How Dutch docs detected new pair of salivary glands

Finding could explain why cancer patients suffer from side effects despite precautions

Dr Wouter Vogel (left), a radiation oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NCI), and Dr Matthijs Valstar, a surgeon at NCI’s department of head and neck oncology and surgery, led the research team in studying the new pair of salivary gland
Dr Wouter Vogel (left), a radiation oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NCI), and Dr Matthijs Valstar, a surgeon at NCI’s department of head and neck oncology and surgery, led the research team in studying the new pair of salivary glands.

Puzzlement turned to wonder when a group of Dutch doctors who were carrying out cancer research stumbled upon a pair of new salivary glands.

It was a feat made possible by their curiosity and new technology.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'How Dutch docs detected new pair of salivary glands'. Subscribe