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Update 2: August 5, 2020

Update 2: August 5, 2020
Update 2: August 5, 2020

“Glioblastoma” – Andy Update August 4, 2020

Last week, the results of Andy’s biopsy confirmed what doctors had suspected from Andy’s very first MRI. Andy’s tumor is a glioblastoma multiforme (or GBM). GBMs are generally aggressive tumors that can be difficult to remove surgically because of the finger-like manner in which they spread throughout healthy brain tissue.

Following Andy’s GBM diagnosis, the Hoffman family remained in Rochester to await the results of further tumor analysis that would determine what genetic markers might be present in Andy’s tumor. Like other centers of excellence, Mayo Clinic analyzes the genetic make-up of tumors to determine the most effective types of radiation and chemotherapy that can be used to treat each patient. Andy and Bri are very familiar with the importance of these gene-specific therapies as, under their leadership, the Team Jack Foundation has funded numerous research projects and clinical trials aimed at improving gene-specific therapies to treat pediatric brain cancer.

Andy is scheduled to begin 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic on Thursday, August 6. The Hoffmans were able to rent an apartment close to the Mayo campus where Andy will be undergoing radiation, and Andy and Bri intend to stay in Rochester for the duration of Andy’s radiation treatment. While Andy and Bri would love to be home in Atkinson during this time, the access to world-class radiation technology and Andy’s care team at Mayo make Rochester the best place for the Hoffmans to be during treatment.

One question that has come up often after Andy’s diagnosis is whether there is a genetic link between Jack’s brain tumor and Andy’s brain tumor. The short answer is “no.” Andy and Jack actually have two different types of brain tumors, and Andy’s physicians do not believe that Jack’s tumor was “inherited” or “passed down” through Andy’s genetics. As any parent might imagine, this was a huge relief to Andy.

The Hoffmans would like to thank all the family, friends, and even strangers who have offered their support and prayers during this time. With days full of appointments and consultations, it is difficult for the Hoffmans to respond to all the well wishes and offers of help they have received. Please know that the Hoffmans are grateful to each of you for your care and concern!

To the Hoffman’s prayer warriors: Please pray specifically for Andy’s tumor to be responsive to radiation and chemotherapy, for Andy’s physicians to be granted wisdom and good health to help find and implement the best therapies available to enhance Andy’s treatment, and for rest, peace and strength for Bri, Jack, Ava and Reese.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25.

 

Update 1: July 26, 2020

Update 1: July 26, 2020
Update 1: July 26, 2020

“We are going to fight.” – Andy Update July 26, 2020

On Sunday, July 19, Andy had what we believe to be a seizure while on a run in Atkinson, NE. A subsequent MRI revealed the unimaginable - - Andy has a large brain tumor.

After learning the MRI results, Andy was quickly referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Unfortunately, the neurosurgery team at Mayo does not believe Andy’s tumor can be removed surgically. However, they were able to take a biopsy of the tumor on Thursday, July 23, and the Hoffman family is currently at Mayo waiting on pathology to determine Andy’s tumor type. Andy is in recovery and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy and radiation as soon as possible. Once Andy’s tumor type is confirmed, the Hoffmans will be working with the neuro-oncology team at Mayo to seek out any clinical trials or other therapies that might be available to aid in Andy’s fight.

The Hoffman family is very appreciative of all the prayers and support they have received from family and friends across the country. Andy and Bri are on the front lines of the battle right now and haven’t been able to respond to all the texts, calls, and emails they have received. They will respond as they are able, but are focused right now on Andy’s recovery and treatment.

To all the Hoffman’s prayer warriors: Keep the prayers coming! Please pray specifically for Andy’s recovery from the biopsy, for Andy’s tumor to be responsive to radiation and chemotherapy, for promising clinical trials to be available to enhance Andy’s treatment, and for strength and comfort for Bri, Jack, Ava and Reese. 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2