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Nurses at risk for accidental exposure to chemo drugs

Accidental exposure to highly toxic chemotherapy drugs is common among cancer nurses in the US, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 1,339 oncology nurses in one state who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers and found that nearly 17% said their skin or eyes had been exposed to the drugs. In the United States, about 84% of chemotherapy is delivered in outpatient clinics. Accidental chemotherapy exposure can harm the nervous and reproductive systems and increase the risk of blood cancers, according to the study authors, from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.  HealthDay, Yahoo News  08/24/2011
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