Sentinel lymph nodes....

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From:"Tom T. McNemar" <>
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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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