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Table 3 Incidence of Disease recurrence and deaths according to CTC detection and hormonal receptor status

From: Cytokeratin-19 mRNA-positive circulating tumor cells during follow-up of patients with operable breast cancer: prognostic relevance for late relapse

HR Status CK-19 mRNA No of patients Relapses   Deaths  
    Yes
N (%)
No
N (%)
Fisher's Exact test, P Dead
N (%)
Alive
N (%)
Fisher's Exact test, P
ER(-)/PR(-) Persistently Positive 22 9 (40.1) 13(59.9) P = 0.044 8 (34.4) 16 (63.6) P = 0.009
  Persistently Negative 24 3 (12.5) 21 (87.5)   1(4.1) 24 (95.9)  
ER(+) and/or PR(+) Persistently Positive 60 26 (43.3) 34 (46.7) P < 0.001 15 (25) 45 (75) P = 0.007
  Persistently Negative 39 4 (10.2) 35 (89.2)   2 (5.1) 37 (94.9)  
  1. CK-19, cytokeratine-19; HR, hormonal receptor; ER, estrogens receptor; PR, progesterone receptor.