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Comdon
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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Gentlemen, does Pca qualify for SS disability benefits? Input
Don K

lifeguyd
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Comdon said...
Gentlemen, does Pca qualify for SS disability benefits? Input
Don K
I have never heard of anyone getting benefits after Pca treatment.  If you suffer from long term treatment that precludes your going to work, I would think that it should.
 
Disability benefits are paid when the individual is unable to work due to their physical problems.  I would think a case could be made for a cancer disability.
PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , nodule noted during DRE
Biopsy 10/16/06 ,stageT2A
Aggressive Gleason 4+4=8  right side
DaVinci Surgery  January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8
No extension or invasion identified
Few continence problems
PSA 90 day (-.01)  , (6 month -.01) , (9 month +.02) , (1 year +.02) ( 18 months +.02) (two years+.02)
One side nerve spared
success but some plaque with bimix 
born in 1941


Gene214
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 422
   Posted 1/24/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Medicare does cover implants... they did mine.  Also, the month I turned 65, Medicare also covered my heart stints.  Medicare plus your suplement insurance should cover nearly 100%.  I actually did receive a bill for $250, but I appealed and they put it back in the "mill", & have not heard any more for about two months.  But I have never heard of Social Security itself covering anything, however.  Don't know about disability. 
 
Gene214


PC diagnosed 12-06 @ age 63
Radical open removal 2-14-07, Gleason 3+3=6
Removal of stricture 6-07, incontinence continues
Scheduled for AUS & IPP 05-08
Surgeon cancelled one day pre-surgery, due to cardiac concerns
Nuclear stress 5/13/08
3 stents 5/27
AUS, IPP implanted 07-16-08
AUS, IPP was activated on 08-18-08.  They both work!
10-20-08 went back to surgeon for a follow-up.  Both devices are working very good and surgeon was very pleased that I am very pleased.
 


keepingon
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   Posted 1/24/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been turned down twice, I was told for my third appeal that it would be 20 months before I see anyone. So I stated complaining, Then they changed it to August of 2009, still not soon enough for my condition <T4> stage. So I wrote my senator, she got a hold of the SSA and I got a letter back last Thursday, saying based on my statement we maybe able to issue a favorable decision without a hearing.  But I also have Macular Degeration <blind in one eye trying to keep the left eye, no cure for this also>. My advice, keep trying they always turn ya down twice. It is  real pain in the A%%.
Update: I got my dissabiluity and s.s., it pays to contact yout senater. It took only two months after contacting the senator.


Found out Jan. 07
g\8
psa 116
The doc said chemo or radiation was not an option.
Started Lupron to shrink it before surgery, did not work.
Radical prostentechomy Sept. 5.
Couldn't get it all, it was outside the sack and into lower lymph nodes.
Cathader removed about 3 months.
Incontinont for about 3 months
Peranial rectal absesses w/ drains for about 4 months <MRSA>
Continued Lupron until Oct. 08 <psa.04 to .06>.
Started losing weight. <194 to 170>
Now trying Zoladex, next shot in Dec. 18, then we will see what the PSA is, before deciding on future treatments.
Now in the T4 stage
Side effects:
Lupron=memory, tired all the time, joints and muscle aches, hot flashes.
Zoladex=memory, tired after doing something, left back rib cage is tender when inhaling, all joints and muscles below the waist ache, the worst is the left hip.
Went to the doc's today 12-18-08, stopped Zoladex today waitin on blood work to come back.
Blood work came back .07. now back on Zoladex for three months then we will see what happens.

Post Edited (keepingon) : 2/24/2009 12:16:57 PM (GMT-7)


lifeguyd
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   Posted 1/24/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Gene214 said...
Medicare does cover implants... they did mine.  Also, the month I turned 65, Medicare also covered my heart stints.  Medicare plus your suplement insurance should cover nearly 100%.  I actually did receive a bill for $250, but I appealed and they put it back in the "mill", & have not heard any more for about two months.  But I have never heard of Social Security itself covering anything, however.  Don't know about disability. 
 
