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Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance | www.Colo-OvarianCancer.org

1777 S. Bellaire Street, Suite 170 | Denver, Colorado 80222

303-506-7014  |  1-800-428-0642

Disability Benefits

How to apply for Disability Benefits with Ovarian Cancer

Receiving any type of cancer diagnosis can bring up an array of emotions. On top of it all, extensive treatment may also necessitate extended periods of time away from work. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has devised the Compassionate Allowances program to help reduce some of the financial burdens that can accompany certain debilitating diseases and/or disorders.

Ovarian Cancer is one of the conditions that qualify as a Compassionate Allowance. If you have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, it is extremely important that you start the application process as soon as possible in order to minimize the delay in receiving your disability benefits.

Medically Qualifying with Ovarian Cancer

The Social Security Administration maintains listings of impairments in their blue book manual. They have a specific listing for Ovarian Cancer and this covers all forms of ovarian cancer, including germ-cell, sarcoma, and Epithelial carcinoma. 

Germ- Cell Ovarian Cancer qualifies under this listing only if it has recurred after initial treatment. With a Epithelial Carcinoma or Sarcoma form however, your medical records must show:

  • Tumors that go beyond the pelvis, like those that have adhered to the bowels or peritoneal tissues

  • OR, metastatic tumors in the lymph nodes, regional or distant

  • OR, recurrence after initial treatment 

Applying for Benefits


There are two types of diability benefits that ovarian cancer patients can apply for:


If applying in person, an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-772-1213

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

CAUTION: If you are currently enrolled in Medicaid, an increase in income due to SSDI payments could cause you to lose your Medicaid coverage. Follow the steps below to help determine whether applying for SSDI is the right choice for you. 

  1. Create an account and login to www.ssa.gov

  2. Click on "My Social Security"

  3. Click on "Estimated Benefits"

  4. Scroll down to " Disability"  to find the estimated monthly amount of your disability benefits. 

  5. Go to www.healthfirstcolorado.com to find out whether you will continue to qualify for Medicaid based on your household size and your monthly income including your estimated SSDI benefit.

  6. If your monthly income, incuding your estimated SSDI benefit, is over the amount shown on the Medicaid income guidelines, you will most likely lose your Medicaid coverage. 

Please contact one of our Carol's Wish Financial Advocates to help you determine the best course of action.