Because every cancer is different, Social Security has come up with guidelines for each type of the common cancers to determine if they qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The following is the guidelines Social Security has put out regarding cancer of the nervous system.

13.13 Nervous system. (See 13.00K6.) 

  1. Primary central nervous system (CNS; that is brain and spinal cord) cancers, as described in 1,2 or 3:
  2. Glioblastoma multiforme, ependymoblastoma, and diffuse intrinsic brain stem gliomas (see 13.00K6a).
  3. Any Grade III or Grade IV CNS cancer (see 13.00K6b), including astrocytomas, sarcomas, and medulloblastoma and other primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs).
  4. Any primary CNS cancer, as described in a or b:
  5. Metastatic.
  6. Progressive or recurrent following initial anticancer therapy.


  1. Primary peripheral nerve or spinal root cancers, as described in 1 or 2:
  2. Metastatic.
  3. Progressive or recurrent following initial anticancer therapy.

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If you have cancer of the nervous system you may qualify for disability benefits. Having an experienced disability attorney who will fight for you can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. Call us today for your free evaluation and let our experience work for you.



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