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“ I’ve just had bad news from my doctor and I'm upset. Is this normal? ”
Being diagnosed with an illness or suffering a relapse comes as a major emotional shock. For this reason, some people come out of a doctor's appointment either confused or remembering little about it. Processing a diagnosis of serious illness takes time, and so does decision-making about treatment. As a rule, a doctor will try to announce a new diagnosis at one appointment and wait to propose more information, including about treatments at a later time.
Before consenting to a major operation or treatment, you have the option of referring to another doctor for a second opinion.
N.B.: basic health insurance does not always cover this advice. Find out more from your health insurance fund.