The informational graphic provides basic qualifications that Social Security Disability applicants must meet. One basic requirement that people applying for disability benefits must show is that they have worked five of the last ten years. If you meet this requirement, then you may have the necessary work experience. In addition, you must be able to show that a disabling condition will prevent you from working for at least one year.

Cancer is a condition that can cause such long-term disability. Patients undergoing chemotherapy can suffer a range of debilitating side effects such as fatigue, nausea, soreness in the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, and joint pain (i). The weight loss and pain that accompany many treatments often prevent a person from working. During treatment, patients should not have financial worries on their mind when their health is on the line. For this reason, the Social Security lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates follow the motto, “You focus on healing… We’ll focus on your case.” You can rest assured knowing that our attorneys and staff will be working hard to secure the benefits you are entitled to receive.

patient diagnosed with cancer and being treated and will need a social security disability lawyer

In some cases, cancer patients may qualify for Compassionate Allowances offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Compassionate Allowances “are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariabley qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information.” The SSA developed this system to recognize the reality that some conditions are so serious that a disability is almost presumed to be present. This system is important because it allows people suffering these very serious conditions to obtain the benefits they qualify for in a quick and efficient manner. The SSA includes types of carcinomas, leukemias, lymphomas, and other cancers under the list of conditions that qualify for Compassionate Allowances (ii).

Client needing help of a Cranston Social Security Disability Lawyerd’Oliveira & Associates has been helping Rhode Island residents fight for the benefits they deserve. The experienced Social Security Disability lawyers at the law firm can help you prove your condition and they will be with through every step of your appeal. Our attorneys have helped our clients obtain the past due benefits they deserve and there are no legal fees unless we are successful in obtaining the aid you deserve. Our Cranston, Rhode Island office is located at the corner of Reservoir Ave. and Calaman Rd. Feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-992-6878, or fill out an online contact form for a free legal consultation.

d’Oliveira & Associates

751 Reservoir Ave.,
Cranston, RI 02910

Phone: (401) 275-2039


  • (i) American Cancer Society, Chemotherapy Side Effects Worksheet.
  • (ii-iv) Compassionate Allowances, Social Security Administration.