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I am worried about taking methtrexate after melanoma removal. Mother died of lung cancer

Hi I have just had a melanoma removed which was caught early with no spread.however I am worried about continuing taking methotrexate . I have avoided the sun most of my life but I live in Australia so you do get a lot of exposure. .My mother died of lung cancer too and I used to be a smoker and am concerned re this drug. I know the risk of high levels of inflamatory markers also increases risk of cancer. Advice would be appreciated
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Thu, 26 Dec 2013
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Hi. If your treating Doctor , Oncologist feels it necessary for methotrexate, you should continue. You definitely can have a second opinion or a detailed counselling session with your treating Doctor. Melanoma is a very fast spreading tumor .
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