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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What To Do If You Got A Scary Medical Result

For sure, many of us would feel devastated when this kind of emotional news comes along from a medical diagnosis...a natural reaction. But here are some advices that might help just in case you got one.

To ensure your best care, carve out time to approach your diagnosis calmly and methodically. Before you leave the doctor's office, schedule another appointment for 3 days later - that'll give you time to do some research and come up with educated questions about your test result. At the follow-up, ask your doctor who she recommends for a second opinion. It's a step that many people skip, but it's one that could save your life.
According to a recent survey, as many as 30% of all second opinions result in a different diagnosis and treatment. When the time comes, the ideal doctor to perform your procedure is the specialist's specialist - someone obsessively focused on that particular technique. More information, more research and more questions make for a smarter patient.