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  • Birmingham 22nd April meeting with speaker on physical activity

    The visting speaker at the Birmingham meeting will be Mr. Aaron Hall – Macmillan Physical Activity Practitioner. The meeting will take place at 10am on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at The Old Joint ...

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    Birmingham 22nd April meeting with speaker on physical activity
  • Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the OPA

    OPA's AGM for 2017 is to be held at The Thackray Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. On 20th May 2017 at 10.15 until early afternoon. Refreshments and a buffet will be provided during the AG...

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    Notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the OPA
  • We have moved to new offices

    The head office of the OPA has moved to new offices in Henley in Arden. As of Monday 20th March 2017, our new head office address is: Oesophageal Patients Association,50 High Street,Henley In Arden,W...

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    We have moved to new offices
  • Future trials into statins led by the University of East Anglia

    Are statins an effective treatment in the prevention of recurrent cancer to improve survival in patients with operable oesophageal adenocarcinoma? Dr Leo Alexandre (MED), Clinical Lecturer in Gastroe...

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    Future trials into statins led by the University of East Anglia
  • New Year, New Challenge

    Fancy a challenge in the UK or abroad in 2017? Want the thrill of a hard physical challenge, enjoying making new friends and raising money for the OPA at the same time? By taking part in one of our U...

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    New Year, New Challenge
  • Share your experience of digestive conditions with the Core charity

    The Core charity are conducting an important research project to help better understand the needs and experiences of people affected by digestive conditions. Core are presently reviewing and shaping C...

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    Share your experience of digestive conditions with the Core charity
  • Have you had surgery for Gastric Cancer?

    The GASTROS study are seeking patients who are willing to take part in an interview about their experiences following surgery for stomach cancer. "Ultimately, we want to identify the things about su...

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    Have you had surgery for Gastric Cancer?
  • Leave a gift in your Will

    OPA Patron Fiona Wade tells us her story and why leaving a gift in your Will is a special way you can help patients. Message from our Patron, Fiona Wade: “Your legacy will help to save lives...

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    Leave a gift in your Will
  • OPA Scarf Special Offer

    We're now well into Winter, get your hands on your OPA scarf and wrap up warm. Made of acrylic, our high-quality luxurious feel scarf is now available for only £10.00 including postage and...

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    OPA Scarf Special Offer
  • Happy New Year from the OPA

    From all of us at OPA headquarters we wish you a happy New Year. If you have any news stories or would like to contribute to the website please email us at enquiries@opa.org.uk - we always look forwar...

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    Happy New Year from the OPA
  • OPA Xmas Newsletter

    Welcome to the Xmas edition of the OPA Newsletter which we hope you will enjoy reading. In this issue an update on Scotland groups and we meet the new OPA Trustees. View the OPA Xmas Newsletter as a ...

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    OPA Xmas Newsletter
  • Talk presented by Orla Hynes – Nutritionist - to the OPA

    Orla Hynes, Principal GI Dietitian, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, gave a talk to the OPA about survivorship, nutrition and quality of life after surgery. You can read a PDF of the pre...

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    Talk presented by Orla Hynes – Nutritionist - to the OPA
  • Trends in Urology & Men's Health article features case study of Philip Coverdale

    Philip Coverdale features in an article in the latest edition of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health covering oesophageal cancer in men. In the case history "A vigilant nurse a...

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    Trends in Urology & Men's Health article features case study of Philip Coverdale
  • Achalasia Support Group in the West Midlands

    Are you an Achalasia sufferer, or know someone who is, living in the West Midlands area? We are forming a new Achalasia group in the centre of the UK in the West Midlands area, and if you would like t...

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    Achalasia Support Group in the West Midlands
  • Winner of OPA student scarf competition with Heriot Watt University announced!

    Haward Soper, OPA Secretary, and Celia were invited to the Heriot Watt campus in Galashiels where Angela Cassidy and Jane Robertson of the School of Textiles showed the eight entries for the scarf com...

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    Winner of OPA student scarf competition with Heriot Watt University announced!
  • Grilled chicken breasts - Acid reflux recipe

    This GERD friendly "hot off the grill" recipe sizzles with the rustic flavour of fresh sage leaves.  We tuck the sage leaves and other seasonings under the skin of the bone-on breasts, which ke...

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    Grilled chicken breasts - Acid reflux recipe
  • OPA launch student scarf competition with Heriot Watt University

    Heriot Watt University has been approached by the OPA to run a student scarf competition with a prize of £250 for the winning design. The students at Heriot Watt University, a leading UK Univer...

