Reply to Comment on “The effectiveness of home versus community-based weight control programmes initiated soon after breast cancer diagnosis: a randomised controlled trial”

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We thank Dr. Bail and colleagues for their letter regarding the B-AHEAD Study. We have addressed the key points.

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M.H. wrote the original draft. J.B. advised on the statistical analysis. M.P., N.B., A.C., A.H. and S.H. reviewed and edited the response. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Correspondence to Michelle Harvie.

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Harvie, M., Pegington, M., Bundred, N. et al. Reply to Comment on “The effectiveness of home versus community-based weight control programmes initiated soon after breast cancer diagnosis: a randomised controlled trial”. Br J Cancer (2020) doi:10.1038/s41416-019-0715-z

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