Scorpion venom: A cure for cancer?

Posted at: 11/08/2013 10:45 AM
By: Jaclyn Schultz, KPNX



PHOENIX, Ariz. (KPNX) -- When you live in the desert, you often encounter dangerous scorpions.

While many believe they're nothing more than a poisonous pest, others believe their venom could be life-saving for people suffering from cancer.
 
The serum, Escozine, is made from venom harvested from Caribbean Blue Scorpions. Researchers believe the serum can boost the body's ability to fight cancer and kill off the cancer cells.

The company behind the serum, Medolife, says it's working to get the Food and Drug Administration to start clinical trials.

Meanwhile, Medolife claims more than 8,000 people have been tested, and many claim it works.

The serum costs up to $4,000 for three months of treatment.

Oncologist doctor Santosh Rao says cancer patients often take dozens of other therapies not always doctor approved.  
 
Rao, who specializes in integrative oncology, helps cancer patients use treatments such as acupuncture with traditional medicine.

But Rao says without more rigorous testing from the FDA, patients shouldn't put all their hopes in a serum.