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Scott had his first colonoscopy at the age of 52. What it revealed shook him to his core: a three-and-a-half-inch malignant tumor. During surgery to remove it, his medical team discovered more bad news.

The cancer had already spread to his liver and lymph nodes. “I was Stage 4, and thinking I had a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, maybe a month to live,” he says. “But my doctor looked me in the eye and said, ‘This is not necessarily a death sentence.’ So far, he’s been right.”  Almost five years and many treatments later, he’s still here. And we like to think it’s because we’re here.

El Camino Hospital is redefining the role of a community hospital with an extraordinarily high level of expertise in cancer care, and doctors and nurses who battle as hard as our patients do. This is exceptional cancer care, delivered to Scott in the most personal way possible. “I had cancer,” he says, “but it didn’t have me. I don’t ever have to deal with it again, but if it comes, I’m ready to fight it.”