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About the article
Published Online: 2018-10-12
Authors’ contribution: ERL data analysis, manuscript preparation, and revisions; BK revisions; SAE clinical coordinator and data collection; PJS study statistician and revisions; BWD & JJR study physicians; MHR principal investigator, study design, study physician, and revisions
Research funding: This study is funded through grant R21AT007090 from National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health and the National Cancer Institute.
Employment or leadership: None declared.
Honorarium: None declared.
Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.