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Canine Cancer Scent Detection: Save Lives by Training Dogs to Detect Throat and Lung Cancer

Charlie - Cancer Detection Dog

Lung cancer is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., and more than 45,000 people will be diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2015.

Early detection dramatically improves survival rates. Currently, no reliable methods exist to screen for these cancers. 

Specially trained companion dogs can detect cancer with remarkable accuracy.

With your help, we will train dogs to detect throat and lung cancer in saliva with a simple spit test. If successful, this project has the potential to save countless lives. Alfie and Charlie are the first dogs at UC Davis being trained to detect throat and lung cancer in saliva.

Please visit our Indiegogo page for more information on how you can help!


Voice found: Woman speaks with new larynx

(CNN) -- For 11 years, Brenda Charett Jensen couldn't speak. She communicated through an electronic device that sounded like a robot. When the batteries ran out, her conversation was over.

Jensen lost her ability to speak after a breathing tube permanently damaged her airway during surgery in 1999. She breathed through a tracheotomy tube, which extended from a hole in her neck. Because Jensen could not pass air through her nose and mouth, she lost her senses of taste and smell.

On Thursday, Jensen emerged with her doctors from University of California Davis Medical Center. And she had something to say.

Prototype 'piercing' restores man's ability to swallow


Surgeon Peter Belafsky had been tinkering with ways to treat oropharyngeal dysphagia--a swallowing disorder that when severe can prevent people from being able to swallow at all--for years.

But it wasn't until he took his two daughters to get their ears pierced--and noticed the woman behind the counter with piercings in her nose, eyebrow, and....

UC Davis Physician Appointed President of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Jonathan Sykes, professor of otolaryngology in the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Sykes will represent the more than 2,700 U.S. facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons...

Student team arrives for the blink of an eye


In the blink of an eye — literally — the facial plastic and reconstruction surgeon came up with an idea. For two years, Dr Travis Tollefson and colleague Dr Craig Senders had been studying the feasibility of developing a tiny apparatus that would allow victims of facial paralysis to blink their eyes....

UC Davis surgeons change lives


Physicians from UC Davis Health System not only enhance the quality of life for the Sacramento region, but also for communities around the world. Indigent families in the small Ecuadorian village of Riobamba have benefited from the expertise of UC Davis surgeons, who last year visited the small hospital there to perform free reconstructive surgeries on children and teens with craniofacial malformations...