SOUTH Lakes MP Tim Farron helped launch the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Radiotherapy’s manifesto yesterday.

It calls on the Government to increase its investment in radiotherapy and improve access to treatment.

Described by many as the Cinderella service when it comes to cancer treatments, radiotherapy currently receives five per cent of the NHS cancer treatment budget.

Access to treatment also remains a big issue for many people with patients in the South Cumbria area having to make a two to three hour round trip for five days a week, for weeks on end to reach their nearest treatment centres in Preston or Carlisle.

Also speaking at the event, which took place at the Academy of Medical Sciences in London, was Dr Jeanette Dickson from the Royal College of Radiologists, Dr Viv Cosgrove from the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine, Karen Smith from the Society and College of Radiographers and breast cancer survivor Judith Potts.

"Radiotherapy is the Cinderella service when it comes to the way we extend lives, to improve the quality of lives and save lives," said Mr Farron. "This manifesto seeks to put pressure on the Government to start properly investing in radiotherapy so that all patients have access to the best radiotherapy as close to home as possible so that they can have an effective service which will increase the cure rate for cancer."