I looked like Freddy Krueger after bowel cancer spread through my body – here was the first warning sign

A DAD who “looked like Freddy Krueger” after a horrific reaction to chemotherapy first realized something was wrong when he found blood in his stool.

Shortly after his symptoms began, the previously fit Geoffrey Seymour was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

Geoffrey Seymour said chemotherapy made him look like the Nightmare on Elm Street


Geoffrey Seymour said chemotherapy made him look like the Nightmare on Elm StreetCredit: PA Real Life
The father said he felt like Freddy Krueger from the 1984 film


The father said he felt like Freddy Krueger from the 1984 filmCredit: Alamy

The 41-year-old underwent chemotherapy but responded poorly and his face morphed into the “Nightmare on Elm Street,” he says.

He was too embarrassed to go to his son’s cricket matches and desperately sought alternative treatment.

Geoffrey’s ordeal began in April 2021, just two weeks before his birthday, when he started receiving the first warning signs.

Noticing blood in his stool, he remembered it was a sign of cancer from the television commercial, so he quickly consulted his GP.

Weeks later, Geoffrey, who lives in Richmond, south-west London, with his wife Santa, 44, and their son Marco, 10, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, which had spread from his colon to his liver.

He said: “I’ve always taken care of myself, so getting the diagnosis was huge.”

Geoffrey started chemotherapy but had a bad reaction because it killed his rapidly growing cells that were blistering the skin on his face.

The procurement specialist described the situation as serious and seemingly hopeless as being “wrapped in a burning paper bag.”

According to the father, it made him look like Krueger from the 1984 film.

Geoffrey then had to retire from the family activities he used to enjoy, such as tennis, basketball and cricket. He also stopped going to Marco’s athletic competitions.

He said, “If I wasn’t going there with a bag on my head, other people would come up to me and look at me and be like, ‘What’s wrong with this guy?’ when I’m pretty happy to blend in with the crowd.

“[But] Not having the energy to do what I want to do is the biggest real hit.

“I’m just not used to doing nothing – I’m not used to being the guy who has to go and relax or even take a nap.

“I want my son to feel like he’s a little boy and be naughty and naughty and do the things he loves to do without having to worry about me.”

Geoffrey’s treatment then stopped working, so in an attempt to save his life he traveled to Germany for dendritic cell therapy – where a personalized vaccine is being made in a laboratory with the aim of stimulating the immune system.


Research in this area is still in its early stages, according to Cancer Research UK, so it hasn’t come cheap.

Just one injection on October 17 cost £17,000 and Geoffrey is now waiting to see if it was enough to help him while he continues to raise funds to pay for it.

He said, “I couldn’t even wait until the end of the fundraiser to finish it just because I was so worried the disease would spread.”

Luckily, his 10-year-old wife, Santa, a senior lab technician, was incredibly supportive throughout the process.

Her GoFundMe appeal has raised nearly £27,000 so far.

Geoffrey said: “It’s really very emotional.

“I don’t feel alone, and I feel like there’s an army that really has my back and is ready to support me in some way if I fall.”

Since undergoing dendritic cell therapy, Geoffrey said he still feels tired and is living with “a lot of pain” but understands it’s not a “magic bullet” that will fix things overnight.

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Depending on the results, he may have to pay for another vaccination and treatment abroad.

“I obviously want to sort myself out and get my issues sorted out and not wait for the NHS because I feel like it’s like a ticking time bomb and there’s no time to really wait,” he added.

What are the warning signs of colon cancer?

IT IS the fourth most common cancer in the UK, the second deadliest – yet colon cancer can be cured if caught early enough.

While screening is one way to ensure early diagnosis, there are things everyone can do to reduce their risk of the deadly disease.

Being aware of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer, recognizing any changes, and consulting your GP can prove life-saving.

If you notice any of the signs, don’t be ashamed or ignore them. Doctors are used to treating many patients with intestinal problems.

The five warning signs of colon cancer are:

  • Bleeding from the posterior passage or blood in your stool
  • A change in your normal toilet habits – for example, walking more often
  • Pain or a lump in your abdomen
  • Extreme tiredness
  • lose weight

Tumors in the gut typically bleed, which can lead to a shortage of red blood cells, known as anemia. It can cause fatigue and sometimes shortness of breath.

In some cases, colon cancer can block the bowel, this is called a bowel obstruction.

Other characters are:

  • Gripping pains in abdomen
  • bloating
  • Constipation and inability to breathe
  • Be sick
  • The feeling that you have to exert yourself – like number two – but after you’ve been to the toilet

While these are all signs to look out for, experts warn that the most serious is noticing blood in your stool.

However, they warn that it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose the disease, as in most cases these symptoms are a sign of a less serious illness.

Geoffrey with his wife Santa and son Marco


Geoffrey with his wife Santa and son MarcoCredit: PA Real Life

https://www.the-sun.com/health/7430848/dad-bowel-cancer-warning-sign/ I looked like Freddy Krueger after bowel cancer spread through my body – here was the first warning sign

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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