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Can radiation treatment for skin cancer on the top of the head of a 94 year old woman cause dementia?

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Dr. Hiep Le answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

It's difficult to answer this question because most people around this age already have senile dementia, more or less, and the severity can dramatically change in days or weeks.

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Dr. Clarence Grim answered

Specializes in Endocrinology

Very unlikely. But depends on dose. Discuss with team. And would come on suddenly not over years.

Answered Sep 24, 2022

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Highly unlikely, as the more reasonable etiology is Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, or a combination of both. But should exclude, thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, especially B-12, medication side effects, etc.

Answered Sep 27, 2022

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