RE: Sentinel Lymph Nodes

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From:"Tom T. McNemar" <>
To:John Spair <>, HistoNet Server <>

I'm not so much concerned about the nodes themselves as I am about the
larger mastectomy specimens.  The guidelines I have say that they should be
tested for radiation prior to handling or placed behind a lead shield for
2.5 days before handling.  If this is true, what about handling in surgery
or during transportation to the lab?  Does anyone take any further
precautions with the larger specimens?

Tom Mc Nemar
Pathology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Spair []
> Sent:	Wednesday, April 12, 2000 11:56 PM
> To:	HistoNet Server
> Subject:	Sentinel Lymph Nodes
> From an article I read on the radioactivity of the procedure for sentinel
> lymph nodes, it appears that we are safe enough in pathology with
> handling.
> If anyone knows better let me know, we've been doing sentinel lymph nodes
> for at least a year and only recently found out about the radioactivity.
> Thanks.

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