Terry Vaughn

First post: 6/18/2017 Latest post: 7/25/2017
Thank you for checking out Terry’s Caring Bridge site!  We, Cathy and Hannah, will do our best to keep this site updated with news from Terry’s journey with cancer.  The family will maintain this site and are happy to keep it up and running so that all our family and friends can keep up to date with him.  


Before we “dive-in” with all the “cancer talk”... I want to start with a clear picture of who Terry, or my dad, is.  It is important to him, and to the family, that we do not let cancer steal the spotlight and be the center of all our thoughts and conversations.  

A little about Terry:
Age-63
Favorite Color-Purple
Favorite Song-It Is Well With My Soul
Hobby-Fishing
First Job-His Dad’s Printing Company
Favorite Food-Pecan Pie
Least Favorite Food-Asparagus
Children- Nathan, Adam, Gabriel, Benjamin, and Hannah
Grandchildren- Sidney Lee, Fess, and Malakai
Embarrassing Moment- In the sixth grade his job was to help the teacher with the daily attendance.  The student office aide who would go around to each classroom to pick up the attendance was cute.  One day, when the teacher was gone, Terry took a thumbtack and tacked the attendance paper to the wall.  When the office aide went to take the attendance paper, it tore and the whole class began to laugh.  Terry went to go help the aide. When the teacher got back he was sent to the Vice Principal.  He was given 3 pops and felt like he was going to pass out! He was seeing stars!
One Word to Describe Terry- Blessed

 --Hannah

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Background Information

In April 2017,  Terry was diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer that has metastasized to the bone.  He is receiving treatment at MD Anderson under the care of Dr. Patel.  Since his diagnosis, Terry has begun androgen therapy injections and chemo treatment.  The androgen therapy injections are every 28 days, and its job is to kill the cancer cells in the prostate.  The chemo treatment he is receiving is every 3 weeks and it is targeted to kill the cancer in his bones.  Terry will remain on the androgen injections indefinitely, and we are hopeful that he will only need 6 rounds of chemo treatment.

This diagnosis came as a shock to us and rocked our world.  Terry has regularly, for many many years, kept his PSA checked at his annual physicals.  July 2016 was the last physical and all was well.  In September 2016 his alkaline phosphatase (component of the blood) was within range (30-130) as it had been in all blood labs over the years.  In March 2017, this number went from 70 to 385.  His PSA was 16.9 (normal below 4.0).  MRIs, CT scans, Nuclear Bone Scan, Bone Biopsy and Prostate Biopsy gave us the diagnosis of Prostate Adenocarcinoma.  

When you receive this type of diagnosis many questions go through your mind.  How?  Why?  Was that UTI he had in November 2016 our first sign of this?  However, you come to the realization that he is where he is today and we can only look forward.  

Terry’s MD Anderson doctors are very optimistic that he will respond well to this treatment plan. MD Anderson has done, and continues to do, extensive cutting edge research on all types of prostate cancer, and the doctors have many other treatment plans available for Terry as needed. While this cancer is not curable, it is treatable and containable.

We are optimistic that the treatments he is receiving, the expertise of the MD Anderson doctors, the prayers already being lifted up for Terry, and our God, will see him through this.  

--Cathy

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