Edson Hoffman

First post: Sep 16, 2022 Latest post: Nov 10, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep Edson’s family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement.

Edson is an incredible husband, dad, new grandpa and pharmacist with malignant melanoma, first diagnosed in 2020.
He has had a wide excision of the primary tumor on his forearm.
The next step was surgery to remove several lymph nodes from his arm. This is when we sought out a melanoma specialist, Dr Milhelm and his team at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
After the surgeries Edson was followed closely with PET scans, dermatology exams, and appointments with the oncology team. These appointments and test all showed “No evidence of disease”!

After 2 years Edson had his last 6 month PET scan before moving to annual scans and it showed the melanoma had metastasized farther down in his arm.

Edson started on a newer kind of chemotherapy (Immunotherapy) that actually hyper-boosts his immune system to fight and destroy cancer cells.
Edson took 4 rounds of the combination of 2 drugs in infusions lasting 12 weeks at the U of I.
On week 15 he received a PET scan to see how well it worked before moving to monotherapy (one of those drugs) to keep the melanoma at bay.

That PET scan (9/11/22) report was not at all the good news we were hoping for. It showed “progression of disease.” The melanoma has now metastasized to Edson’s lungs, more lymph nodes, a couple of bone sites and the top of his head.
He received an MRI of his brain on Thursday and got the awesome news that there are no metastasis on his brain! This allows him to take the next step in his fight.
He is applying for a level 2 trial to fight the metastasis.
We will update this page with each step.

Edson and our kids and I know there are so many people praying for us. We can not thank you enough, we know God hears each one.