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BBC News, West Midlands
Karen Bonham helped to make an app to help breast cancer patients prepare for radiotherapy.
New TV screens showing pictures of Yorkshire help cancer patients having radiotherapy.
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.
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."
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.