The Stagners had visited the pediatrician just two months before their son was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer. Their doctor had somehow overlooked a tumor the size of a deflated soccer ball.
The Stagners have this advice for other parents.
"Most doctors because they're so busy, don't take the time. That's where the parent comes in. Have your doctor palpitate your stomach because there are things that can be missed," said Lisa Stagner.
She suggests limiting the number of doctors your children see for their check-ups. Always ask your doctor to feel for swollen lymph nodes and to do a urine analysis.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also suggests writing down questions before each office visit and keeping track of your child's growth and immunizations.
The AAP has an online pediatrician referral service for parents at www.aap.org
TV-3 is happy to report that Cole Stagner is cancer-free today.