The aim of the study was to define biological subtypes of breast cancer that have the propensity to metastasize to the leptomeninges and to assess factors influencing survival from detection of leptomeningeal metastatis (LM). One hundred and eighteen consecutive breast cancer patients with LM were treated in one institution, between the years 1999 and 2009; 40.5 % of patients had triple-negative subtype, 37.5 % had luminal A subtype and 22 % had HER2-positive subtypes (luminal B and HER2). Of patients with LM, 35 % had lobular cancer. Median survival from the detection of LM was 18 weeks, and 1-year survival was 16 %. Cox multivariate analysis revealed that performance status and systemic treatment statistically significantly influenced survival of patients with LM. Triple-negative biological subtype and lobular histological type of breast cancer had the propensity to metastasize to the leptomeninges. Performance status and systemic treatment ordered after detection of LM statistically significantly influenced survival.

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Keywords Breast cancer biological subtype, Carcinomatous meningitis, Leptomeningeal metastasis, Lobular cancer, Neoplastic meningitis, Triple-negative breast cancer
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Journal Medical Oncology
Niwińska, A, Rudnicka, A.R, & Murawska, M. (2013). Breast cancer leptomeningeal metastasis: Propensity of breast cancer subtypes for leptomeninges and the analysis of factors influencing survival. Medical Oncology, 30(1). doi:10.1007/s12032-012-0408-4