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.
0121 704 9860
Available 9am to 5pm 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.
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.
The Oesophageal Patients Association (OPA) is a national charity, providing quality information for patients, their carers and family affected by oesophageal or gastric cancers.
Whatever stage of your illness - recently diagnosed or some years on, facing treatment by chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or palliative care - we can help. We can help you understand your worries and fears, and can give you the support you need need in order to achieve the best possible quality of life.
The OPA was founded on the principle of patients helping others by sharing their experiences.
By sharing experiences and discussing our issues and problems, we are often able to help each other overcome areas of common concern.
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. The OPA's aim is to help new patients, families and carers to cope with difficulties arising as a result of treatment, giving support and encouraging patients to achieve a good quality of life.
Our patient support branches provide the opportunity for patients to meet former patients, some of whom are leading relatively normal lives; to air their concerns and discuss problems with members of the medical profession, including consultant surgeons, gastroenterologists, dieticians, physiotherapists and clinical nurse specialists who speak at the meetings on a voluntary basis.
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.
From personal experience, we know that the first few weeks and months before and after treatment can be challenging.
Most patients find it helpful and encouraging to talk to someone who has experienced similar symptoms and has undergone the same course(s) of treatment. Our volunteers (all of whom are current or former patients themselves) are on hand and willing to offer you support, encouragement and reassurance.
Whilst The OPA does not offer counselling or medical advice, we offer general guidance and suggestions based on our own experiences. From questions to ask your GP, to tips on what to eat... plus a lot more.
We will be happy to put you in touch with someone local to talk to, or alternatively, you can contact our national helpline on:- 0121 704 9860 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can always email us a simple query, but if the questions are in depth please call the helpline. Email us at email@example.com
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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
- Recipe Book
- Notes for a Carer
- A Patients Pathway
Or visit the OPA Shop to order hard copies.
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.