Welcome to the Oesophageal Patients Association Cancer Charity
Helping patients, carers, and their families to cope with oesophageal & gastric cancer.
Thank you for taking an interest in the Oesophageal Patients Association (OPA).
The OPA is a cancer charity providing good quality information for patients, carers and their families 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 – the OPA can help! They will fully understand your worries and fears and can give the support you need in order to achieve the best possible quality of life. Oesophageal & gastric cancers are amongst the fastest rising most unpleasant cancers. It is only with your backing the OPA can continue to do its valuable work.
The OPA has also led the fight against these devastating cancers for over thirty years and is not only supporting the patient, carer & their family but continue working to promote public awareness of these lesser known but rapidly increasing cancers. This will mean that many more lives can be saved through earlier diagnosis and better treatment. There are over 65 Million people in the UK and it is estimated that over 1 in 10 people suffer from Reflux Disease. Reflux disease can have a terrible impact on a patients quality of life affecting many aspects of their everyday functioning. For many people, this can be managed effectively with lifestyle changes and/or medication prescribed by their GP such as omeprazole, lansoprazole and osomeprazole (as well as others). However there are over 2 million people in the UK who do not respond effectively to this treatment and for these people, there are other options they can consider to treat their disease such as a LINX procedure or a fundoplication. More information on these options can be found on our website or alternatively: www.linxforlife.co.uk