This Article is About
breast cancer
lung cancer
busy day
hairs
Cancer - Sniffing Dogs – Successful Training
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Cancer  -  sniffing Dogs – Successful Training

Cancer-sniffing dogs, having completed their training, begin work.

An oncologists takes his dog home with him in the evening, not wanting dog hairs on the Mercedes seats, the dog demoted to a cage. At home he's released to sniff around the vast garden and lift his leg at will. His mate awaits him in the back yard, their play ground when off work.

“How was your day?” the home dog asks, “three melanomas, two cervical, four prostrate and a lung, a busy day.” the answer. “The Doc?” the retort, “spent most his time seated, telling patients what to do, all I got was a few treats for sniffing some terrible bodies, but it's a job.” A pause and a sniff of a favourite tree, “got this new youngster starting tomorrow, got to check his training.”

Is this the chat of cancer-sniffing dogs of the future? It could very well be, as more and more success made in their training. Sites now recording high percentage identification success, it could change the face of examinations. The man's present unpleasant prostrate check, could become worst, imagine now dropping your drawers and having a dog do what he is best known for. The picture manifested in my head terrible.

A cervical cancer check for a woman, just as horrifying. How are these dogs taught to seek out an unpleasant odour, the odour of cancer, and how are they going to check for all types.? Lung cancer and breast cancer is detectable on the breath, according to tests carried out in California, where they have now had accurate results of between 90 and 100 percent.

The dogs are not the future according to the Chief Researcher, but what is, is a mechanical sniffing device that would be in the Oncologist office. Their biggest problem is deciding what the dog is actually recognising as a cancerous odour. The researchers can not discover what, or how, the cancer is changing the odours detectable on the breath of patients. I'm sure the dogs aren't telling them either. The dogs receive a treat when getting the test correct. How are these dogs trained? They're exposed to exhaled samples from people known to have the disease and that of healthy patients.

A scientist in Japan has managed to train a Black Labrador Retriever, to accurately sniff out colon cancer with a success rate of 98%, apparently better than most other tests. Don't panic, it's trained to detect this from your breath not the other end. Skin cancer or melanomas, I'm sure will be with the dog sniffing the body, that could turn into fun if your ticklish.

They say the future is in discovering the chemical signature exuded by the differing types of cancer. A difficult task but one I'm sure they will get right in the end. The dogs will have to help though, and telling them their help will see the end of their work, could cause a lack of co-operation on their behalf.

Cancer-sniffing dog, “OK Bud, tell me what you can smell.” asked by the Oncologist, “No way in heaven am I telling you Doc, think I want to return to smelling the ends of my friends?”


Street Talk

Good article

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

Thank You

Reply
  about 1 decade ago
AJ  

Rob, a fun way to tell a serious topic. Thank you! I've always heard of dogs detecting cancer in their owners before their doctors, but I didn't know that they were being "employed" to help oncologists too!

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

My first article on this also on the humour side, came to me after reading about the experimentation that is taking place, now I follow it seriously as they are having a much bigger success. I doubt one will ever have a dog sniffing you in an Oncologists office. When I took my wife for her 3 monthly check up at a new Oncologist, I related the story to him, (my first story) he laughed his head off, at the idea of having a dog come to work with him. The serious side is they need the dogs to construct the machine that will do the actual test. Great things dogs.

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

What's so funny about considering an option that is proven to work?! The only (sadly) amusing part is the close-mindedness of much of the medical profession!

  
  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Serious black humor. The poor dogs. Can't be healthy to be sniffing cancer all day long. Animals are amazing. Wonder if they can sniff cancer in other dogs or cats. I think we have to get rid of cancer so dogs can just play instead.

Reply
  about 1 decade ago

Hear hear Joan, it just amazes me that dogs can do these things, i have done so many non hurtful tests using my dogs, like water quality tests etc, they have abilities that we certainly don't have. I have so many times pick up a glass of something and normally taken two slugs before my brain says this is unpleasant, a wont drink it in the first place. They are not called "Man's best friends" for nothing.

