Resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.


Suggestions, comments, and corrections should be sent via email to:

Patty, the editor/webmaster/author.

This web site is not the project of any organization. (See below.) If you want to send me something via snail mail, or if you would like me to review a book, contact me via e-mail and I will send you my mailing address.

Editor's note

These pages were not written by medical professionals. My name is Patty and I am the editor and major contributor. The other contributors to the pages are often parents of children with cancer, parents from all walks of life who have learned a lot about medical practices, and about life with a cancer child. Many people from the online mailing lists have provided information for the pages.

I try my best to write and maintain accurate information. When applicable, my references are listed.

My own qualifications are these: Parent of a young adult who had acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a teen, Lab Coordinator for Organic Chemistry at CU Boulder, M.S. in Biochemistry, CU Boulder, and, perhaps I should include, computer addict and obsessed web surfer.

These writings are never to be substituted for personal consultations with your doctors.

Pages originally launched: 1/98

(First) major overhaul: 1/99

Still updating: 3/03

Major overhaul: 5-8/05

9/05: To any techies out there, the summer of '05 overhaul came about for several reasons. I had trouble finding specific facts that I knew existed on my own web site, and realized that the 6-year old site needed a good reorganization. My son showed me some web pages that were done using CSS rather than tables and I was hooked. I got a large tome on CSS and began reading it wherever I went, and kept practicing. GoLive [my old workhorse even though I am pretty angry at Adobe for dumping my favorite application, FrameMaker for Mac OSX] has pretty good CSS support, but was slow rendering the pages. Um, maybe I was due for a new 'puter . . . so I took the happy plunge and nabbed a G5 dual 2 Ghz and it screams. It made trying style sheets a breeze. Then came the months-long process of reformatting each page, checking each link, re-reading each paragraph, entering each fact into a database for my planned site index.

Finally, on Sept 1, 2005, I uploaded the re-vamped site to ACOR. Note that I kept every single link the same as it was before, so that people that link to my site will not have broken links.

As a side note, I find that maintaining a site that consists mostly of links is really a pain in the neck these days. Sometimes I wonder if this ped-onc site is necessary in this day of Google searches. My new goal is to focus on adding new content, and to keep new links to a minimum. (But then again, I'm addicted to making lists.)

I'd like to thank ACOR for hosting this ped-onc site with no fees, no strings attached. And the late Steve Dunn for showing us how to build patient-generated web pages. Steve set the standard. He is sorely missed.

Patty "Look Ma, no tables!" Feist

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General Disclaimer

These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.