Research & Development
In an age where the world is striving for innovation in technology, Merlin’s Heroes is utilizing K-9’s in the detection of cancers and other medical conditions.. Many of these often go undiagnosed until the late stages, while early diagnosis and treatment save precious lives. Our research in the field of disease detection spans more than 30 years. Our dedicated team of K-9 behaviorist has a combined experience unparalleled in the field. Scientists, researchers, and teaching hospitals have documented and trusted our methods and results.
Our founder, Janice Wolfe and Merlin’s Kids is excited to partner with the International Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation in cutting-edge research, innovative solutions, and international travel to save countless lives through sample and real-time disease detection.
Cancer cells emit different metabolic waste products other than normal cells. Their presence in cancer patients' exhaled breath, blood, or urine is so great that they can be detected by a dog's keen sense of smell, even in the early stages of disease.
We are exploring the use of early detection technology and methods to increase the proficiency of cancer and occupational disease identification. We are collecting "breath samples" for research in early cancer detection and developing companion programs to offer improved "cancer prevention" screening and lifestyle options.
It is important to understand that if you receive notification of a positive cancer dog scent detection, your results may be affected by health issues other than cancer. This is why we continue to proceed with research into methods to screen for both inflammatory diseases and cancer. There is also the possibility that regionally-based disease trends (e.g., Lyme disease - treated or untreated) may affect scent detection results. Those receiving notification of a positive detection will be given the option of proceeding with medical screening through their personal physicians and a "focus group" occupational medicine program. We are also working with fire department and labor representatives to ensure that participants of our research program are afforded every opportunity for responder appropriate medical screening.