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Alzheimer's Disease

Chemotherapy and White Matter Disease

10/22/2008

Question:

I have been fighting Melanoma since July 2002, have had 6 different Chemos and I`ve noticed my memorie has really changed and it`s a bit scary, I`ve had 2 radiation treatments and 15 surgories. I brought my MRI to the Alzheimer Clinic in Tampa Fl and was told I have white matter disease. Could the Chemo have caused this? What do I do. I`m 62, my Father and His Mother both had dementia. Please help.

Answer:

The answer is yes. A neurologist should be consulted for further information.

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Response by:

Robert P Friedland, MD Robert P Friedland, MD
Formerly, Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University