Na-Nose for early detection of cancer through breath

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Na-Nose for early detection of cancer through breath

Research on cancer diagnosis at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, shows that a device called the Nano Artificial Nose (Na-Nose) can be used to detect metabolic byproducts in the breath of patients with head and neck cancer, which further can be used for early detection of head and neck cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Cancer Research explains that the device uses technology that promises the ability to detect different chemical compounds in a person's breath. Na-nose work sensitively to distinguish between people with and without cancer, even the detection of which patients have head or neck cancer as distinguished from lung cancer.

According to Professor Hossam Haick, detect head and neck cancer have complex diagnoses, needed a specialist. The study involved 82 volunteers consisting of 22 persons with head-neck cancer and various, and 24 people with lung cancer, and 36 healthy without cancer. The results showed that the breath test can see the pattern of molecules found in patients with head and neck cancer. The researchers still need to conduct a larger study about in relation to a potential method of screening for this disease.

Early detection of cancer is very important to do, including head and neck cancer, because if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body will be much more difficult to treat them. Early diagnosis will facilitate us in treating more quickly either by chemotherapy or alternative methods such as massage, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, yoga, and tai chi, such as advice by Mayoclinic.


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Good info! Thanks!