A Dog Named Frankie Might Help in Discovering Thyroid Cancer at an Early StageZineReport

March 7, 2015 5:25 PM

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Can a trained “sniffer pet dog” one day replace the pricey, intrusive strategies employed to find thyroid cancer? That is the guarantee of one dog, named Frankie – a German Shepherd mix breed. A team from Little Rock’s University of Arkansas announced Frankie could actually seek and find thyroid cancer cases if given a patient’s urine samples.

In case that this strange, but effective practice works out, “scent-trained dogs could be employed by doctors to find the existence of thyroid cancer at an earlier stage and to prevent surgery before it’s even needed,” research senior author Doctor Donald Bodenner says in an Endocrine Society press ...

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