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    OPA launch student scarf competition with Heriot Watt University
  • Fund-raising family & friends take part in gruelling X Runner event

    See the video of Nick Butcher's family and friends raising funds for the OPA! Following Nick's unfortunate diagnosis, Nick, his family and friends have raised over £1000 last weekend by compl...

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    Fund-raising family & friends take part in gruelling X Runner event
  • Maggie's Glasgow hosting information evening on Wednesday 26th October

    Do you want to know more about oesophageal cancer and developments in treatment? Come along to an information evening, hosted by Maggie’s Glasgow & The Oesophageal Patients Association. Th...

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    Maggie's Glasgow hosting information evening on Wednesday 26th October
  • Phil Coverdale raising money with a trek across the Peak District!

    TrekFest ‘The Peaks’ has tested Phil Coverdale to his limits when he took to the beautiful Peak District in early September to help raise money for the OPA. Read Phil's inspiring story ...

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    Phil Coverdale raising money with a trek across the Peak District!
  • Madeira Cake Recipe

    Follow our simple steps for making a classic Madeira cake. Whip up a soft, buttery treat that's perfect for afternoon tea. Ingredients 175g/6oz butter, at room temperature 175g/6oz caster sugar ...

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    Madeira Cake Recipe
  • OPA Support Meeting Birmingham

    Come along this Saturday to the OPA meeting in Birmingham. Ewen Griffiths from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham will be the guest speaker. A great chance to meet up and meet others. This Saturd...

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

    The new OPA Fundraising Leaflet is available to download. Introducing the OPA mission and different ways to help fundraise for the OPA. Download the OPA Fundraising Leaflet as a PDF...

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

    Whether you dine for business or pleasure, £1 for every diner will be donated by the restaurant to the OPA, if you so choose, when you make a reservation via ChariTable Bookings at absolutely no...

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    ChariTable Bookings
  • John Taylor on LBC Radio - Listen to the interview!

    Listen in everyone! OPA Trustee and OPA Leeds co-ordinator John Taylor interviewed on LBC Radio on June 16th. Listen to the interview which is available as an MP3 audio file - a popular file that...

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    John Taylor on LBC Radio - Listen to the interview!
  • Awareness Day a great success - watch the video!

    The OPA held an awareness day in Touchwood Shopping Centre on 15th June 2016 to raise awareness of persistent (every day for three weeks or more) heartburn or indigestion. The day was a great success....

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    Awareness Day a great success - watch the video!
  • BBC Northern Ireland Appeal interview with Helen Setterfield

    Watch the BBC video clip of Helen Setterfield, Chairman of the Oesophageal Patients Association Northern Ireland, talking about the work of the charity. There is also radio interviews and videos av...

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    BBC Northern Ireland Appeal interview with Helen Setterfield
  • Awareness Day at Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull

    On the 15th June 2016 we're holding an awareness day at Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull, West Midlands. We will be there between 10am and 4pm to spread our Ref Lux - blowing the whistle on can...

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    Awareness Day at Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull
  • Prince Charles and Camilla drop in to OPA Session in Harrogate

    David and Barbara Shreeve organise a monthly drop in session for members of the Leeds Regional OPA at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate Hospital.  It is an informal occasion and ...

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    Prince Charles and Camilla drop in to OPA Session in Harrogate
  • OPA Annual General Meeting 2016

    The 2016 OPA AGM will be hosted on 25th June 2016 by our Birmingham group at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham city centre which is directly opposite St. Philips Cathedral. A buffet lunch will be pro...

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    OPA Annual General Meeting 2016
  • Achalasia Causes and some Non Gastrointestinal Consequences

    Following on from our very successful meetings in the past few years, the Achalasia Group are very fortunate to be able to set up a further meeting with Majid Hashemi, consultant upper GI surgeon. Th...

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    Achalasia Causes and some Non Gastrointestinal Consequences
  • OPA gets snappy with Instagram

    The OPA now has two new Instagram accounts - Instagram is an online photo and video sharing community. You can now view photos from the OPA, share with friends and family and make comments. To get st...

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    OPA gets snappy with Instagram
  • Results of the PSP Survey

    The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is an initiative commissioned by the NIAA to identify important topics for future research and help direct the future research...

