September 17, 2014

Jack Hoffman’s brain tumor no longer in remission

Jack Hoffman during Nebraska's spring game

Jack Hoffman during Nebraska’s spring game

Jack Hoffman, who gained worldwide fame with his connection to the Nebraska Football program received troubling news from doctors yesterday.  Here is the post from the Hoffman family posted to caringbridge.org:

Marathon of healing continues …

Today we were humbly reminded that when your child has an inoperable brain tumor, that anything can happen at any point in time.  Despite Jack’s tumor being declared in remission (stable) last October, today we learned that that is no longer the case.  While we left Boston in April with the knowledge that there was a “spot of concern”, we nonetheless remained optimistic that it was just nothing.Today we had a full plate of appointments – MRI, neuro-surgeon, neurology and neuro-oncologist.  Doctors informed us that Jack’s brain tumor has grown since the April MRI.  This tumor reoccurrence is going to require some type of therapy.  The tumor reoccurrence is potentially resectable.  Thus, surgery is now an option. Options include a third neurosurgery and/or a second round of chemotherapy.We have multiple chemotherapy options to consider.  One of those options includes a clinical trial that is available here in Boston and is a targeted therapy which would target a specific genetic mutation that Jack has (his tumor was tested for this after his 2011 Boston Children’s surgery). Like other cancer treatments, this poses a secondary cancer risk and has other side effects.  Plus it would involve extensive travel.  We are checking on availability of this trial in Denver.Tomorrow all of Jack’s doctors will be round tabling his case again.  They are going to follow-up with a final recommendation.  Regardless, it will include a second round of chemotherapy.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. Jack is doing great.  This is a mild setback and everyone remains optimistic for Jack, including and especially his Mom and Dad.  We love you all and can’t thank you enough for your support.

As a very special treat for Jack, tomorrow after landing in Omaha, we are going to take Jack to the Bengals v. Chiefs game in KC to watch his friend Rex play. #WhoDey! Have a great evening with your family.

Love,
Andy, Bri, Jack, Ava & Reese