Older women who require radiation to attempt to kill breast cancer in their body may face another tribulation that comes as a result of the radiation treatments. They run the risk of radiation-induced dementia, according to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health. The federal agency that while radiation is still the most effective way to treat breast cancer, the potential of inducing dementia as a result of treatment is an unacceptable risk.
Medical researchers believe that those who are most adversely affected by the onset of dementia following radiation treatment for breast cancer were likely on the edge of dementia before treatment. Nevertheless, what medical researchers hope to find is a way to provide the necessary treatment to protect female patients from being shoved over the cliff into dementia by necessary treatment. How to do that is the question yet to be answered.