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Sneak developments that could help help in the battle against cancer past research suggests.
Dogs can be used to sniff out early stage cancer.
Now and ovarian cancer foundation hopes to take that research even further.
Awarding a grant to fund the collaboration unlike anything the medical world has seen to this point.
Doctor Cynthia Otto is director of the Penn vet working -- center and that is thunder there with her one of the dogs in this program.
So doctor audio auto what's what's going to be different about the way you're gonna try to use thunder and and other dogs to sniff out cancer.
I think one of the biggest things that we're looking at as a difference is the collaboration so were working.
Win on doctor yeah announced patty from the -- ovarian cancer research center.
We're also working with on doctor George Freddie who is the lead on this and he is from them -- -- chemical -- -- institute.
And I doctor Charlie Johnson from Penn says -- -- all of us together are working to see.
If we can figure out the best way to identify.
I sense an -- that can help us I predict.
Who -- he has cancer even before that the sort of standard screening test would be -- ball.
We have some video now of of dogs and women obviously in and in a training session.
But as I understand -- you wouldn't actually have potential cancer patients in their doctor's office with your Labrador would you.
Oh no now we would we would actually do all of this in at laboratory setting so what we're doing his work.
Actually collecting some of that that cancer samples from patients on as a result of our collaboration.
On -- doctor -- and then we're collecting blood samples as well as a we're training the dogs on that and what they'll be doing.
In our study initially will be identifying.
-- blood samples.
From patients with cancer verses.
Op patients that don't have cancer patients that have other diseases that aren't cancer so that's really the ball it's my understanding you're going to be targeting especially ovarian cancer which is typically pretty hard to detect.
The dogs would be able to do it when you know machines blood tests that kind of thing would not.
Well I think what's happened is that there isn't an early screening test for cancer so what we're trying to do is have -- -- help us identify what that specific odor signature is and then we're gonna go to those machines and see if they can't match up.
What that is we know that dogs are.
Actually more sensitive than most machines and because they're thinking about -- had a putting things together.
They can -- out voters among a lot of other contaminants and so if they can help us.
Figure out what the machines eventually we'll -- locking in on.
We can work together and have a screening tests that will hopefully identify some of these women.
That might have early stage cancer.
On that then is at a much more treatable stage line is fascinating you know that the cancer cells do put off -- -- in the dogs can pick it up doctor Cynthia Otto.
Please come back and let us know how the research progresses.
-- we definitely well thanks for having us thank you.
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