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'. Print Edition | Subscribe