Reply
  about 1 decade ago
You May Also Like
Breast Cancer Subtypes Provide Some Clues But More Questions for Future Treatment
Doctors have long wondered why two women with the "same" type of breast cancer could have wildly different prognoses when following the same treatment plans. A new, multinational research study may illustrate why that is as well as providing scientists with new directions to take future research studies in. That…
By: amie nogrady in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Apr 24, 2012  
2
  Likes: 2

Breast Cancer, Being Overweight Increases The Risk
Cancer can get to anyone. There is no way to stop the risks of getting cancer completely. It can affect even the most healthy people without any warning. However, it is stated that other than smoking, being overweight is the number one risk factor in all cancers. In a recent…
By: nicole and adrell bosworth in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Apr 11, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

Are You Aware Of Breast Cancer Causes?
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancers among women and it starts as an abnormal group of cells that multiply in an uncontrolled manner. This uncontrolled growth causes damage to neighboring tissues and can appear as a lump or tumor. No one knows the reasons for…
By: Claire Tomalin in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Aug 02, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Breast Cancer Month Kicks Off With Better Eating Suggestions
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the American Cancer Society has listed a number of ways tor reduce breast cancer risk. Those suggestions include: not smoking, getting regular breast exams and not drinking. in addition, thirty minutes of moderate to vigorous activity is also key to cutting breast…
By: Cara M in  Health and Fitness  >  Diseases   Oct 03, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Pink Washing Of America: Where Breast Cancer Marketing Really Fails
Breast cancer is a frightening and often deadly disease, make no mistake about it. But, if you see the smiling faces of the survivors in the charity brochures, resplendent in pink everything, their bald heads tastefully hid behind a dainty scary (pink, of course) you kind of get the notion…
By: amie nogrady in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Aug 03, 2012  
8
  Likes: 3

Vitamin D And Breast Cancer
Is there a link between Vitamin D and breast cancer? Does Vitamin D help to reduce your risk of breast cancer? There has been a lot of talk about the role of Vitamin D and cancer prevention, but there has actually been substantial evidence in recent years to show that…
By: Meschino Health in  Health and Fitness  >  Womens Issues   Feb 22, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Breast Cancer: An Overview
The breast or mammary gland is composed of glandular and fatty tissues and is a most important part of a woman’s reproductive system. Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women. Worldwide, estimated 1.3million women are diagnosed with the disease annually and about one third of that number will die…
By: DiParco in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Jul 19, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Breast Cancer
Breast lumps are very common. Although most of them turns up to be benign, symptomatic cancer of the breast usually presents as a lump, different from the normal nodularity present in a woman's breast. Breast cancer is not a new disease. Of course most breast cancer present initially only as…
By: Martha Njeri Ngugi in  Health and Fitness  >  Mind Body Spirit   Dec 26, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Breast Cancer And Racial Disparity: Why Do More Black Women Die Every Year?
White women tend to get breast cancer at a higher rate than black women do, but according to a new study, it is the black woman that has the higher risk of dying from that diagnosis than her white counterpart's. Researchers will not work to figure out what is the…
By: amie nogrady in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Mar 23, 2012  
2
  Likes: 3

How This Woman Healed From Brest Cancer
Mine, is a disease that since the name did not promise anything good: triple negative to say no to three three possible targets for new therapies targeting. It means that doctors had no other weapon than the old chemotherapy, its side effects. But the doctor was treating me gave me…
By: Antonio KAtende in  Cancer  >  Breast Cancer   Jan 10, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Being Positive In Tough Times
In my experience being positive in tough times can be a useful tool to combat bad luck. I have experience in the matter and recently my attempts at a change of lifestyle have brought it back to the forefront of my thinking. My mother has always been a great supporter…
By: Chris Evans in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Jun 06, 2012  
1
  Likes: 0

Memorial Decal: Paying Tribute
Death and dying are not topics that anyone really wants to think about.  The sadness and hurt of losing someone close to you can be unbearable at times.  Unfortunately, it is a part of life and, whether we want to or not, we all have to face it in some…
By: Terri, RDH in  News and Society   Oct 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Medical News - What Should We Believe?
There’s not a week that goes by in the UK when there isn’t some new medical news for people to try and digest. In the last few months there have been stories about the possibility of coffee protecting people from breast cancer and a different report about the positive effects…
By: BIS_Coach in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   May 13, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Finding the Right Remedy for Menopause
What is the Right Choice for a Remedy for Menopause?Since not every woman is the same it is necessary find the right remedy for menopause for you. There are prescription treatments, natural treatments, and a variety of other types of treatments. The main goal is to lessen the symptoms and…
By: Sandra Durham in  Womens Interests  >  Menopause HRT   Nov 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

3 Simple Steps For Supercharging Your Positive Affirmations
I have already discussed in a previous article the basics of affirmations and the process for drafting your own affirmations. Assuming you have a basic understanding of affirmations, today we'll cover three simple techniques for increasing the effectiveness of your affirmations. To begin though I'm sure you've seen the movie…
By: Ricky O' Shea in  Self Improvement  >  Affirmations   Jan 15, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 3187    Report this Article