A match and wholesome dad identified with stage 4 most cancers says he was left wanting just like the “Nightmare on Elm Road” after a horrific response to chemotherapy left him too embarrassed to attend his younger son’s cricket matches – and that he’s now hoping to avoid wasting his life with a brand new vaccine.
Geoffrey Seymour, 41, a logistics specialist, beloved taking part in tennis, basketball and cricket and was all the time match till simply earlier than his forty first birthday when he began having blood in his stool.
Geoffrey was conscious that this was an indication of most cancers from adverts on the tv, so he shortly went to his GP.
Geoffrey, who lives in Richmond, London, together with his spouse Santa, 44, and son Marco, 10, was identified with stage 4 colorectal most cancers, which had unfold from his colon to his liver – a situation so unhealthy and apparently hopeless that he in contrast it. that it might be “wrapped in a paper bag that’s on hearth”.
He additionally had a nasty response to chemotherapy breaking the pores and skin on his face and, in response to Geoffrey, making him appear like Freddy Krueger from the 1984 horror movie, Evening on Elm Road.
Nevertheless, the chemotherapy stopped working and now, in an try to avoid wasting his life, Geoffrey has traveled to Germany for dendritic cell remedy – the place a customized vaccine is created in a laboratory with the intention of the immune system to encourage
Analysis on this space is at an early stage, in response to Most cancers Analysis UK, so the remedy was not low cost – one injection in Germany, on October 17, price £17,000 and Geoffrey is now ready to see if sufficient to assist. for him, as he continues to lift cash to pay for it.
He stated: “I could not even wait till the tip of the fundraising to do it simply because I am so nervous the illness was going to unfold.”
Geoffrey was decided to discover a new method after three periods of 5 doses of chemotherapy failed and left him with uncomfortable side effects so unhealthy he not wished to exit in public, even to see a bit of boy taking part in cricket.
“I had a very unhealthy response to my face, it was stuffed with painful swelling that made my face really feel prefer it was on hearth,” he stated.
“I bought to the purpose the place I regarded a bit like Nightmare on Elm Road. If I did not go there with a bag on my head, different folks would come as much as me and have a look at me pondering, “What’s flawed with this man?” after I’m fairly glad to combine with the group.”
Geoffrey’s ordeal started in April 2021, simply two weeks earlier than his forty first birthday on March 4, when he bought the primary warning indicators of most cancers.
After seeing blood in his stool, Geoffrey determined to go to his GP, as he knew it may very well be an indication of most cancers. And on the finish of March at Kingston Hospital, he was identified with stage 4 colorectal most cancers, which had metastasized to the liver.
After the analysis, in March 2021, he had 5 cycles of chemotherapy each three weeks which initially diminished the lesions in his liver. At this level he says he was feeling “hopeful”.
In December 2021, he had surgical procedure to take away a 3rd of his liver, and the medical group started getting ready him for radiotherapy for use on his colon – he even had radio spots on it the tattoo for the laser alignment.
A month later, a scan confirmed extra tumors in his liver, so he had one other spherical of chemotherapy. This time it was profitable and liver surgical procedure was booked for June 2022.
Nevertheless, simply as issues have been wanting up, a couple of weeks earlier than the operation, a scan revealed illness development. Geoffrey was put again on chemotherapy with a distinct agent and the surgical procedure was postponed.
After simply two rounds, blood work and a scan confirmed illness development once more, whereas the uncomfortable side effects grew to become insufferable for Geoffrey.
He stated: “The uncomfortable side effects have gotten worse, worse, worse, and now, chemotherapy is not efficient, the physique has turn out to be used to it.”
Explaining why he reacted badly to the chemotherapy drug, he stated: “Mainly it kills your fast-growing cells, together with your most cancers cells, but additionally into your hair and nails. I had a very unhealthy response to that in my face.”
Decided to search out another, Geoffrey started doing his personal analysis by wanting on-line and located dendritic cell remedy, solely to be advised it might not be accessible within the UK.
He determined to fly to a lab in Ulm, Germany to bear the week-long remedy on 17 October 2022. Family and friends rallied round to contribute to his Go Fund Me attraction, which raised over £14,000 and helped by paying for the £17,000 injection.
“I am nonetheless in ache, I am in quite a lot of ache, and I am looking for a superb stability of actually robust remedy,” he stated.
Geoffrey is because of meet his oncologist within the UK on November 1, however is aware of he might should pay for further vaccine doses and extra remedy overseas and is continuous to lift cash to pay for that.
Caroline Geraghty, specialist most cancers data nurse at Most cancers Analysis UK, stated: “Dendritic cell remedy is a kind of vaccine that may deal with most cancers. Dendritic cells assist the immune system acknowledge and assault irregular cells, comparable to most cancers cells.
“To make the vaccine, scientists develop dendritic cells subsequent to most cancers cells within the laboratory. The vaccine then stimulates your immune system to assault the most cancers. It’s nonetheless being researched, so the proof base shouldn’t be but robust sufficient for it to be accessible within the UK.
“Choices about the most effective remedy should be based mostly on robust proof of profit – so it is essential that sufferers speak to their physician about different remedies they is likely to be contemplating.”
She stated: “Because of steady advances in analysis, there are nonetheless many new most cancers medication exhibiting effectiveness in scientific trials, offering potential choices for folks with most cancers.
“However whereas regulators have improved the tempo at which they assess them for routine NHS use, there are nonetheless, sadly, occasions when sure medication will not be but available to individuals who may gain advantage . We perceive how troublesome this may be. “