What We Offer

We make no charge to patients or their families for any support and advice provided. The OPA can only maintain its vital service through trust donations and other fundraising activities generated by the community it serves.

It costs the OPA several hundred pounds per day to run the national telephone helpline, provide regional support meetings, train volunteers and produce our support literature.

Telephone Helpline

0121 704 9860

Available 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Our friendly, fully trained staff are here to help you however you are affected by oesophageal or gastric cancer and at all stages.

Support Meetings

These are held around the UK throughout the year, inevitably most patients attending these meetings have had, or are going to have surgery. All Patients are most welcome but this emphasis is to be expected in discussions.

Support Groups in England and Wales

Support Groups in Scotland

One to One Support

We also offer patients the opportunity to be able to speak directly to a former patient and gain reassurance that life can again be very good.


You can always email us a simple query, but if the questions are in depth please call the helpline. Email us at enquiries@opa.org.uk

Booklets and Leaflets

Whether you have had surgery or not our medically approved booklets are available at no cost. 

  • A Guide to Life after Oesophageal/Gastric Surgery
  • Swallowing Nutrition When It’s Difficult
  • General Leaflet
  • Factsheets

To download this literature visit our Download Page

Restaurant Cards

Restaurant cards asking for a small portion of food due to a medical condition are available in English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

For more information on our restaurant cards call us on 0121 704 9860 or download from our Download Page.


Sign up for our twice yearly Newsletter with articles of interest and latest news of treatments.

Download and read our latest newsletters on our Newsletters Page.

Email Newsletter

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