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Access to cancer treatment: Cumbrian MP takes debate to Westminster

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Cumbrian MP Tim Farron will lead a debate in the House of Commons today, about access to cancer treatment for patients.

The majority of patients needing radiotherapy treatment in south Cumbria have to travel over an hour to their nearest radiotherapy unit in Preston.

According to the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, travel for radiotherapy treatment must take no longer than 45 minutes.

"It's estimated that one in six of us will need radiotherapy to treat cancer at some point in our lives, but easy access to this treatment can depend entirely on a postcode lottery.

"It is a sad reality that in rural areas of England like South Cumbria, travel times to cancer treatment can be unbearably long for too many people.

"And often patients are being forced to cover these long distances on public transport without the option of traveling in the relative comfort of a private car.

"It's vital that we continue to raise this as an issue, not just for people in the South Lakes but across the rest of the country too."

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale