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Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO)—mebendazole as an anti-cancer agent

10 Jul 2014
Pan Pantziarka, Gauthier Bouche, Lydie Meheus, Vidula Sukhatme, Vikas P Sukhatme

Mebendazole, a well-known anti-helminthic drug in wide clinical use, has anti-cancer properties that have been elucidated in a broad range of pre-clinical studies across a number of different cancer types. Significantly, there are also two case reports of anti-cancer activity in humans. The data are summarised and discussed in relation to suggested mechanisms of action. Based on the evidence presented, it is proposed that mebendazole would synergise with a range of other drugs, including existing chemotherapeutics, and that further exploration of the potential of mebendazole as an anti-cancer therapeutic is warranted. A number of possible combinations with other drugs are discussed in the Appendix.

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