Table 2

Baseline characteristics of patients with colorectal cancer

VariableTGF-β1 level (ng/ml)P
>7.5 (n = 77)≤7.5 (n = 40)
Age (yrs)>0.2
 ≤6533(60%)22(40%)
 >6544(71%)18(29%)
Gender>0.2
 Male37(62%)23(38%)
 Female40(70%)17(30%)
Preoperative CEA0.11
 ≤5 ng/ml42(60%)28(40%)
 >5 ng/ml35(74%)12(30%)
Dukes’stage<0.001
 A1(8%)12(92%)
 B24(60%)16(40%)
 C52(81%)12(19%)
Tumor histology>0.2
 Well differentiated19(63%)11(37%)
 Moderately differentiated53(69%)24(31%)
 Poorly differentiated5(50%)5(50%)