RE: Sentinel lymph nodes....

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From:"MacDonald, Jennifer" <> (by way of Histonet)
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We don't handle them any differently than any other specimen.  Our Radiation
Safety Officer feels there is no danger.

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> From: 	Tom T. McNemar[]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, April 11, 2000 8:12 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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