Cancer is a deadly disease that has claimed the lives of many pets and people. There is no cure in current pharmaceutical medicine and it is often difficult to manage cancer symptoms. The lack of a cure has led some to seek alternative medicinal and natural solutions. One of those methods has veterinarians and other scientists scratching their heads, but Joe Tippens, a man from Oklahoma City, says it saved his life.
Tippens says he was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in 2016 and told he had only three months to live. He was determined to live long enough to see his first grandson, so he sought a cure. His first attempt was a clinical trial at MD Anderson in Houston, which reduced the size of the tumor but did not remove it entirely. He vowed to continue to fight and found hope in something unusual: a dog dewormer.
The dewormer in question is fenbendazole, commonly sold as Safe Guard and Pro Sense, among other brands. The compound is approved by the Canadian government as a dewormer for dogs and cats. However, the FDA hasn’t approved it for human use. There is no evidence that fenbendazole is an effective cancer treatment in humans.
Some peer-reviewed studies have suggested fenbendazole and other benzimidazole antihelmintics (such as albendazole) could treat some types of cancer in humans, but more research is needed. The FDA tells PolitiFact that it has no research to support claims that fenbendazole is a cure for cancer. dog dewormer for cancer