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 substantial funds to keep vital services running, providing advice, support and practical help.
Cancer Support Helpline
0121 704 9860
Our Helpline – 9.00 am – 16.00 pm Monday to Friday (24 hour answering machine).
If you have a query about oesophageal or gastric cancer, Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease, or maybe you just want to talk through any concerns; our friendly staff are only at the end of a telephone line. You can talk in complete confidence.
If you prefer to send an email, our email address is – email@example.com
If you prefer to send a letter for your queries, our address is…
6 & 7 Umberslade Business Centre
Pound House Lane
The OPA has led the fight against oesophageal and gastric cancers for over 30 years. Their purpose is to support patients, families, carers and to raise awareness of these cancers and their prevention. Whatever stage you’re at the OPA is here to help you.
OPA Group Support (virtual since March 2020 due to COVID-19)
By sharing experiences and discussing our issues and problems, we are often able to help each other overcome areas of common concern.
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.
Notifications for our OPA Meetings are sent out electronically, if you would like to receive details, register here – Receive Communications – The OPA
One to One Support
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 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 to talk to via a Zoom appointment or over the telephone. Please contact our Cancer Support Helpline on:- 0121 704 9860 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booklets and Leaflets
We produce many thousands of our booklets and leaflets as a valuable reference, free of charge, to many organisations, patients, carers and their families. We would be grateful for any donations you could make so we can continue to help those who need it. Ways to Donate – The OPA
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
- OPA Leaflet – Living with Oesophageal or Gastric Cancer
We also provide information on Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease, which you can browse on The OPA Shop where you can order hard copies.
Dual Purpose Cards
Dual Purpose 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.
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