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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
wondering if anyone has applied for social security disability? Husband presently working, has PC and acromegaly ( pitutary tumor). Both require surgery. He would like to wait on the RP till April. ( not a good choice, but his choice ). He wants to work until he is layed off in April.  After that procedure and recovery the other dr, wants to take care of his acromegaly ( tumor on the pitutary gland) also surgery. His psa in oct was 4.4. gleason 7 (3+4, and 4+3) He had another psa inn dec , 5.2. But learned this was done after a DRI, not sure of the accuracy on that one. I have just called the dr, to have another psa, to see were he is at. I also found out through his endocrinologist his testoterone levels are low, was not given a number. So that is good for him , ? The difficulty is to get the 2 doctors to talk to each other, maybe connect one problem with the other, seeing the pitutary gland rules the hormones. We just get " there is no evidence of that"
 I do understand the ssd, needs to be a disability for 12 months or longer. and income can not exceed 1000. a month.  I understand his concern to work, if he gets laid off, unemployment benifits, if he continues to work if the SSd is even a option. But I understand the urgency to this, it is convincing to him. thought?

James C.
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I really don't think he would be able to get SSD for such a short term period that he will use for recovery. It can't hurt to ask though, so look for your closest SS office or look online at the main site.

If you husband was a boots on the ground Vietnam veteran, or served in the brown water Navy, or certain Naval ships or Air Force bases that handled Agent Orange in SE during that time he will probably be eligible for disability thru the VA. If he seems eligible, contact your county Veteran Affairs Service Officer
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
not a veteran. I also wanted to added. I know suppliments are not a cure, but I want to improve his diet, and add some suppliments to help him now if he continues to wait.

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   Posted 1/29/2011 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Klains,

Not so sure SS will consider Prostate Surgery a disability, but it does not hurt to ask. Note there are 2 different types if Social Security Disability, SSD and
SSDI /SSI. I believe the SSDI/SSI has the $1k salary limitation and is designed for low or no income individuals, the I stands for Income supplementation

There are a lot of writings that Vitamin D levels of at least level 50, "MAY" reduce or prevent certain types of cancer. Before starting on taking D3 supplements have your husband go for a D blood test (25-Hydroxy) , his GP can do it and he will have a start point

Any diet improvement that will result in ,lower weight, lower cholesterol, lower BP will help in his recovery from Surgery, even 5lbs less helps

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   Posted 1/29/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Other guys have take casodex or generic equals while they wait out to do surgery at some later date, it will keep PCa at bay and you can remain pretty normalish while doing this. It is one option and has been done by others, might make surgery a little more work for the surgeon, but others have successfully done this. Just an idea of course, some docs acknowledge this protocol and some others avoid even talking about it. Just shows again how controversial PCa can be.
Dx-2002 total urinary blockage, bPsa 46.6 12/12 biopsies all loaded 75-95% vol.; Gleasons scores 7,8,9's (2-sets), gland size 35, ct and bone scans look clear- ADT3 5 months prior to radiations neutron/photon 2-machines, cont'd. ADT3, quit after 2 yrs. switched to DES 1-mg, off 1+ yr., controlled well, resumed, used intermittently, resumed useage

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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had looked at the site earlier, and found the following. It looks to me like qualifying for the average PCa survivor would be almost impossible unless there was BCR or some devastating problem with the treatment.

The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.

"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments.

-- from another SSA page:

For all individuals applying for disability benefits under title II, and for adults applying under title XVI, the definition of disability is the same. The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.




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   Posted 1/29/2011 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Social Security disability is very difficult to get and can take several years for those who do qualify. The first and second applications are routinely denied without serious review. Only those that are persistent end up with any benefit and it is most difficult to navigate the process without an attorney that specializes in obtaining benefits.

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   Posted 1/29/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am already over 2 years into the Social Security Disability Game. Got turned down the 1st time as expected, that's a given. When through the entire Re-consideration process. After many months, I get a phone call saying that is is basically approved, 3 days later, from the same office in Baltimore, I get my 2nd rejection.

I now have a top notch attorney that does nothing but SS cases, she said there is no normal way to win without an attorney. They have been very aggressive on my case so far, and I am expecting a full settlement including 2 years of back pay, minus the attorney's cut.

For regular PC surgery and recover, no chance of any payment. I have had 8 surgeries, 2 months of radiation that went bad and now a Urostomy surgery, and with all that, it still has been a fight.

Also, even though it would make sense, SS will refuse to talk to your doctors, and when I demanded to be examine by their doctors, they turned down that request too. I am not some bum wanting a free ride, I have paid into the SS system every single year since 1968. It's a terrible system to fight. Don't do it without a lawyer from the start, that is the lesson I have learned.

Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10
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