|A diagnosis of cancer need not be a death
Certainly, the first shock of hearing the doctor
say that you have cancer can throw you for a loop. Some people report that they even seem
to "go numb" after hearing those words and not being able to concentrate on
anything else the doctor has said.
All the more reason to try to calm yourself, regroup, find
out as much as you can about your diagnosis, get a copy of your biopsy and other test
results, and if you feel uncomfortable with any of the information, ask for a second
No doctor in our experience has ever denied a second
opinion or even acted resentful. In fact, our doctors have informed us that if we wish a
second opinion they will be happy to help us.
Read our section on communicating
with the medical community to get tips on how to best handle your doctor's appointments.
Look through the list
of questions to ask to familiarize yourself for the types of information you should
Here are some resources that you might find useful.
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