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A 52-year-old male asked:

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

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
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
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Very unlikely. But depends on dose. Discuss with team. And would come on suddenly not over years.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
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.
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Last updated Sep 27, 2022

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