Dimethyl sulfoxide is a chemical available as a prescription medicine for treating pain. In alternative cancer treatment, practitioners use DMSO to enable chemotherapy to focus specifically on cancer cells by opening their ports. The DMSO binds to chemotherapy drugs, targets the cancer cells, drags chemotherapy into the cells, and the chemotherapy now kills its target: the cancer cells.
DMSO’s main advantage is that much less chemotherapy is needed as it targets cancer cells killing more of them and do much less damage to non-cancerous cells.
Research from 2010 concludes that: “Methyl sulfone may have clinical potential as a non-toxic agent effective against metastatic melanoma. Additionally, methyl sulfone has promise as a tool to explore the molecular mechanisms of metastatic transformation as well as fundamental processes such as cell migration, contact inhibition, wound healing and cellular senescence”