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Our guides and leaflets are available to download below.

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  • Spring Newsletter 2021

    Spring Newsletter 2021

    Welcome to the Spring issue of the OPA Newsletter. What a year we had in 2020, here’s hoping for a better future ahead. In this issue you can catch up...

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  • Zoom Instructions

    Zoom Instructions

    This document will help you to join, host and schedule meetings on Zoom. It includes written instructions as well as links to video tutorials.

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  • A guide to life after surgery

    A guide to life after surgery

    This is the OPA’s most comprehensive overview of the surgical operation and the consequent life-altering pathway to the fullest recovery possible. Diagrams illustrate the nature of surgery for an oesophagectomy and for a gastrectomy, and the changes to the anatomy of the digestive tract. It is useful not only for those who have undergone either of the two surgical operations, but also for carers, relatives and friends of the patient. It will help them to understand what stages of post-operative treatment, gradual recovery, and consequent changes in life-style the patient has been, or is going through. It offers brief advice on questions to ask in preparing to undergo surgery, and detailed advice on managing the new patterns and problems of eating and drinking that post-surgical patients may experience. It also addresses other aspects of living that may change, such as driving, eating out, sleeping , family relationships and getting back to work, and ends with some detailed suggestions for healthy eating. This booklet can be read alongside the booklets listed below on: Preparing for surgery: ‘Oesophagogastric Cancer, the patient’s pathway’, and Problems, remedies and recipes for healthy eating: ‘Swallowing & nutrition – when it’s difficult’.

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  • Swallowing - Nutrition when it's difficult

    Swallowing - Nutrition when it's difficult

    Possibly the greatest change to the lifestyle of the post-oesophagogastric surgery patient occurs with eating and digesting food. This booklet offers advice on, and recipes for, balancing the diet, including the addition of food supplements. It addresses some of the principal eating problems such as loss of appetite, nausea, indigestion, and diarrhoea, and explains the effects of having a stent fitted, or undergoing radiotherapy of chemotherapy, on eating and digestion. Extra recipes can be found in the OPA’s booklet ‘Recipes for when food is a problem’.

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  • OPA Recipes for When Food is a Problem

    OPA Recipes for When Food is a Problem

    This is a book of recipes and food ideas for people who may need to put on weight, have difficulty in swallowing, or who are living with the after-effects of surgery on their stomach and/or oesophagus (gullet).

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  • Notes for a Carer

    Notes for a Carer

    Caring for a cancer sufferer or survivor is not a time-limited commitment, for which patience, understanding, empathy and warmth are indispensable qualities that can enhance the sufferer or survivor’s quality of life. This booklet offers useful advice, information and encouragement to those shouldering the role of carer, including related websites for working carers and – thanks to Age UK’s research and information services – advice on claiming Carer’s Allowances and Attendance Allowance, and on purchasing a subsidised bed wedge for elevating head and torso in bed. See our website for further information.

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  • The Patient's Pathway

    The Patient's Pathway

    This gives a brief overview of the stages of pre-operative preparations following a diagnosis of oesophageal or gastric cancer, of the surgery itself, and of recovery and post-recovery follow-ups.

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  • OPA Leaflet

    OPA Leaflet

    This foldout leaflet introduces the work of the OPA, to which one can donate, and suggests ways to contact us by phone, email, or even ZOOM (by prior arrangement). We can also offer to contact one of our volunteers for you to talk to, as they themselves will either be having or will have had surgery for this cancer. We encourage oesophageal/gastric cancer patients looking for support to join a local support group if they wish: details of groups nationwide (with addresses and meeting date) can be found on our website.

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  • Join the Fight leaflet

    Join the Fight leaflet

    Join the Fight against Oesophageal and Gastric Cancer. Please will you help us? Your donation will make a huge difference and help us to support and reassure patients, carers and their families whose lives are touched by these devastating illnesses.

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  • Dual Purpose Card

    Dual Purpose Card

    Recognising that after surgery for oesophageal or gastric cancer, patients often cannot eat full restaurant portions, OPA has devised a two sided card that can be discreetly shown to waiting staff in a restaurant. The first side states "Due to a serious medical condition I require urgent access to toilet facilities". The second side states "Due to a serious medical condition I am unable to eat normal portions of food. Please provide me with a child's size portion". We have these cards in the following languages: Download in English (also available in the OPA Shop) Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish (to order in these languages, please email enquiries@opa.org.uk or order in the OPA Shop)

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  • Reflux Disease and your treatment options

    Reflux Disease and your treatment options

    The OPA has produced, in collaboration with the makers of the LINX Reflux Management System, a booklet and leaflets to explain reflux disease and its treatment options. These options may begin with modifying your diet and lifestyle, and introducing targeted medication. Fundoplication, the current standard surgery for this reflux disease, is compared with the insertion of the LINX system and their respective pro’s and con’s, which you may want to discuss with your consultant in order to cope better with, and hopefully overcome, the dangers and discomfort of living with reflux.

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  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication Anti-Reflux Surgery

    Laparoscopic Fundoplication Anti-Reflux Surgery

    This fold-out leaflet explains the straightforward operation to relieve chronic heartburn. It is usually done by keyhole surgery, and may be performed as a day case or with a short 1 to 2 day hospital stay. It also sets out briefly the preparation for, and the specific risks and common side-effects of, this procedure, summarises the temporary changes to diet, and gives advice on driving and returning to work after the procedure.

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  • Standing Order Form

    Standing Order Form

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  • Giftaid Declaration Form for Single Donations

    Giftaid Declaration Form for Single Donations

    Giftaid declaration form for a single donation - if you are a UK tax payer we will receive and extra 25p for every £1 you give.

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  • Dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago-gastric surgery

    Dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago-gastric surgery

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham patient information leaflet on dietary advice for patients experiencing dumping syndrome after oesophago–gastric surgery.

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  • OPA Legacy Leaflet

    OPA Legacy Leaflet

    The OPA‘s patron, Fiona Wade, whose father died when his oesophageal cancer was diagnosed too late, introduces this fold-out leaflet, to invite anyone connected with the OPA and its services to consider making a gift or a bequest. This could help the OPA with its campaign to raise awareness among present and future generations of the signs and symptoms of this cancer, and encourage them to take preventative action as soon as possible via their GP and an early diagnostic investigation.

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  • Signs and symptoms of Oesophageal Cancer from Cancer Research UK

    How to spot the signs and symptoms and reduce your risk of Oesophageal Cancer leaflet from Cancer Research UK. In this leaflet you can find out about the signs and symptoms to look out for and how to reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer.

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  • OPA Fiona Wade Appeal Leaflet

    OPA Fiona Wade Appeal Leaflet

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the Fiona Wade Appeal for the Oesophageal Patients Association. OPA Patron and TV actress Fiona Wade, better known as Emmerdale’s Priya Sharma has a personal connection with the OPA, having lost her father to Oesophageal Cancer. ‘I had never heard of his type of cancer before and I always feel to this day that if we had been more aware of oesophageal cancer or reflux disease then, for sure, earlier diagnosis would have made a huge difference and maybe saved his life.’

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  • James Gossage talk at OPA London Zoom Meeting - 14th November 2020

    James Gossage talk at OPA London Zoom Meeting - 14th November 2020

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