Elizabeth Sagers Cancer Treatment

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Raised by 59 people in 3 months
Created October 22, 2018
Elizabeth Sagers Cancer Treatment
on behalf of Stephen Sagers
Liz was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last year, it has since spread to her liver and there are concerning blood clots.  Surgery isn't possible for a couple of reasons.   She has done chemo and radiation and is on medicine to help with her blood clot. The insurance plan does not have a max out of pocket on pharmacy. The medications for her treatments are very expensive.

Liz is also trying alternative medicine and treatments that are helping with the pain and side affects of the cancer, which are not covered by insurance.   We are asking for help as this is financially devastating their sweet family.   Any amount will help alleviate the financial burden on their family.

We are praying for a quick recovery for Liz so she can spend many years with her husband Stephen and her 6 year old daughter Megan.

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Loving wife and mother, Elizabeth Ann Sagers (38) of Kearns, Utah, passed away at home on February 1, 2019 after a 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Elizabeth was born in Ogden, Utah to Claude and Brenda Mecham on April 26, 1980. She graduated from Snow College and Westminster College with degrees in nursing. Her faith in Jesus Christ was a core part of her life. She served in the Guatemala City South LDS mission from 2002 - 2004 where she became the mission nurse. On June 29, 2007, she married Stephen Sagers in the Salt Lake Temple. She worked as a registered nurse at Cottonwood Hospital & Intermountain Medical Center for over 15 years tending to oncology & medical patients.

While living in Fountain Green, Utah she had the opportunity to participate multiple times in the Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant. She enjoyed traveling and visited many faraway places like Israel, Guatemala, Switzerland, Argentina and many places in the US. Spending time with nature and her family made her happy. She enjoyed working with the Primary and Cub Scouts.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Stephen, daughter Megan, brothers and sisters: Carolyn Matthews (Jacob), Jacqueline Jenson (Jacob), Michelle Hutchinson (Scott), Jacob Mecham (Rebecca), David Mecham, Mary Christensen (Keith), and her parents Claude and Brenda Mecham.

Elizabeth’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all those who supported and loved her throughout her life and especially during her cancer battle; of special note the amazing doctors and nurses (many of whom were her former co-workers) who helped to take care of her during her final weeks.

Services
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Thursday, Feb, 07, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kearns Utah West Stake Center
6175 West Borax Avenue
Kearns, UT 84118

Friday, Feb, 08, 2019 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Kearns Utah West Stake Center
6175 West Borax Avenue
Kearns, UT 84118

Funeral Service
Friday, Feb, 08, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kearns Utah West Stake Center
6175 West Borax Avenue
Kearns, UT 84118
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Here's an update on Liz if you are interested. Our prayers are with you and your family:

A lot has happened since the last Liz Update 3 months ago. At that time the post CT scan had shown 2 spots on the liver (where before it had just been the tumor in the pancreas) and a clot in the vein going into the liver. At the time we were looking at a biopsy of the liver spots to see if it was the cancer from the pancreas. Liz did do the biopsy and they were finally able to firmly determine that it was the Adenocarcinoma pancreatic cancer. Our oncologist sent out the tissue samples out to be genetically tested to see if there were any mutations that might have a more targeted treatment available. Unfortunately, ours was the vanilla flavor that didn’t have much going for it. The doctor looked into clinical trials, but at the time there wasn’t anything really promising.
His next recommendation was another round of chemo - different from the original chemo regimen, but including the same chemo drug she had when she was doing radiation. Liz was not doing very well healthwise, so she decided to not start chemo at that time and instead do some non-traditional medical treatments. These included vitamin C & ALA IV infusions every week.
Liz has had a number of other issues during this time. Starting in October her belly started filling up with liquid between the organs. This caused pressure and lots of pain and would cause her stomach to swell up like she was 9 months pregnant. She had a stretch of 6 weeks with a weekly paracentesis - medical procedure where they stick a needle attached to a tube attached to a bucket into your belly to drain the liquid. At the highest point they extracted 4.2 liters of liquid (think 2 plastic soda bottles in your belly). It calmed down during Thanksgiving, but has picked up again, so back to weekly paracentesis. At one point we went into the ER because of the pain thinking at the very least they could do a paracentesis while we were there (it was a Sunday night and you have to have a doctor order then get scheduled the paracentesis). Unfortunately the ER doesn’t do paracentesis because it’s a ‘therapeutic’ procedure. >:-( The doctor thinks that it may be caused by the blood clot situation. The body creating some collateral veins to get blood around the blocked vein. Those collateral veins are fresh and new and leaky.
To treat the blood clot the doctor prescribed a blood thinner. The typical treatment is to start with Lovenox for a week (twice daily needle shots you inject in your belly) then transition to an oral blood thinner. Liz had been on the oral medication for a little bit when her monthly cycle went crazy - extremely long and she was losing a lot of blood. Early October while she was getting a blood draw for some blood tests, they found her blood level had dropped too low and did a blood transfusion there. They had her stop the oral blood thinner (which takes a lot longer time to wear off) to help stop the blood loss. They then decided to keep her on the shots for the rest of the 3 month regimen.
About the time her belly stopped filling up with liquid the first time, her digestive system decided it didn’t want to let things process / move all the way through. So even though her belly wasn’t filled up with fluid, it was still big because of that. She has been losing weight because of all the various things she’s having to go through - down to 100 lbs.
It also didn’t help that the week after Thanksgiving, Stephen went into the ER with some heart attack symptoms (chest pressure, numbness of the arm). Luckily it wasn’t a heart attack (blocking of an artery into the heart and heart muscle dies). He had been ill earlier in the week, and the virus affected the heart a little bit. Then the body’s immune system tries to help out, but does more harm causing inflammation in what’s called myocarditis.
This brings us up to today when we met with the oncologist to review the CT scan 3 months after the previous one. Unfortunately it was bad news. The blood clot hadn’t shrunk (though it hadn’t increased either). It means more Lovenox shots, yay! One of the spots in the liver had increased in size from 1 cm to 4 cm, and instead of 2 there are a dozen.
The medical oncologist still has the chemo that he can try, though it isn’t a targeted treatment. However, he did find a new clinical trial at Huntsman that he had some hope for. It entails an immunotherapy drug (to try to get the body’s immune system to recognize the cancer as bad and attack it), along with 2 other drugs currently used in other kinds of cancer (like bladder & skin cancer). One of the limiting factors is that you can only have 2 courses of treatment - with Liz’s chemo & radiation treatments makes 2. If she had started chemo 3 months ago, it would have made her ineligible for the trial. We would have to meet with the Huntsman team and see if it’s right for Liz, but at least it’s got some hope.
And tomorrow Liz gets to have another blood transfusion because her blood levels have dropped again.
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