Fenbendazole, also known as mebendazole, is an antiparasitic drug that kills parasites in dogs. It is not approved for use in humans, and many peer-reviewed studies have not found it to be a cancer treatment. However, the anthelmintic has a number of properties that may make it useful for killing cancer cells, including inhibiting cell-cycle progression and promoting ferroptosis.
The false claim that fenbendazole cures cancer spread around the world after TikTok reposted part of a video from a Canadian veterinarian named Andrew Jones. In the video, Jones discusses a lung cancer patient named Joe Tippens who claimed that after several months on fenbendazole his terminal lung cancer had disappeared. The video has been viewed more than 11,000 times.
To examine how cancer patients get fenbendazole and general cancer information and their perceptions of that information, we conducted interviews with a total of 21 lung cancer patients who were at stages one through five of the disease. The interviews were semi-structured and lasted for about 1.5 hours each.
We found that the most common source of fenbendazole and cancer information was TV, followed by acquaintances and friends. A few of the interviewees said they got the information from the Internet or YouTube, but that was a small percentage (B, L, P, and U). Most of the interviewees who obtained fenbendazole and cancer news had done some research on their own before hearing about it from others. However, many did not realize that fenbendazole is not approved for human use, and many did not consider the information they were getting from online sources to be trustworthy. fenbendazole for humans cancer