Fenben, also known by the brand name Panacur, is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic compound used to treat parasitic infections in animals. It is part of a class of drugs called the benzimidazoles and was originally developed for veterinary use. The compound is able to disrupt the functioning of several parasites in order to kill them, including gastrointestinal nematodes, lungworms and some tapeworms.
In the human world, fenben has been found to be effective at treating some forms of cancer in some patients. The drug works by inhibiting microtubules in the cell, thereby causing them to collapse and destabilize. The drug is currently being researched to see if it can help treat other types of cancer as well.
The Joe Tippens Protocol
A rumor about an unlicensed veterinarian and his claims that an animal dewormer can cure cancer has recently been making the rounds on TikTok, Facebook and YouTube. The rumors have been largely debunked by Sheila Singh, director of McMaster’s Centre for Discovery in Cancer Research.
The rumor involves Andrew Jones, an unlicensed veterinarian in British Columbia who has posted videos online that claim to show how fenbendazole, the active ingredient in an animal dewormer, cured his small-cell lung cancer. He has since resigned from his position at the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia.
Using a radiosensitizing assay, we found that fenbendazole does not affect the radiation response of EMT6 tumors in BALB/c mice. The results were similar to those obtained when the cancer cells were treated with the P-gp inhibitor verapamil. Additionally, fenbendazole did not alter the level of acetylation on the tubulin molecule when cells were treated with a variety of microtubule-targeting agents.