by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Hillsboro School Superintendent Mike Scott, shown here with elementary school students, is undergoing treatment for stage 1 colon cancer. He had surgery Thursday to remove a tumor.Hillsboro School District Superintendent Mike Scott is receiving treatment for cancer.

Originally diagnosed Dec. 27 with stage 1 colon cancer, Scott had surgery on Thursday to remove a tumor. During the procedure, doctors found several large polyps with cancerous cells on them, according to district spokeswoman Beth Graser.

As of Thursday afternoon, a post on Scott’s “Caring Bridge” site — a blog he and his wife are keeping to keep well-wishers informed — he seemed to be improving.

“Mike is doing so much better with the new medication,” Sue Scott wrote. “He’s really ready to head home. We received the treatment plan yesterday.We were surprised at the length of the plan, but we are in this for the long haul victory. It looks like Mike will have two phases. The first phase will be a combination of chemo and radiation. The second phase will be another type of chemo. The entire process should take about six months with the idea that he will be cured after the treatment. It looks like Mike will be able to return to work while he is in treatment.”

Graser said Mike Scott was initially expecting to be out of work for two weeks, but is taking it day by day.

He told district administrators about his illness at a recent meeting, and left it to their discretion how to spread the word.

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