RE: Information desired

As I am about to retire from my histology job at the University after 25
years with many of those years working in hemepath typing leukemia's and
lymphoma's I am amazed that I have not ever seen a histotech come down with
this type of CA.  We had a Med. Tech once that used his own blood for
control only to find that he had leukemia.  My colleagues husband got and
died of lymphoma but as I reflect it seems odd to me that I have not seen
more histotechs with leukemia.  Seen lots of breast, prostate and colon CA
in our group though.
Patsy Ruegg 

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I would like to sent greetings to all my friends in Histoland.  This
service is so great.  Sure wished I had had it when I started in
histolgoy 50 years ago when there was no one to communicate with.
Although I have been retired for 5 years I keep up with this network. 

        My request.  Last year I was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic
leukemia.  My oncologist and I wonder if this could be caused from years
in the path lab, the first 22 working in a non-ventilated lab. When I
started we stained all slides by hand in open containers. We used
benzine, dioxane, acetone, mercuric chloride, bromides, etc. plus the
formalin, xylol, alcohols used today. All grossing, slide mounting and
staining was also done in the same room plus cytology and bacteriology.
When they built a new hospital in 1973 I got my first hoods. 

        I am seeing my oncologist in two weeks and he is very interested
other histo-techs have developed CLL and if so, did they work in
non-ventilated labs and how many years in Histology and thought you
would be the ideal source.  No names, please.  In the 1980's I worked
for a great pathologist who developed and died of acute myelogous
leukemia. He was convinced he developed it from working 12 to 15 hours
each day doing autopsies in a non-ventilated morgue on embalmed military
personnel returned from Europe during his Army duties in World War II.

        I will be grate

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