BUTTE — The St. James Cancer Center has landed a $3.59 million gift for new cancer equipment, the St. James Healthcare Foundation announced today.
The new equipment — available nowhere else in southwest Montana — will allow the Butte medical center to treat more patients and provide better care, officials said.
The money comes from the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
The trust has about $4 billion in assets.
The money will help buy a Varian Linear Accelerator for the radiation oncology department and construct a new vault to house the equipment.
The new technology attacks tumors from 360 degrees with small beams directed directly at tumors.
Construction of the new vault to house the equipment will begin in May. Officials hope it is ready to use by the end of the year.