Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pathology Report

Well we just got the biopsy report back from pathology and it has been determined that the type of cancer Evan has is not Carcinoid cancer after all but is Neuroendocrine Cancer. In a month, once he has recovered from his surgery, he will have to go through chemo to try to get rid of the tumors in his liver. The report also showed that 28 out of the 29 lymph noids that were removed were full of cancer. So it looks like we have a longer battle ahead of us than we anticipated. He has been having a difficult time breathing today and we are thinking that it is because of the pain he has been in. The nurse has just hooked him up to a pump that will distribute his pain meds in 15 min increments instead of getting it all at once every 2 hours. If he can increase his oxygen saturation level then they will increase the dosage amount. We have a better nurse this evening than we did throughout the day but I am going to stay here at the hospital with him tonight anyway to make sure he is taken care of. Evan might be up to some visitors tomorrow but please call before you come just to make sure. His room is on the 10th floor in the tallest building here at the Intermountain Medical Center. (5300 South and just west of State St.) The number for his room is 507-1014.

14 comments:

Shauna said...

Oh, I'm so sorry that Evan has to go through chemo, too. I hope that his breathing improves and he's able to be more pain-free. You're in our prayers.

Evan said...

Thank you so much, we can use all the prayers we can get. Since this post, his breathing and pain has improved.

Kelli said...

Evan, I am so sorry! We had been praying that the surgery would be the worst of it. You are definately still in our prayers. If you need anything, we are just down the street. Let us know.

Anonymous said...

Evan ....I love you sooo much,
I will continue to pray for a full recovery for you, and I am here for you and Julie, always!
Love, sissy...Lori

Lonny & Kathleen said...

Hey bud, ok so the results weren't what was expected but now you've got a battle plan and you can do this. We're all here for you and your family. We'll see you through this thing. Hang in there and stay positive! We'll be in to see you soon as you're up to visitors.

Tiffany said...

Just letting you know you are in our prayers. Good luck recovering from surgery.

Melody said...

Evan, you are strong. You can survive this. Just hang in there. One day at a time, ok. Malek and I look forward to seeing you when you are up to it. We love you dearly and you are in our prayers.
Love, Mel

Deb Childrey said...

Hoff - we need you to hang tough. You are the light & laughter in our family and we will do whatever it takes to keep you with us. During the rough times ahead, don't ever give up. You have a whole army of friends & family to help you with this fight. WE WILL WIN!!! (You know I don't ever lose!) I love you with all my heart. Always, your sis - Deb

Jules said...

Evan,

I'm glad today you are feeling better. I hope you can stay on top of your pain. It was good to talk to Julie and hear that you are doing better. I'm glad to hear you have been up walking already and eating ice chips. Nummy! We wish you a speedy recovery and know you can tackle the rest of your treatments as well. Remember that you are a survivor and you'll beat this, and fight with everything you've got. Go Evan!
Love, Naisbitts

Shawn said...

Evan, We know the biopsy result is not exactly what you wanted to hear but there is a reason for everything. We need to put our trust in God and he will bless our lives. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. We love you and feel your pain.

Julie, thanks for keeping us updated, I will call this evening to see when would be the best time to visit. Can't wait to see you.

Terri said...

Evan and Julie,

Just went and read your post from last night. My prayers are with you both and your family.

Remember that you are well thought of here at work and many have you in their thoughts and prayers. You do all you can to stay positive and to keep having faith in Heavenly Father and his love for you.

I will pass on the info to Brad and Trent. Hang in there buddy!

Terri

heidivee said...

Just wanted to add our "ditto" to all the previous comments. Julie, if YOU need anything, please let me know. I'm sure you must be exhausted too. Lots of love and prayers,

Heidi and Mike

MCK said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you guys. When Evan is up to visitors we would love to come and give our love to you guys in person. You are the greatest family EVER!

Shannon said...

Just checked out your blog after being out of town all last week. We are praying for you and know you will make it through strong! If anyone in your family needs anything, please let us know. Any rides or sleepovers or whatever, let me know.