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 ...More
OPA Scarf Special Offer - Winter is coming!
We're now into autumn and with winter on its way, 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...More
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...More
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...More
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 ...More
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...More
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....More
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...More
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...More
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 ...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
Charity Christmas Cards
It’s that time of the year again! Buy your Christmas Cards and support the OPA. A donation from each card you order will be made to our charity and every single card you buy will help us to ...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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 ...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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 ...More
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: ...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
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 ...More