Jackson County

Pascagoula cancer survivor goes under the knife again for brain tumor

Two years after his oncologist told him he was in remission from stage 3 testicular cancer, Derek Terry of Pascagoula went under the knife again to kick cancer's butt for the second time.

Terry, who had his right testicle removed Dec. 6, 2013, was cancer-free on April 25, 2014, after an aggressive round of chemotherapy that targeted the tumors in his lymph nodes, lungs and liver.

Massive headaches

But May 14, Terry went to the emergency room because he began to get excruciating headaches.

"They did scans and found a 5-centimeter tumor on my ole brain," Terry posted to Facebook. "Cancer sucks!!!"

He met with his oncologist, Dr. Brian Persing, two days later to determine the best option for removal of the tumor. Terry flew out early Wednesday morning to Bloomington, Ind., to meet with a neurosurgeon at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. He had surgery to remove the tumor Thursday afternoon. By Friday morning, he was posting on Facebook, saying the surgery was successful.

Terry may have to go through a round of radiation therapy.

Looking forward

"You know I'll be fine," he said. "I'm not letting this speed bump slow me down. This too shall pass."

After his surgery, Terry changed his profile picture on Facebook to show the bandages wrapped around his head from the operation.

"Super Smarville now," he posted. Soon after, he posted to let his friends know he'd had an MRI, and medical personnel had removed his catheter. He was moved from ICU to a regular hospital room by Friday afternoon.

Sun Herald will follow his progress and provide updates to his condition.

In 2014, Sun Herald's Justin Mitchell and Amanda McCoy published a multimedia package that chronicled Terry's journey while battling testicular cancer.