In February 2015 proud donors and community leaders gathered to celebrate
the role of private philanthropy in supporting the extensively renovated
Bozeman Health Cancer Center. Together, Bozeman Health Foundation and
its supporters raised over $2.7 million, exceeding our original goal of
In 2014, the Cancer Center expansion included a new Linear Accelerator
for radiation treatments and an expansion to the infusion area. The Linear
Accelerator is housed in a door-less vault and allows patients to receive
maximum doses of radiation while protecting healthy tissue. After the
expansion to the infusion area there is now a total of 17 infusion chairs,
two private infusion rooms, 11 examination rooms, and the lab and pharmacy
areas increased to accommodate current and projected growth. All of these
features will have a favorable impact on not only the quality and safety
of care, but will increase comfort and privacy for patients. The goal
of the cancer center is to ensure that patients can remain home during
their cancer care.
In 2006, medical oncology and radiation oncology services were integrated
together in an expanded cancer healing center largely funded through charitable
donations. The center promotes a team approach to oncology care. Bozeman
Health Cancer Center utilizes the latest diagnostic technology available,
from state-of-the-art mammography equipment to CT scanners, Bozeman Health's
expert cancer team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, urologists,
OB/GYNs, gastroenterologists, dermatologists and pathologists work together
to effectively diagnose and treat cancer wherever it strikes.
In 2004, the BAT system was added. BAT is an ultrasound-based organ localization
device that results in rapid and precise localization of internal anatomy
during radiation treatment. BAT is also considered a valuable tool for
treating cancers of the breast, bladder, liver, pancreas and neck.
In 2000, 3-Dimensional and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
technology was acquired to upgrade the Linear Accelerator, vastly improving
cure rates by allowing for maximum dosage of radiation while minimizing
long-term side effects to healthy tissue and organs.
In 1998, through the Destination Home Capital Campaign, a state-of-the-art
cancer center was established with a new Linear Accelerator for the provision
of local radiation therapy. Expanded services enabled patients and their
families to avoid costly and stressful travel for this lengthy treatment.
The Bozeman Health Cancer Center is a member of the Seattle Cancer Care
Alliance (SCCA) which is a group of expert physicians from Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medicine and Seattle
Children’s Hospital. This partnership allows us to offer the latest
treatment options to our patients locally, without costly and stressful
travel. All of our physicians have access to the latest information about
diagnosing and treating cancer as well as information on clinical studies
for targeted cancer therapies, even before they may become widely available.