that you do not have the residual capacity to work. This process is called a medical vocational allowance.

Talk to a lawyer if you have questions about your denial. Winning through a medical vocational allowance can be very difficult, especially for younger claimants.

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