New TV screens showing pictures of Yorkshire help cancer patients having radiotherapy
New TV screens showing pictures of Yorkshire help cancer patients having radiotherapy.

Travel distances 'put cancer patients off transport'

Figures indicate some cancer patients in Cumbria are not going for life-prolonging treatment because of the distance they would have to travel.

People in the south of the county have to travel to Preston for regular radiotherapy and round trips can take between three and six hours.

Figures from the Department of Health show the number of patients going for radiotherapy drops as travel time increases.

Westmorland General Hospital

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron, who has campaigned for many years for a radiotherapy unit at the hospital in Kendal (pictured), says his experience backs up the statistics.

A lady in her 90s told me face to face that being diagnosed with cancer for the third time, she would be turning down treatment at this end just simply because of the distance."

Tim Farron

North East clinc second in the country to offer pioneering cancer treatment

BBC Newcastle

A North East clinic is now the second in England to offer a pioneering therapy to treat cancer.

The proton beam therapy machine delivers a form of radiotherapy using high-energy beams to target tumours.

It goes live today at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, in Bedlington.

Only self-funded patients and those with private medical insurance will be able to receive the treatment

Centre manager Chris Land says the cancer clinic hopes to secure a contract with the NHS in the near future to deliver the therapy through the health service.

The first clinic offering the treatment was in Manchester.

The first proton-beam therapy centre, in Manchester