Can Dog Dewormer Cancer Be Prevented?
In the case of cancers like glioblastoma, which is found in the brain and spinal cord of dogs and humans, researchers are trying to find ways to prevent tumors from developing, or, as a last resort, stop them from growing or spreading. They are working to understand how the disease develops, and why some dogs develop it while others don’t.
While chemo and radiation can treat the cancer, they also cause side effects. Many people are seeking alternatives to traditional cancer treatments and some have even repurposed dog dewormer medicines as anticancer drugs. Some of these medications, such as fenbendazole (a dog dewormer), have been proven in laboratory experiments to prevent the development of cancers in rodents, but their efficacy and dosing as anticancer treatment has not been fully established in humans.
Joe Tippens, a retired veterinarian in Oklahoma, was told that he had late-stage lung cancer and only three months to live. He opted to try a protocol that included a drug used to treat hookworms, roundworms, and other gut parasites in animals, primarily dogs. He took the anthelmintic drug fenbendazole (FZ) along with vitamin E, CBD oil, and bioavailable curcumin, seven days a week. Two-and-a-half weeks later, he had a PET scan and was told his cancer had disappeared.
Other research presented at the Penn Vet symposium suggests that understanding why some dogs develop cancer can help them live longer and healthier lives. One approach is a “lifetime study” of about 3,000 golden retrievers to determine how outside factors, such as environment and diet, affect their risk for different diseases, including cancer. dog dewormer cancer