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Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis in Solid Tumors ; Clinical Manifestation and Treatment

 Joon Oh Park  ;  Hyun Joon Shin  ;  Jae Kyung Roh  ;  Jin Sik Min  ;  Byung Soo Kim  ;  Joo Hang Kim  ;  Hyun Cheol Chung  ;  내Nae Choon Yoo  ;  Seung Min Kim  ;  Hei Cheul Jeung  ;  Sang Wook Lee  ;  Hyung Jong Kim 
 Journal of the Korean Cancer Association (대한암학회지), Vol.33(1) : 34-40, 2001 
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 Journal of the Korean Cancer Association  (대한암학회지) 
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Purpose: Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis occurs in about 5% of patients with solid tumor and is being diagnosed with increasing frequency as patients live longer and as neuro-imaging studies improve. In general, the most commom cancers that involved the leptomeninges are breast cancer, lung cancer, and malignant melanoma. Materials and Methods: We investigated 25 patients presented with multiple neurologic symptoms and signs who were diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis at the Yonsei Cancer Center from January 1990 to December 1999. Results: The primary disease of leptomeningeal car- cinomatosis were stomach cancer (10 cases), breast cancer (7 cases), lung cancer (5 cases), unknown primary cancer (2 cases) and common bile duct cancer (1 case). All patients were presented with multiple neurologic symptoms and signs involving the central nervous sys- tem (CNS), cranial nerve or spinal nerves. Twenty-one of twenty - five patients were treated with intrathecal chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or combination therapy. Four- teen of them (66.7%) experienced improvement or stabilization of neurologic symptom and sign. The median survival was 122 days (10-2190). Conclusion: In conclusion, although early diagnosis and active treatment of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis may improve the quality of life in selected patients, the median survival was relatively short. Therefore, new diagnostic and therapeutic strategy for leptomeningeal carcinomatosis were needed.
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1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실)
1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 5. Research Institutes (연구소) > Cancer Metastasis Research Center (암전이연구센터)
Yonsei Authors
노재경(Roh, Jae Kyung) ; 정현철(Chung, Hyun Cheol) ; 정희철(Jeung, Hei Cheul)
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