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Postby The Big Train » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:14 pm

Puppy diagnoses owner with breast cancer

Martha Tropea
CanWest News Service


Saturday, June 16, 2007


NANAIMO - Two-year-old Freeman, a rare catahoula leopard dog with boundless energy, might very well be the reason his owner Darcy Ingram is alive.

"He's my peach," said Ingram, after Freeman smacked her with a wet lick on the cheek.

In December 2005, at just six months of age, Freeman sniffed out what Ingram's doctors assured her was not there - a cancerous tumour in her right breast.

"He kept hurting me and hurting me," said Ingram, a glowing picture of health. "He wouldn't leave that breast alone."

One day, Freeman's powerful snout knocked Ingram's breast: "It swelled up like a cantaloupe."

"That's when all the fun started."

A whirlwind of doctors' appointments quickly followed, leaving Ingram, 41, without a right breast and without a combined 12 centimetres of multiple tumours, some of which were more than a year old.

For decades, anecdotal evidence has pointed to dogs' ability to sniff out cancer and, last year, researchers found further evidence to prove the theory.

Scientists tested ordinary household dogs with basic puppy training and discovered they could detect cancer just by smelling the breath of lung and breast cancer patients. The findings were published in the March 2006 journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.

The day before Ingram's mastectomy, she withdrew from her creative writing courses at Malaspina University-College.

Through the fatigue, pain and what she described as a "fractured mind," Ingram managed to write more than 30 poems, some describing her condition.

In them she writes of her fear of recurrence, about her cold spine, and of her sick cells, shedding some light on what the effects of chemotherapy are like for the thousands of people who are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.

Her cancer treatments ended last summer and, although still recovering from chemotherapy, she signed up for school in the fall.
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Re: Dog diagnoses cancer

Postby sportsfan1433 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:39 pm

thts pretty awesome. 12 centimeters of tumors 8-)
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Re: Dog diagnoses cancer

Postby Snakes Gould » Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:26 pm

while its a great story and im glad the woman is alive, i dont really buy it.
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:50 am

I don't know if this particular story is true but there is a documentary about the researchers training the dogs to sniff out cancer. It's interesting and has been on Animal Planet, Discovery, and Science channel. Seemed legitimate.
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Re: Dog diagnoses cancer

Postby StlSluggers » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:46 am

Snakes Gould wrote:while its a great story and im glad the woman is alive, i dont really buy it.

You don't buy this story, or that dogs could smell cancer? The latter isn't unbelievable. If they can detect seizures in advance, I certainly could imagine them smelling out cancer, too.
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