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Old 08-09-2011, 11:21 AM   #21
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I've just realized that this study is only meant to show that "a specific cancer scent does indeed exist and that cancer-specific chemical compounds may be circulating throughout the body" and isn't meant to suggest that this will ever be used for diagnosis in a clinical setting.

That's a very useful thing to know, and means that working on a machine that could detect these odors is a worthwhile endeavor.

In any case, there's no way that a self-respecting physician is going to tell a patient that his stool sample will be sent off and a dog will smell it to check for cancer.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:33 AM   #22
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In any case, there's no way that a self-respecting physician is going to tell a patient that his stool sample will be sent off and a dog will smell it to check for cancer.
Well, I would respect him/her if the evidence backs up the method.


Seems I've been reading more and more that docs are following various procedures that are not evidence based (were stents an example - sound good, but the evidence did not back it up?). I don't respect that, and they shouldn't either.

Anyhow, they would wrap a fancy name around it - ' we will be sending your sample to our new, modern, biogeneic, olfactory analysis laboratory' , sounds a lot better than 'send it to a lab(rador) in a kennel'

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There are melanoma-sniffing dogs reported as well, but not researched as rigorously as in the current study.
You'll have to keep us up-to-date on the cancer-sniffing dogs for the prostate and breast areas, too.

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In any case, there's no way that a self-respecting physician is going to tell a patient that his stool sample will be sent off and a dog will smell it to check for cancer.
Medicare is now offering higher reimbursement rates for diagnostic code "K9"...
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