CODY — Cancer patients in Cody may not have to travel far for treatment after a $5.2 million grant updates the Big Horn Basin Regional Cancer Center with a new linear accelerator.
According to radiologyinfo.org
, a linear accelerator is the most commonly used device for external beam radiation treatments on cancer patients and can be used on all parts of the body by delivering high-energy x-rays to a tumor. The cancer center's radiation oncologist said the equipment, coming early in 2013, will be state-of-the-art.
"We will have equipment unmatched in many of the large cancer centers in the region," Dr. Jeffrey Gilroy said in a release. "Radiation therapies currently available in only the most advanced cancer centers will be delivered in Cody, Wyo."
The grant comes from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust,
which has distributed more than $700 million in grant funding since its 2008, when it began offering grants in earnest.
"The grant funds generously awarded [will]... allow St. Vincent Healthcare and West Park Hospital to expand our efforts to bring the highest level of cancer care to people living in and around the Big Horn Basin," said Jason Barker, CEO, St. Vincent Healthcare. "This means those diagnosed with cancer will be able to receive high-quality treatment close to home."
St. Vincent Healthcare and West Park Hospital
are co-recipients of the grant funding as co-founders of the cancer center early this year. Gilroy was hired for the center and a medical oncologist will soon be hired as well. The grant will also allow for new furnishings, electrical updates and HVAC installation.
Doug McMillan, CEO of West Park Hospital, said the generosity of the grant donors will "make a significant impact in the lives of patients with cancer and their families."
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