New Study Uses Dogs for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
August 12, 2013 8:53 AM
comment(s) - last by
Scientists hope to create an electronic sensor that can mimic the dogs cancer detecting capability
Cancer researchers are working hard to develop new methods of detecting cancer earlier to help improve the outcome for patients. Dogs are without question “man’s best friend”, and researchers are now looking to put their keen sense of smell to good use by detecting ovarian cancer. Scientists involved in the study are working on early detection device that combines an animal's sense of smell, chemical analysis, and other modern technology to help improve survival rates for patients with
Researchers involved in the study are using blood and tissue samples donated by patients and animals provided by the University of Pennsylvania's Working Dog Center. Three dogs are being trained to sniff out the signature compound that indicates the presence of ovarian cancer.
If the dogs are able to smell and isolate the chemical marker, scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center hope to work to create an
electronic sensor that is able to identify the chemical smell
the dogs detect.
Ovarian cancer often goes undetected in humans until it is in its vary late stages of development, often to the detriment of the patient. Part of the reason for the late detection is the generic symptoms that often accompany the disease: weight gain, constipation, and bloating.
Doctors say when ovarian cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate for women is 90 percent. However, roughly 70 percent of ovarian cancer cases are identified after the cancer has spread, leading to a five-year survival rate of less than 40 percent.
Researcher Doctor Leonard Litchtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, says that the use of canines for detecting certain types of cancer shown promise but there have been no major breakthroughs in the field yet.
"We're still looking to see whether something could be developed and be useful in routine patient care, and we're not there yet," Lichtenfeld cautioned.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
8/12/2013 3:43:10 PM
like Kimberly responded I cant believe that anyone able to get paid $6887 in one month on the computer. have you read this web site www.work25.Com
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Researchers Develop First Artificial Human Ovary
September 15, 2010, 10:55 AM
MIT Olfactory Research Could Produce Artificial Noses
October 1, 2008, 7:39 AM
Nail Polish May Soon be Able to Detect Date Rape Drugs
August 26, 2014, 7:57 AM
SpaceX Falcon 9-R Rocket Suffers Malfunction, Self-Destructs During Test Flight
August 23, 2014, 9:36 AM
Texas Chosen as Site for SpaceX's First Commercial Launchpad
August 5, 2014, 1:44 PM
South Carolina Prison Finds Crashed Drone Carrying Drugs, Phones
August 1, 2014, 2:49 PM
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Gains Seven New Instruments for Exploration
August 1, 2014, 1:30 PM
NASA Opportunity Rover Breaks Record for Most Miles Traveled on Another Planet
July 29, 2014, 1:38 PM
Most Popular Articles
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
Dell Announces "World's Thinnest" Tablet: The Venue 8 7000 Series
September 11, 2014, 8:51 AM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
Latest Blog Posts
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information