A PROSTATE cancer survivor has been called a 'real driving force' behind cutting edge treatment for other men suffering from the disease.
Prostate cancer care across West Cheshire, Wirral and Merseyside took a giant leap forward when the £300,000 Minimally Invasive Prostate Cancer Unit was opened earlier this year at Clatterbridge Hospital and Oncology Centre.
Lance Yates, pictured, from Helsby was one of the key fundraisers at the recent official opening of the hi-tech unit by Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall who said: 'We've got a state-of-theart service here which will make a major difference to cancer care, and Lance was a real driving force for this appeal.'
Lance, 62, said his cancer was now too far advanced to benefit from the new unit.
However, his fundraising efforts - and his tireless campaign to raise awareness of the disease - has helped ensure that other patients have easy access to the treatments which offer effective alternatives to radical surgery or daily visits to hospitals for up to six weeks for radiotherapy.
It means patients in the region can now be treated locally, instead of having to travel to Leeds for brachytherapy or London and Sunderland for cryotherapy.
They can also be carried out as day-case procedures, rather than operations requiring a stay.