A Pinworm Medication Is Being Tested As A Potential Anti-Cancer Drug

January 30, 2017

Cancer researchers are testing whether mebendazole, a cheap, safe drug that's been used for more than 40 years to treat parasitic infections, might also help to fight cancer such as glioblastoma. The research is part of a growing movement to take a fresh look at old medicines to see if they have new uses.

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If this project is successful, mebendazole could provide a safe, inexpensive, effective glioblastoma treatment with the potential for rapid translation into the clinic.  Because mebendozole has been used around the world for years to treat pinworm infections in children, it offers a particularly enticing opportunity as a treatment for pediatric brain tumors.