Testimonials

Testimonials

We receive lovely comments and inspiring words from our members and their families. Here is a selection:

 


 

“I have chosen the charity OPA (The Oesophageal Patients Association), who are a fantastic charity, supporting patients and their families whilst raising awareness of this cancer. They were of huge support to and continue to be there for us.

More information about this great charity can be found here https://www.opa.org.uk, but please help raise awareness of this cruel disease so we can help others catch their symptoms early.”

Justine Wilson

 


 

“I am hoping that there will be more opportunities to be able to support you and the important work you do.

In the meantime, thank you for everything and all the support you gave us was invaluable”

Anne Fish

 


 

“I wanted to write this email to thank everyone at the OPA and let you know how much you have helped me with providing free resources and a patient buddy at this difficult time during my diagnosis.

I’m really glad that you are raising awareness of reflux and it’s long term effects as i had suffered with it for years but never thought to go and get it looked at by a doctor.”

Jeff S

 


 

“Thank you to the OPA for their continued support and for raising awareness of this awful disease. 

My dad was diagnosed last year and since then the OPA have provided multiple free resources and information that we couldn’t find anywhere else.”

Emma T


 

“I just received all the information booklets i ordered and wanted to write in to say thank you.

It means a lot to have somewhere to turn for support during these hard times.”

Sandra A


 

“Thanks for the fundraising pack! We’re so excited to start fundraising for you. A dear friend of ours has recently been diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer and mentioned she had been receiving help from you guys.

Thanks for supporting her through this tough time.”

Jenny T


 

“I want to say thank you to everyone at the OPA for your help since i was diagnosed.

Having the support of a patient buddy and the support helpline was a comfort to me in those few weeks when i was diagnosed and did not know where to turn to.

Amazing charity.”

Mandy B


 

“Thank you for sending out my information booklets and connecting me with my patient buddy.

You always go above and beyond to help me. Thank you.”

James F


 

“Thank yo for all you do and everything you have done to help my Dad! We are really grateful for all the support you gave him and our family last year.

We want to do a fundraiser for you, please can you send us a fundraising pack?”

Laura D


 

“Thanks to Maggie and the team at the OPA for their support, advice and all of the information booklets and leaflets i received.

They have been really helpful to me during this time.”

Barbara D

 



“After being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer – I was advised to contact the OPA. It was a very unsettling time for me and my family with lots of questions entering my head each day. The OPA was able to give reassurance about the treatment process and offered practical advice such as putting on weight before my operation. It was good to talk to a friendly voice who had been through the experience and to know I could contact them at any time. The information sent out to me was very reassuring.”

Francesca Jayne

 


 

I am writing this letter in support of the OPA. The association is a key organisation supporting patients with oesophageal cancer and raising awareness of this disease. Oesophageal cancer has a poor survival in the United Kingdom which it is one of the poorest in Europe. The patients benefit immensely from the Oesophageal Patient Association’s support groups and from the publications of the association which play a key role in informing patients about the disease and the expected recovery and survival rates.

With the improvement in outcome in oesophageal surgery there is more need to support the survivors which is a key mission of the OPA The research also benefit from the OPA as patient and public engagement is a key component of the National Institute of Health Research application; it is a key part of the application to get the support of the association and patients in the research design and conduction.

Supporting the OPA is crucial for patients, clinicians and research to improve the outcomes of oesophageal cancer.

Professor George Hanna PhD FRCS MErgS, Head of Division of Surgery & Consultant Surgeon, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London

 


 

“After being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer – I was advised to contact the OPA. It was a very unsettling time for me and my family with lots of questions entering my head each day. The OPA was able to give reassurance about the treatment process and offered practical advice such as putting on weight before my operation. It was good to talk to a friendly voice who had been through the experience and to know I could contact them at any time. The information sent out to me was very reassuring.”

Paul

 


 

“Next Sunday (23rd April) I will be running the London marathon. This year I would like to raise money for the OPA (The Oesophageal Patients Association), a charity which offers patients/carers valuable support and advice regarding oesophageal cancer. Sadly my brave, beautiful dad has been diagnosed with this hideous disease and the process so far has been overwhelming and quite unbearable. The amazing OPA (particularly Rick!) have given much of their time offering invaluable advice from swallowing difficulties right through to insightful advice regarding surgery. I really cannot express how incredible it has been to have them to hand. If you would like to make a donation I would be so very grateful as would the OPA.

Aside from offering advice the OPA work hard to raise awareness and highlight the symptoms of oesophageal cancer as early diagnosis of this dreadful disease is key.”

Louise Letman