Articles of Interest

The OPA have a wide range of informative articles from Diet, Exercise and Awareness to Medical, GORD, Help for Patients & Carers. 


This Is Exactly What the 4 Stages of Cancer Really Mean

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, chances are you’ve been told that they’re at a certain stage of the disease. “The main purpose for staging is to evaluate the extent of cancer spread,”…

General Medical

What to know about Cancer?

Cancer causes cells to divide uncontrollably. This can result in tumors, damage to the immune system, and other impairment that can be fatal. In this article, we examine types of cancer, how the disease develops, and the many treatments that help improve the quality of life and survival rates…

Related Medical Research

Can stress cause Cancer?

Chronic stress is known to negatively affect the body. It could trigger the development of inflammation and cardiometabolic disease. Stress can also contribute to the development of cancer. Previous studies showed that it can speed up the progression and worsen outcomes of the disease…

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease

Living with Acid Reflux

What is GORD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a chronic medical condition that is characterized by abnormal reflux of acid into the Oesophagus (food pipe) which causes discomfort and can lead to complications…

Help for Patients – Around the Operation

What to know about Anastomosis?

The word “anastomosis” refers to a connection between two tubes or passages that would normally branch away from each other. In medical terminology, anastomosis is when surgeons connect two tube-like structures inside the body. People may need anastomosis to join blood vessels or sections of the bowel…

Help for Patients – Post-op recovery/rehabilitation

Guidance – After the Operation

The first few weeks. You will start moving about soon after the operation, usually with the help of a physiotherapist. This is a very important part in your recovery. Initially, moving around will be challenging and you will need help to carry your drains, urinary catheter and drip stand…

Help For Carers

Radar Key

The National Key Scheme, sometimes known as the RADAR Scheme, was developed because some public toilets designed for disabled people had to be locked to prevent damage and misuse. This has been countered by their being locked separately from other toilets…

Diet & Exercise

Six simple diet tweaks to make today

If you’ve resolved to lose some weight this year, you may be wondering where to start. Before you get started, we highly recommend that you begin by reading the 5 steps to an acid reflux diet. Even when you know that losing weight is the right choice for your health, changing your habits can be overwhelming…