Dog Medication Seen As Possible Cancer Treatment For Humans

From KHOU/Channel 11:

Late-stage lung cancer. No cure. Three months to live.

It was the 2016 diagnosis Joe Tippens said he wasn’t willing to accept. The Edmond, Oklahoma man was determined to live at least long enough to meet his first grandson, due in a few months.

Two days after the PET scan, Tippens said a veterinarian friend told him about a dog dewormer called fenbendazole that some people believe cured their cancer. It’s branded as Panacur C and can be ordered online.

Tippens did some research and learned the drug is considered safe for humans, with no serious side effects.

“I had just been told I’ve got no hope and 3 months to live, so it wasn’t a hard decision for me to take the leap,” Tippens wrote.

He said he took fenbendazole, along with a vitamin and supplement regimen, while also taking part in an unrelated trial at MD Anderson. Doctors said the trial wouldn’t save his life, but it might extend it.

Tippens didn’t tell his oncologist about the fenbendazole because he was afraid they would kick him out of the trial.

When Tippens returned to MDA for another PET scan in May of 2017, he said the results left his doctors stunned.

“My oncologist was literally stupefied. My PET scan was ‘all clear,’” Tippens said. There were no signs of tumors anywhere in his body.

It sounds a little crazy and too good to be true, but researchers at MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins, the National Institutes of Health and other prestigious medical centers around the world are conducting their own studies on fenbendazole and menbendazole, the human version.

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