Senators announce $700,000 for cancer research

Grant will help fund Montana Cancer Consortium

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Montana Cancer Consortium will not face any budget cuts this year, thanks to a grant announced today by Montana's Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

The Montana Cancer Consortium connects all of Montana's and northern Wyoming's oncologists together in a network of cancer researchers. Through the consortium, doctors are able to access the latest research being conducted at America's leading research universities.

This grant renews a program that was started in 1995.

"Programs like this are so essential for allowing Montana to take advantage of cutting-edge research being done around the country," Baucus said. "Linking physicians from all corners of our state is a benefit to the patients and our entire communities."

"The Montana Cancer Consortium is a vital program for Montanans who are suffering from cancer," Tester said. "Modern technology allows us to benefit from research being done on the other side of the country and around the world, and I am pleased to see a rural state like Montana participating in cutting edge medicine."

The grant will come from the Department of Health and Human Services' National Cancer Institute.