Gene214

Yes Social Security (Medicare) after age 65+ will pay fully for a variety of medical needs involving PCa.  What we were talking about is "Social Security Disability payments".  This is the payment prior to age 65 (sometimes 63+) of regular social security income.  This requires the difficult "proof" that you are partially or fully disabled. That means unable to work at a job due to your physical problems.  I was able to collect full disability benefits starting at age 58.  It requires a very high proof of disability, that as far as I know does not include recovery from prostate cancer. I would rather have gone to work every day.

PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , nodule noted during DRE
Biopsy 10/16/06 ,stageT2A
Aggressive Gleason 4+4=8  right side
DaVinci Surgery  January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8
No extension or invasion identified
Few continence problems
PSA 90 day (-.01)  , (6 month -.01) , (9 month +.02) , (1 year +.02) ( 18 months +.02) (two years+.02)
One side nerve spared
success but some plaque with bimix 
born in 1941


Comdon
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 1/26/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your responses. I am 54 and not near medicare eligibility and was looking for the supplement of disability. I have been to the SS website and definition of disability is not clearly stated, What is stated in 13.02 is Pca treatment failure of Hormonal therapy, is the criteria for recieving benefits.
I will add some details to my signature. Keep sharing your stories. I learn so much from all of you.

Comdon
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 1/26/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
My details are added now. I was a little sheepish asking about the SS benefits, But I am looking at retirement and all that goes with that issue. It is very hard to leave a job these days.
Thanks
DonK
Age 53 @ DX
start age 45, 8 yrs tracking PSA at .4-1.5 / DRE suspicious-lumpy left side/Biopsy @ 2001-neg, 2005-neg then in 2007- PSA 2.5/ Biopsy-4left pos, 4 right-neg/Gleason 4+4=8 /
Davinci RP June 17, 2007@ Henry Ford, Detroit./ pT3bN1Mx/ seminal vesicles-yes; 1 of 4 Nodes=pos/Margins=clear/
Recovery very good, 10 days catheter, physically excellent. Sexual dept, showed good signs, injections  for 2 mos. Cialis a couple more mos. Now 80%, no drugs and no complaints. I would trade this for 0's
PSA's. 8/07=.008;11/07=.028;2/08=.062;5/08=.162;8/08=.219
11/08,To Oncologist, Wm Beaumomt Hosp, IMRT 36 trmts. starting PSA=.2, after 30 trtmts,1/09=.1
 


Tony Crispino
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Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 1/26/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Andrew,
Thank you for the heartfelt post. I sure am glad you are with us. Stay tough, buddy! We love you and need you here.

All,
I know that cancer is a disability, but not sure the best way to fight with SSA. My oncologist knew I wasn't working when after my surgery I was in need of his services. He told me that cancer is a disability and can be compensated by the government while I wasn't working. It did not matter why I wasn't working. To put it to rest, I was hired a few weeks later by a group of people with huge hearts. I still work for them.

Tony


Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 15, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Todd1963
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be following this post closely as I may or may not be failing hormone therapy. I have been pulled off of the casodex and possibly the lupron as my psa has been doubling every three months. I wish to work at least a year but would prefer to stay working as it would mean that my health is still good Todd

dx:06/03/06
Age at dx: 42 age now 45
Treated for sciatic nerve pain 6 months prior to dx.
Heavy amount of blood in urine Unable to urinate 
Lung x-ray for pnumonia revealed multiple lesions in each lung
P.S.A. at time of dx. 3216.14
Began lupron and casodex
Cat scan showed large mass in the pelvic area affecting the bladder multiple nodules in both lungs and lymph node envolvement.
Bone scan revealed possible bone involvment in the pelvic area
Biopsy 12 of 12 cores positive gleason 3+4=7
P.S.A.s since lupron 2946, 1274, 532, 5.01 1.23, .09
Begining jan 08 psa .o9, .25, .44, .86, .73, 1.34, 1.49. Doubling time is a little over 3 months
Cat Scan 12/12/08 Prostate normal size and shape. No tumors detected. Left lung clear of all nodules right lung showing only benign scar tissue. Lymph nodes normal
Bone Scan 12/24/08. Clean!!!


justus1292
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 3/25/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Medicare A & B pretty much cover 80% and my insurance took care of the rest.
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