RE: Sentinel lymph nodes....

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From:"Colbert, Laurie" <> (by way of Histonet)
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We have also receive sentinel nodes and have been told by our Nuclear
Medicine doc and Radiology Safety Officer that there is no danger to us.

Laurie Colbert
Prov. Saint Joseph Medical Center
Burbank, CA

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From: Tom T. McNemar []
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 11:59 AM
To: Histonet (E-mail)
Subject: Sentinel lymph nodes....

We have just begun to get sentinel nodes.  I was wondering how others are
handling the nodes from a safety standpoint.  The information I have says
that the nodes have consistently been demonstrated to be less than 1 mr/hr
and so monitoring for radioactivity is not required.

If a mastectomy is performed, the guidelines recommend delaying processing
for 2.5 days and storage of the specimen in a lead shield.

I would be very interested in what others are doing and would appreciate any
input.  Thanks.

Tom Mc Nemar
Pathology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio

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