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The Seattle Times: Lifesaving Drugs May Be Killing Health Workers
July 14, 2010, 9:20 am
Filed under: News

Nurses, pharmacists and others who handle chemo drugs have been getting sick. Despite multiple studies that indicate the drugs actually may cause cancers, the federal government doesn’t require safeguards on the job.

By Carol Smith

Sue Crump braced as the chemo drugs dripped into her body. She knew treatment would be rough. She had seen its signature countless times in the ravaged bodies and hopeful faces of cancer patients in hospitals where she had spent 23 years mixing chemo as a pharmacist.

At the same time, though, she wondered whether those same drugs — experienced as a form of “secondhand chemo” while she mixed the drugs as a pharmacist at Swedish Medical Center and elsewhere — may have caused her cancer to begin with.

Chemo is poison, by design. It’s descended from deadly mustard gas first used against soldiers in World War I.

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