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    Results of the PSP Survey
  • Core case study request

    Be a patient case study! Core, a charity that focuses on diseases that affect the gut, the liver and pancreas, are looking for people who will be able to share their experiences about digestive disea...

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    Core case study request
  • Survivorship and Oesophagogastric cancer – Let us know your thoughts

    We are looking for volunteers from London and surrounding areas to help us review how we look after patients who have had treatment for Oesophagogastric cancer in the last few years. We would like to...

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    Survivorship and Oesophagogastric cancer – Let us know your thoughts
  • Do you have a recipe to help create a new book?

    The OPA are looking to create a new recipe book and we are looking for recipes from our patients, carers, friends. Ideally the recipes will be ones that you have tried, and ones that may have helped w...

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    Do you have a recipe to help create a new book?
  • Medical News: Astellas De-noltab® tablets

    The Astellas product De-noltab® tablets (tri-potassium di-citrato bismuthate) is being discontinued from 31st December 2015. De-noltab tablets will be available until 30th December 2015. Appropr...

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    Medical News: Astellas De-noltab® tablets
  • Pearl Anniversary Celebration

    Our Pearl Anniversary event went very well on 11 June 2015. Special thanks to our amazing Chairman Bob Mason, the Deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Irene Chamberlain, David and Daphne Kirby, Huw W...

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    Pearl Anniversary Celebration
  • Annual General Meeting 2015

    The OPA's 2015 AGM will be hosted by our Derby Branch this year and you are invited to attend, meet the Committee, especially our new Chairman, Professor Robert Mason, and to take part in various que...

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    Annual General Meeting 2015
  • Emmerdale star Fiona Wade joins the OPA as Patron

    Emmerdale’s, Fiona Wade who plays Priya Sharma in the series, is joining the UK’s leading patient support charity, The Oesophageal Patients’ Association as Patron, in the charity's ...

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    Emmerdale star Fiona Wade joins the OPA as Patron
  • Oesophago-Gastric 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign to go national

    We are pleased that the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England have announced the oesophago-gastric 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign will go to a national basis from 26 Januar...

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    Oesophago-Gastric 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign to go national
  • Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign

    Monday 13 October 2014 is a superb opportunity to start saving significant numbers of lives. The Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign is a group comprising several patient groups, including the OPA...

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    Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign
  • Where do you choose to have tests and surgery?

    We need your help! We are a team of researchers at Imperial College London looking at whether cancer patients like you want to choose where to have tests and surgery. We also want to know what you th...

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  • AGM Presentation - O-G Cancer, The Next Ten Years

    Many members have been asking for notes and information from the AGM which took place on Saturday 21st June 2014. Below is a link to download the presentation notes given by Professor Hanna, Prof...

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    AGM Presentation - O-G Cancer, The Next Ten Years
  • Chairman urges all members to write to their MP

    At the OPA AGM, Chairman urges all members to write to their MP about increasing awareness of oesophageal cancer. There is a momentum building towards awareness, towards saving lives by promoting earl...

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  • Can you help with our survey?

    The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership aims to identify the most important research areas to improve the physical and mental well-being of patients attending hospital for ...

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    Can you help with our survey?
  • Fundraising in the sun!

    Chris and Rob Turner from West Bridgford, Nottingham held a coffee morning on 17th May to raise funds for the OPA, using the new downloadable pack from the OPA website. Here's what they had to say: ...

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    Fundraising in the sun!
  • New research project on anaesthesia and peri-operative procedures

    Dr. Tony Ingold spoke to the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) support group meeting about a new research project. He is on the steering group and is hoping that the UHB patients will help with the...

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    New research project on anaesthesia and peri-operative procedures
  • Government's Be Clear On Cancer campaign goes regional!

    We are delighted to learn that, under the leadership of Sean Duffy, the National Clinical Director for Cancer, there will be a regional campaign for earlier diagnosis of oesophago-gastric cancer in th...

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  • The Patient's Journey

    See what Tim Underwood, the Consultant Upper GI surgeon is doing with his blog about the Cancer Marathon.   He is due to run in the New York Marathon in November 2013 to raise £100,000...

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  • Reflections by Kenneth Smith

      This painting is reflective of a year in my life in which I have undergone extensive treatment and recovery from a diagnosis that I had a malignant tumour on my gullet. The painting is a mixed...

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    Reflections by Kenneth Smith
  • National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit. Third Annual Report-Patient Summary

    National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit Third Annual Report: Patient summary The National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit began in October 2006 with the aim of assessing the quality of care received ...

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