The Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center is pledged to receive a $250,000 grant all to expand its radiation oncology services.
The funding, which will come from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, will be put toward a new, state-of-art linear accelerator.
This accelerator includes a built-in CT scanner to enable medical staff to provide high doses of radiation therapy directly to tumors, while sparing healthy surrounding tissue.
Constance Martin, who is the hospital's marketing communications manager, said a prostate cancer patient receiving daily treatments over a nine-week period could now be treated with five treatments over a three-week period.
The Bozeman Deaconess Foundation has already raised $1 million toward this effort. Once an additional $750,000 is earned through pledges or donations, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust will fulfill the $250,000 top-off grant. This is the fourth grant Bozeman Deaconess Foundation has received from the MJ Murdock Trust since 2000, totaling $1 million.
The new technology will be in use in 2014.