Breast Cancer Survivors
Any other type of chronic persistent infection of the lungs can also potentially qualify under this listing. Such infections more often appear in chronically debilitated people whose immune systems are weakened, such as those who have AIDS or are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.
If anemia is a problem, see the discussion of RFC under Listing 7.02. If you have just started treatment, however, the SSA will not expect symptoms related to chemotherapy such as anemia, weakness and nausea to last the required 12 months chemotherapy is only given for several months. Radiation therapy can also produce acute symptoms, but they also usually improve after treatment. But both chemotherapy and radiation can have long-term side effects. For example, radiation can cause fibrosis of the lungs with resultant cough and shortness of breath a condition known as radiation pneumonitis. Some of the drugs used to treat lymphoma can damage the lungs and heart. Depending on the drugs given and locations of radiation, the kidneys and thyroid gland can be damaged. There are too many possibilities to make broad rules about RFC that would apply to everyone. Cases are evaluated individually. When chronic weakness and easy fatigability are a problem, make sure that the SSA has good examples...
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