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Cancer drug causes patient to lose fingerprints and be detained by USA immigration

27 May 2009

Immigration officials held a cancer patient for four hours before they allowed him to enter the USA because one of his cancer drugs caused his fingerprints to disappear. His oncologist is now advising all cancer patients who are being treated with the commonly used drug, capecitabine, to carry a doctor’s letter with them if they want to travel to the USA. The incident is highlighted in a letter to the cancer journal, Annals of Oncology.

From the letter: Travel warning with capecitabine, M. Wong, S.-P. Choo and E.-H. Tan

Published in Annals of Oncology, Advance Access published online on May 26, 2009

Read the press release online

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