Frankie the doggy sniffs cancer from dozens of urine samples

Frankie the doggy sniffs cancer from dozens of urine samples

Frankie the doggy sniffs cancer from dozens of urine samples

Dog is the man’s best friend. But this is not enough. A latest report claims that dogs can find out many ailments and researchers are sure that they can detect cancer by just looking at your urine samples.

Researchers after extensive study concluded that trained dogs are capable to actually correctly identify those urine samples that had thyroid cancer. They were also able to find almost accurately those samples that were benign in as many as 88.2 percent cases.

The study is going to be presented during the forthcoming Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

dogs drinking waterWhile talking about the findings senior investigator, Donald Bodenner, MD, PhD said, “Current diagnostic procedures for thyroid cancer often yield uncertain results, leading to recurrent medical procedures and a large number of thyroid surgeries performed unnecessarily”. Bodenner is associated with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock where he is the chief of endocrine oncology.

While detailing the findings further he said, “Scent-trained canines could be used by physicians to detect the presence of thyroid cancer at an early stage and to avoid surgery when unwarranted”.

Nonetheless doctors are still not deploying dogs to find the truth in the case of thyroid cancer, though he says that the canine’s diagnostic accuracy is only slightly less than that of fine-needle aspiration biopsy, the method generally used first to test thyroid nodules for cancer.

Fellow researchers too are very excited about the development. Study-coauthor, Arny Ferrando, PhD, previously “imprinted,” or scent-trained, a rescued male German Shepherd-mix named Frankie to recognize the smell of cancer in thyroid tissue obtained from multiple patients. He goes on to add “Frankie is the first dog trained to differentiate benign thyroid disease from thyroid cancer by smelling a person’s urine.”

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