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Allsup Sponsors Survivors Tent at American Cancer Society Relay for Life,
East St. Louis

Social Security Disability Insurance is an important resource for cancer survivors who cannot work during or after treatment

Belleville, Ill.—July 13, 2016—The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is expected to increase to more than 20 million over the next decade. Many of them will not be able to continue or return to work, according to Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company.

Allsup team members work with cancer survivors to help them obtain their SSDI benefits. Allsup will sponsor the Survivor’s Tent at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in East St. Louis on Friday, July 22.

“SSDI is an important financial, healthcare and re-employment resource for cancer survivors who can’t work during or after treatment,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances.  “At the same time they experience lost income, they must deal with increased healthcare costs and physical, psychological and emotional demands.”

The study, Estimating the Health and Economic Burden of Cancer Among Those Diagnosed as Adolescents and Young Adults released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that from 2008-2011, male cancer survivors had annual medical costs of more than $8,000 per person, and productivity losses of $3,700 compared to males without a history of cancer at $3,900 and $2,300 respectively. During the same time, female cancer survivors had $8,400 in annual medical costs per person and $4,000 in productivity losses compared to females without a history of cancer at $5,100 and $2,700, respectively.

Obtaining SSDI benefits can help relieve some of the financial and healthcare stresses, so patients and survivors can focus on their health and well-being.

SSDI helps with finances

The average monthly SSDI payment in 2016 is $1,166. Filing for SSDI also can help cancer survivors protect their retirement income by freezing their Social Security earnings record during their period of disability. Because the years in which they collect SSDI benefits are not counted when computing future benefits, Social Security retirement benefits may be higher than if earnings were averaged over a greater number of years.

SSDI helps with healthcare

Healthcare costs may be mitigated with access to Medicare 24 months after SSDI cash benefits begin. Click here to see Allsup’s detailed explanation of the full range of SSDI benefits, including information on dependent’s benefits.

SSDI helps with re-employment

When and if they are able to re-enter the workforce, cancer survivors who receive SSDI are also eligible for Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, which offers career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. Click here for more information on returning to work while protecting your SSDI benefits.

Allsup helps with SSDI screening and application

Cancer patients and survivors who have not been able to work or anticipate not being able to work for 12 months or more may be eligible for SSDI benefits. Request a complimentary evaluation at or by calling (888) 841-2126.


Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, re-employment, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Illinois, near St. Louis. Visit or connect with Allsup at


Tai Venuti
(618) 236-8573  

Rebecca Ray
(618) 236-5065