Prostate Cancer Roundtable Takes Action!

Prostate Cancer Roundtable Commends SSA for Inclusion of
Hormone-Refractory Prostate Cancer in Diagnoses Eligible for
Compassionate Allowances InitiativeWashington DC, January 15, 2014 – The membership of the Prostate
Cancer Roundtable today thanked the Social Security Administration
(SAA) and Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, for their
announcement that a diagnosis of hormone-refractory prostate cancer
would be included in the updated list of more than 200 diagnoses
making patients eligible for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances
initiative.The Compassionate Allowance initiative provides expedited review of
applications for disability assistance from individuals diagnosed with
specific medical conditions that are so disabling that they invariably
meet SSA’s requirements.Launched in 2008 with a list of 50 diseases and conditions, the
Compassionate Allowances program is aimed at identifying medical
diagnoses that clearly meet the statutory standard for disability.
When individuals with those diagnoses apply for disability assistance,
they receive fast-track review so that they are notified of the final
decision within days.The Roundtable also thanks Congressman Elijah Cunningham (D, MD) and
his staff for their efforts in encouraging inclusion of advanced forms
of prostate cancer on the SSA’s list of diagnoses eligible for the
Compassionate Allowances program.

The Roundtable’s members plan to work closely with the SSA in upcoming
weeks to gain detailed insight from the SSA regarding their definition
of “Prostate cancer – hormone-refractory disease — or with visceral
metastases” (which is the precise diagnosis listed by SSA as being
eligible for Compassionate Allowance).

About the Prostate Cancer Roundtable:

The Prostate Cancer Roundtable, representing America’s prostate cancer
community, is a group of independent, patient-centric, not-for-profit
organizations that cooperate to foster the development of policies
supporting high quality prostate cancer research, the prevention and
early detection of clinically significant prostate cancer, the
appropriate care and effective treatment of men with prostate cancer,
and the appropriate education of all men at risk for this disease.

The following members of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable support this statement:

• Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure (

• Malecare Prostate Cancer Support (

• Men’s Health Network (

• National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (

• Prostate Cancer International (

• Prostate Conditions Education Council (

• Prostate Health Education Network (

• The Prostate Net (

• Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

• Women Against Prostate Cancer (

• ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer (

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