Downloads

Our guides and leaflets are available to download below.

  • OPA Fundraising Leaflet - What You Can Do To Get Involved

    OPA Fundraising Leaflet - What You Can Do To Get Involved

    Introducing the OPA mission and different ways to help fundraise for the OPA.

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  • OPA Awareness Leaflet - Living with Oesophageal or Gastric Cancer?

    OPA Awareness Leaflet - Living with Oesophageal or Gastric Cancer?

    OPA Awareness Leaflet - Living with Oesophageal or Gastric Cancer? Introducing the OPA and our group & one-to-one support services.

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  • A guide to life after surgery

    A guide to life after surgery

    You have had a major operation and feel that life can never be the same again. It can, with slight modifications, and it can be a very good life.

    The objective now must be to learn to live with the changes in your system so that they affect your quality of life as little as possible.

    There is no need for a special diet, you can eat and drink anything you like, but some guidelines may influence the way you eat. For example, for the first 4-6 weeks you should eat food which is soft and well cooked, and adopt a little and often regimeAlmost certainly you will develop a greater interest in healthy eating and that will be better for you too.

    The recovery period is slow, but slow steady improvement is best.  It is possible for people to return to their former fitness level in time, including running marathons!!

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  • Swallowing - Nutrition when it's difficult

    Swallowing - Nutrition when it's difficult

    Difficulty in swallowing may be experienced for a number of reasons; for example, a growth may be being treated by chemotherapy prior to surgery or after surgery if considered helpful; a stricture may need dilatation (stretching); a tube (stent) may have been inserted within the oesophagus (gullet) to make a passageway through an obstruction; or during radiotherapy or laser treatment the ability to swallow may be affected. Whatever the reason, some thought may be needed as to what can be eaten, the nature of the food and its consistency. A diet of soft food often becomes variations on a theme of soup, jelly and ice-cream which can be very boring. This booklet aims to show that it need not be.

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  • The OPA General leaflet

    The OPA General leaflet

    Our objectives are to help new patients and their families to cope with any difficulties arising as a result of treatment, giving support and encouraging them to achieve a good quality of life. This is done by providing information leaflets on  matters of concern, a telephone support line, arranging patient support meetings around the UK and, where possible, visiting patients in hospital or making contact during their convalescence. 

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  • OPA Restaurant Card - English

    OPA Restaurant Card - English

    Two cards that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant. The first card states "Due to a medical condition I require urgent access to toilet facilities". The second card states "Due to a medical condition I am unable to eat normal portions of food. Please provide me with a child's size portion".

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Dutch

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Dutch

    Two cards in Dutch that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - French

    OPA Restaurant Cards - French

    Two cards in French that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - German

    OPA Restaurant Cards - German

    Two cards in German that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Greek

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Greek

    Two cards in Greek that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Italian

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Italian

    Two cards in Italian that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Polish

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Polish

    Two cards in Polish that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Portuguese

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Portuguese

    Two cards in Portuguese that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Spanish

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Spanish

    Two cards in Spanish that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • OPA Restaurant Cards - Turkish

    OPA Restaurant Cards - Turkish

    Two cards in Turkish that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant.

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  • Fundraising Permission Form

    Fundraising Permission Form

    Download our fundraising permission form if you are planning to organise a fundraising activity for the OPA. Fill the form in and then email to charity@opa.org.uk or post to: Oesophageal Patients Association, 22 Vulcan House, Vulcan Road, Solihull B91 2JY.

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  • Standing Order Form

    Standing Order Form

    Set up a regular payment via a Standing Order and help support the OPA. Also contains instructions for Giftaid - if you are a UK tax payer we will receive and extra 25p for every £1 you give.

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  • Giftaid Declaration Form for Single Donations

    Giftaid Declaration Form for Single Donations

    Giftaid declaration form for a single donation - if you are a UK tax payer we will receive and extra 25p for every £1 you give.

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  • Sponsorship Form with Giftaid Declaration

    Sponsorship Form with Giftaid Declaration

    Sponsorship form with Giftaid instructions - if your sponsors are UK tax payers we will receive and extra 25p for every £1 they give.

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  • Dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago–gastric surgery

    Dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago–gastric surgery

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham patient information leaflet on dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago–gastric surgery.

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