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."