Cancer Basket Therapy

Question 4

Some SSA listings criteria allow a finding of disabled based on the site or origin of the cancer. For example, liver, bile duct, and gallbladder cancers have very poor prognoses. These malignancies are usually diagnosed late, when they are already at an advanced stage, making them very difficult to treat. The listings find people with these cancers disabled solely upon confirmed diagnosis. The same is true for cancer of the pancreas that does not originate in the pancreatic islet cells. Should these cancers remain allowances upon confirmed diagnosis if basket therapies result in progression-free survival, even for advanced disease?


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