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Welcome to the Oesophageal Patients Association

The OPA is a caring organisation providing good quality information for patients, their carers and family affected by oesophageal or gastric cancers. At whatever stage of your illness - recently diagnosed or some years on, facing treatment by chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or palliative care – we can help. We fully understand your worries and fears and can give the support you need in order to achieve the best possible quality of life.

A message from the Committee, June 2013

Over recent months, David Kirby and the other trustees have extended the size of the Management Committee to help to plan the future of the OPA. We are looking at head office roles and responsibilities, fundraising, finance, the database, communications, medical information, development of support for local support groups, training and similar issues.

We are keen that we should build closer links with, and involvement from, the local branches, and are conscious that we need to work on how best to communicate with each other so that we do the best for patients. David Kirby has stood down as a trustee but in view of the respect, love and admiration for his work, we have appointed him as Life President, to secure his continuing involvement, but without the legal and administrative responsibilities of having to act as a trustee or committee member.

John Talbot from Grantham has been appointed as Chairman. We also have the benefit of several other new members of the committee: Tony Ingold from Birmingham, and David Holden from London.

We are also pleased that we now have a new Medical Panel: Jane Darnton will be able to give the benefit of her medical experience and John Whiting, Upper GI surgeon, has agreed to support the Association with his professional expertise.

We are all enormously grateful for the work that David and Daphne have put in over so many years, and are looking forward to continuing to develop the OPA, building on their legacy.

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