Lois Hoffman

Lois Hoffman

Patient Advocate


Lois Hoffman, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Education and a Diploma from the College of Dentistry, was diagnosed in 2008 with Multiple Myeloma. She was operated after experiencing severe back pain which, the surgeon discovered, was a result of a tumor in her spine.  Shortly thereafter she began treatment at The James Cancer Hospital at OSU. A casualty of her diagnosis was her career as a Dental Hygienist which had spanned almost 50 years, the last 36 years at the same dental office. Her initial treatment did not produce the desired results, nor did s stem cell transplant and a clinical trial.  Her second clinical trial, now in its 34th cycle, has succeeded in placing her in remission.  Her treatment continues however. 
Lois and her husband Louis have three daughters;  Jenny, an oncology social worker in Baltimore, Betsy, Director of Production for a womens sportswear company in New York, and Meredith, the Mother of three sons who lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.  
Lois and Lou visit frequently with their three grandsons in Columbus, most often when they are in Columbus for the monthly exams at The James.  
Lois has always worked to provide for those in need by cooking food for the homeless shelter, making sweaters and caps for children at the Ronald McDonald House, knitting afghans for the womens shelter and attempting in many other ways to provide for those in need.  Her knitting continues, even while being treated for her own cancer, by providing chemocaps, knitted caps for those receiving chemotherapy, and delivering them to the James.  
Lois enjoys knitting, reading, walks, and her I-Pad. She has a circle of long term friends with whom she talks daily, goes to lunch, and enjoys visiting.
Lois attributes and important element of her recovery to a positive attitude and her active life.  That is not to say however that every day is a good day.  Some are not so good but she expects those and weathers them by staying at home and resting.
She describes her life as very satisfying.  She feels very grateful to the professionals at the James for their expertise and compassion.

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