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Dog loses part of skull to cancer, Canadian 3D printing replaces it

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Patches the dog

Patches the dog

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Patches the dog

Clara Steer, Staff

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Patches’ Problem

Patches, a 9-year-old Dachshund, suffered from a cancerous tumor in the front part of her skull. The tumor was so big, her head began to appear misshapen and deformed. The tumor, which was continuously growing, was dangerously close to her eye sockets and brain.

The Solution

When a Canadian veterinary surgical oncologist, Dr. Michelle Oblak,  heard about the poor dog, she began drawing models of Patches’ skull. Using new high-tech 3D printers, the Canadian surgeon began printing copies of Patches’ skull and practicing an operation that is revolutionary: removing the cancer and replacing it with a 3D model. After a couple trial runs, she operated on Patches. The surgery, which was successful, was the first ever in North America. Now, the dachshund is living a cancer-free life with her owners.

Opinions on the technological breakthrough

When I asked seventh-grader Eva Cole what she thought about Patches’ story, she said, “I think it’s really cool. It’s a great idea [to use 3D printing], as long as they don’t hurt the dog. I find it amazing that they are using new technology to help dogs and, hopefully later, humans.” Personally, I agree with her, and I’m not the only one; eighth-grader Elsa Steer believes that “It’s very inspiring that scientists and doctors can help people (or animals) of all ages fight something so old with something so new.”

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