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Question about Cancer.......CARBON110
Feb 8, 2003 9:08 AM
Hey guys, a friend of mine has Cancer and he is only 19. He needs help paying for his college loans and stuff. His health care is all taken care of thank God, but his 2 year college loans are hitting him hard since he cant work and is in remission. Anyone know of an orginaization that helps out in such matters? I am trying to contact LAF to get some advice from them too. Thanks I apprciate it
re: Question about Cancer.......js5280
Feb 8, 2003 10:28 AM
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend and hope he recovers quickly and completely. I had testicular cancer at 25, I'm 31 now. I just finished applying for federal financial aid and remember reading some information on deferments. Here's a link to some information I found on the web:

http://www.nolo.com/lawcenter/ency/article.cfm/objectID/63C80677-0D3E-4505-AC3B7782841603F6/catID/2E00F7A7-E208-4858-BD0B8308A4D30D8A#Conditions_for_canceling

It looks like you should be able to postpone payments under the "Temporary Total Disability" terms. Also, if your friend doesn't survive, student loans should be 100% dismissed. That was my understanding as well from what I read here recently. Here's the official government link for help with student loans and I imagine official information for submitting the deferment: http://www.sfahelp.ed.gov

Lastly, I'm wondering if your friend has testicular cancer? Cancer at that age is pretty rare except for testicular cancer. If it is testicular cancer, I HIGHLY recommend the Testicular Cancer Resource Center (TCRC) and the TC-Net. The TCRC ( http://tcrc.acor.org/ )is the best source of information for TC patients and their families on the web. I've been actively involved with the site for over 6 years now. The TC-Net is a email discussion group where you can get first-hand answers to questions from other testicular cancer survivors. To me it has been an invaluable resource and you will get the best information out there. The President of the TCRC and TC-Net is Doug Bank and he is in close contact with the experts in the field (Einhart, Nichols, etc.). TC is a rare cancer so even many doctors aren't familiar with the details of it's treatment. Case in point, the doctor who put Lance on Bleomycin which would of ruined his cycling career had he continued the protocol.

If your friend has some other type of cancer, I'd recommend checking out http://www.acor.org/ where similar resources to the TCRC and TC-Net can be found.

Again, good luck to your friend. I there is anything I can do, feel free to contact me at my email. Should be available through an email me button or in my profile. It is my obligation as a cancer survivor to help others facing the disease whenever I can.
My brother's a 30-year survivor of TC; 2nd the recommendationcory
Feb 10, 2003 8:46 AM
If it IS testicular cancer, that's not the worst news he could have--my brother is a very early survivor thanks to some then-experimental treatments that form the basis of modern therapy. He's been cancer-free for 30 years this summer. There was no internet in those days, but he's stayed in touch with some of his doctors and other patients in his experimental group, and they stress the need to get as much information as you can. TCRC and TC-Net are really good. There's some psychological benefit, too, from being able to discuss problems with people who have been through them, rather than just hearing about it from a medical professional.
Thank you both very much...........CARBON110
Feb 11, 2003 5:36 AM
I really appreciate you sharing information and experience. It is not however testicular cancer but rather bone cancer. Again thanks alot for your responses and I wish you both the best. I agree with you completely from your last statement. Also thanks so much for the links ...they were a great help
One moremoneyman
Feb 11, 2003 7:23 AM
Try this --->http://www.laf.org/education_resources/resources.html

I have personal experience with the business side of the LAF. An outstanding resource, and the links found here may be able to offer some help and some hope.

Good luck.

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