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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
Doctor :   Please go ahead with your medical query
User :   Nice to meet you
User :   I was curious if there were any concomitant conditions that a patient with advanced melanoma should keep an eye out for during treatment
Doctor :   I am reading the query
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Doctor :   What is the treatment he is undergoing
User :   immunotherapy
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did the doctor find out any other associated conditions
Doctor :   with the help of tests
User :   what do you mean exactly?
Doctor :   Were any tests doen liek CT scan
Doctor :   to check if there are melanoma in the brain
User :   oh, i'm asking in general actually
Doctor :   Did the doctor try to take a biopsy and figure out which type of melanoma is it, as there are four common varities
User :   not relative to a specific patient
User :   i'm just curious in general if there are common conditions that metastatic patients could experience
Doctor :   Then family history of the patient
User :   okay
User :   would pain and depression make sense as well?
Doctor :   The changes of the skin
Doctor :   Bleeding, spread, texture of the nevus
User :   ah okay, thanks!
Doctor :   Sun exposure shoiuld be avoided
Doctor :   Hence history aboiut the sun exposure, sun baths
Doctor :   IT does not pain often
Doctor :   Depression is not usually associated with Melanoma
User :   wouldn't depression be associated with cancer in general..the fact that overall survival is only a few months bc of melanoma?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Not directly with melanoma
User :   ah okay
Doctor :   Do you have any more questions
User :   no, this is a good start to continue my research
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Carry on
Doctor :   All the best
Doctor :   Remember the risk factors and then you will be more precise aboiut the research
Doctor :   instead of digressing away from the topic
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