I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had problems with their fingerprints while on chemo.
I have to use my fingerprint with two applications at work, and in the past 2 weeks or so have had trouble logging in. We tried re-enrolling different fingers and the scanner said my fingerprint is now "poor quality" and it wouldn't take. They've given me a PIN# in the meantime. Indeed, my fingerprints are kind of flattened - the ridges are diminished and they are less distinctive; they make a less "crisp" print.
Today was my 7th chemo (3rd Taxol; I had 4 DD A/C treatments in June and July) and I asked my MO about this. She was intrigued to say the least! Apparently there are some kinds of chemo that can alter fingerprints due to peeling skin, but that's not my issue and I'm not on those kinds of chemo. We suspect there may be anecdotal stories out there, especially as fingerprints are more and more commonly used as an electronic signature for healthcare, banking, etc. I mean, who really looks at their finigerprints that closely? As biometrics are/will be used more in the future, maybe we will hear more about this. (Doc thought it would be a cool research project for the center.)
Anyone have a similar experience or heard anything about this elsewhere?