Funding for this research was provided by:
The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation
National Institutes of Health (P50-CA097257-13:7017, P30-CA82103-18)
The Dabbiere Family
The Cancer League
Received: 24 July 2017
Accepted: 17 November 2017
First Online: 20 December 2017
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Study protocols were approved by the UCSF Institutional Review Board (IRB# 11-06160) and the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB# PRO13070533). All clinical samples were analyzed in a de-identified fashion. All experiments were carried out in conformity to the principles set out in the WMA Declaration of Helsinki as well as the Department of Health and Human Services Belmont Report. Informed written consent was provided by all patients.
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