The Testing Evidence for Using Ivermectin for Treating Lung Cancer

Last Updated on January 5, 2023 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • Ivermectin is proven to treat a variety of different cancers.
  • Lung cancer is one of them.


In a previous article titled How Ivermectin Is Useful for Treating Cancer we covered the evidence for the benefits of Ivermectin for cancer. But the question of which cancers Ivermectin has been proven to be effective is a constant source of questions.

This article provides an overview coverage of these specific cancers.

There are a lot of quotes in this article, but I have a short one for each cancer type. The article uses the term “IVM” to mean Ivermectin.

Cancer Type #1: Lung Cancer

Here is the finding of the study Ivermectin has New Application in Inhibiting Colorectal Cancer Cell Growth.

Lung cancer has the highest morbidity and mortality among cancers [70]. Nishio found that IVM could significantly inhibit the proliferation of H1299 lung cancer cells by inhibiting YAP1 activity [43]. Nappi’s experiment also proved that IVM combined with erlotinib to achieved a synergistic killing effect by regulating EGFR activity and in HCC827 lung cancer cells [50]. In addition, IVM could reduce the metastasis of lung cancer cells by inhibiting EMT.

In a study that screened drugs for the treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer, IVM significantly inhibited the development of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in nude mice at doses that were not toxic to normal thymocytes. – NIH

This study was funded by science foundations out of China.

The Importance of The NIH Stopping Any Funding For Ivermectin Studies

Notice that none of the studies on Ivermectin were performed in the US. The US has by far the largest national medical research budget in the world, and so if the US is not performing studies, this is not only a negative but tells us something peculiar about what the NIH is deciding not to fund in the area of cancer research.

Zero is the number of studies funded by the NIH on Ivermectin. The NIH will not fund studies into generic drugs, as the NIH is controlled by pharmaceutical companies and they have deep financial ties to them. Funding research into generic drugs could end up showing those drugs as effective, which is a threat to pharmaceutical profits, which the NIH is dedicated to maximizing. 

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There is now ample evidence that Ivermectin is useful against many different types of cancers. It is unlikely that these are the only cancers for which Ivermectin is effective, but the studies we were able to find so far show that Ivermectin works to combat and prevent. Ivermectin is an immuno-modulator, so it has beneficial effects not only for cancer — as one of the mechanisms of how Ivermectin works are improving the immune system, which means it improves the immune system against cancer as well as other diseases.

Regarding dosage and sourcing of Ivermectin, see the article On the Topic of Ivermectin Dosage and Sourcing.

Why Are Anti Parasitic Drugs Effective Against Cancer?

If you are interested in understanding why this class of drugs works against cancer, see the article The Mechanism of How Anti Parasitic Drugs Work to Mitigate Cancer.