Chemotherapy Side Effects: Cancer and Disappearing Fingerprints

April 17, 2015 4:44 PM

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Fingerprints are the ultimate way to tell one person from another—they’re unique, permanent and seemingly immutable.

But a 65-year-old woman was denied service at a bank recently when she showed up without fingerprints, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The woman, a breast cancer patient, is one of a small group of people who have lost their fingerprints as a result of chemotherapy drug...

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