Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Cholangiocarcinoma patients in the United States can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on the Social Security website via the compassionate allowances program.

Social Security defines cholangiocarcinoma as an approved medical condition under section 13.00 Cancer- Adult → 13.19 Liver or Gallbladder – cancer of the liver, gallbladder, or bile ducts. It is also identified in the compassionate allowances list of conditions under Gallbladder Cancer (alternative names are Cholangiocarcinoma, Klatskin Tumor, Biliary Duct Cancer) and under Liver Cancer (alternative names are listed as Hepatocellular cancers, Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma).

“Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits.”

- Social Security website