Scott Spaulding grew up in Palo Alto and attended UC Santa Barbara, where he met his wife. Scott has been working in regional government in Santa Barbara County for the last 14 years and at age 49 was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in April 2015 after a colonoscopy. He had been experiencing some symptoms, so the colonoscopy was not an age-based routine screening procedure. His father passed away from prostate cancer at age 87, and his mother had a benign colon polyp surgically removed at age 77 but fully recovered and continues to live at home at age 91. None of his three older siblings have experienced any symptoms or been diagnosed with any colon or rectal related conditions.
Scott began 28 days of radiation and pill-based chemotherapy in June and is scheduled for surgery in September. Following surgery, he had been told to plan for 4-6 months of chemotherapy. Scott was fortunate to not encounter any significant side effects from his radiation and chemotherapy.