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Study Highlights Challenges for Individuals with Lung Cancer, Allsup Reports
Date:11/15/2013

Belleville, IL (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

This year, an estimated 228,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 160,000 people will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. New research about treating lung cancer points to the importance of individuals understanding their options through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, according to Allsup. The company, which is observing National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, has helped hundreds of thousands of people receive their SSDI benefits.

“Lung cancer is the third-highest category of cancer when it comes to people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for cancer-related diagnoses,” said Ed Swierczek, senior claimant representative at Allsup. “Its effects can be severe and include shortness of breath, coughing that won’t go away and chest pain, as well as chronic respiratory infections.”

A recent study, “Clinician Perceptions of Care Difficulty, Quality of Life, and Symptom Reports for Lung Cancer Patients,” provides insights into how medical professionals see the challenges of treating lung cancer. Reported this month in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the study looked at more than 3,000 patients with lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer, and their treating clinicians. When asked to rate their cancer patients’ quality of life and other characteristics, medical professionals rated lung cancer patients as more difficult to treat, having a poorer quality of life and higher symptom reports, when compared with the other cancer groups. The study cited the need for more research into the diff
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