The 64 year old told the Coffee Club how his world fell apart when a simple sinus problem turned out to be a rare form of cancer.
But now, after successful surgery and radiotherapy, he is playing an important role representing patients and the public on the board of governors.
A former headteacher with a national role advising government, Steve now helps choose and scrutinise the hospital trust to ensure ensure people continually receive the highest standard of care.
Steve, from Bowring Park in Liverpool, received radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge after surgery to remove the tumour and rebuild his face.
“Every day, I think about how grateful I am that I’m still here and able to do this role. I didn’t know if I’d survive. The way the staff at Clatterbridge dealt with me was so good. I got a realistic sense of what was going to happen and the chances of it working.” – Steve Sanderson
He told presenter Steve Evans how people from across Merseyside and Cheshire can get involved and help shape the future of the centre.
The Trust aims to invest £155m in transforming cancer care in the area, including the creation of a new main site in Liverpool.
“We’re particularly keen for younger generations to get involved as foundation trust members, as well as those my age and older, because the decisions being made today will affect cancer care, research and services in years to come.” – Steve Sanderson
Membership is free and open to anyone aged 16 or over.