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, liked enjoying 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 rapidly went to his GP.
Geoffrey, who lives in Richmond, London, along 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 dangerous and apparently hopeless that he in contrast it. that it will be “wrapped in a paper bag that’s on hearth”.
He additionally had a foul response to chemotherapy breaking the pores and skin on his face and, in accordance with Geoffrey, making him appear to be Freddy Krueger from the 1984 horror movie, Evening on Elm Road.
Nonetheless, 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 goal of the immune system to encourage
Analysis on this space is at an early stage, in accordance with Most cancers Analysis UK, so the therapy 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 boost cash to pay for it.
He stated: “I could not even wait till the top of the fundraising to do it simply because I am so apprehensive 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 unwanted effects so dangerous he not wished to exit in public, even to see slightly boy enjoying cricket.
“I had a very dangerous response to my face, it was stuffed with painful swelling that made my face really feel prefer it was on hearth,” he stated.
“I acquired 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 individuals would come as much as me and have a look at me pondering, “What’s improper with this man?” once I’m fairly joyful to combine with the gang.”
Geoffrey’s ordeal started in April 2021, simply two weeks earlier than his forty first birthday on March 4, when he acquired the primary warning indicators of most cancers.
After seeing blood in his stool, Geoffrey determined to go to his GP, as he knew it might 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 prognosis, in March 2021, he had 5 cycles of chemotherapy each three weeks which initially decreased 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 making 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.
Nonetheless, simply as issues had been wanting up, a number of weeks earlier than the operation, a scan revealed illness development. Geoffrey was put again on chemotherapy with a unique agent and the surgical procedure was postponed.
After simply two rounds, blood work and a scan confirmed illness development once more, whereas the unwanted effects turned insufferable for Geoffrey.
He stated: “The unwanted effects have gotten worse, worse, worse, and now, chemotherapy is not efficient, the physique has turn into used to it.”
Explaining why he reacted badly to the chemotherapy drug, he stated: “Principally it kills your fast-growing cells, together with your most cancers cells, but in addition into your hair and nails. I had a very dangerous response to that in my face.”
Decided to seek out an alternate, Geoffrey started doing his personal analysis by wanting on-line and located dendritic cell remedy, solely to be instructed it will not be obtainable within the UK.
He determined to fly to a lab in Ulm, Germany to endure the week-long therapy on 17 October 2022. Family and friends rallied round to contribute to his Go Fund Me enchantment, which raised over £14,000 and helped by paying for the £17,000 injection.
“I am nonetheless in ache, I am in lots of ache, and I am looking for a great steadiness of actually sturdy remedy,” he stated.
Geoffrey is because of meet his oncologist within the UK on November 1, however is aware of he could should pay for further vaccine doses and extra therapy overseas and is constant to boost 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, similar 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 just isn’t but sturdy sufficient for it to be obtainable within the UK.
“Selections about the very best therapy should be primarily based on sturdy proof of profit – so it is essential that sufferers discuss to their physician about different therapies they is perhaps contemplating.”
She stated: “Due to steady advances in analysis, there are nonetheless many new most cancers medicine exhibiting effectiveness in scientific trials, offering potential choices for individuals with most cancers.
“However whereas regulators have improved the tempo at which they assess them for routine NHS use, there are nonetheless, sadly, instances when sure medicine are usually not but available to individuals who may benefit . We perceive how tough this may be. “