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Oesophago-gastric cancer projects

In this section you can find links to key facts on oesophageal (gullet) and gastric (stomach) cancers and download useful information.

Key facts and stats about oesophageal (gullet) cancer

For more information about what the oesophagus is please visit Cancer Research UK's patient information section of the website where you will find some helpful diagrams as well as information about different types of oesophageal cancer.

  • Oesophageal cancer statistics

For more information on oesophageal cancer incidence, variation in incidence by gender and geographic area, survival, mortality and risk factors, visit Cancer Research UK's CancerStats.

  • Screening for oesophageal cancer

A study is looking into the potential for a screening tool called cytosponge for a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus. You can find out more about this screening tool, or ‘sponge on a string’ here and on Cancer Resesarch UK’s Science Update blog here

 

Key stats and facts about gastric (stomach) cancer

For more information about gastric (stomach) cancer please visit Cancer Research UK's patient information section of the website where you will find some helpful diagrams as well as information about different types of stomach cancer.

  • Stomach cancer statistics

For more information on stomach cancer incidence, survival, mortality and risk factors, visit Cancer Research UK's CancerStats.

 

Existing or previous campaigns

Primary Care Trusts to trial new signs and symptoms campaigns

The Department of Health has announced that 7 projects have been funded to trial symptom awareness campaigns focusing on oesophago-gastric cancer. Estimates suggest that nearly 1000 deaths from oesophago-gastric cancer could be avoided each year if five-year survival rates matched the best in Europe (estimates based on Abdel-Rahman et al 2009).

The funded projects will include a mixture of advertising, community engagement activities and working with health professionals to make sure the campaigns are appropriate to raise awareness of cancer in their local communities. All the campaigns will be using the 'Be Clear on Cancer' brand with most of the public facing activity commencing in early 2012.

The funded projects will bring together an important mix of Primary Care Trusts, cancer networks, public health networks, hospital trusts, local authorities and voluntary organisations. The activity will run in the following areas:

• Dudley
• County Durham and Darlington
• Sandwell and Wolverhampton
• Wandsworth
• Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, North Cumbria, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees
• Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Suffolk, Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney
• Hertfordshire, Luton and South Bedfordshire

Engaging with other charities and organisations

  • For a list of organisations and websites that help and support people with cancer of the oesophagus, click here.
  • For a list of organisations and websites that help and support people with cancer of the stomach, click here.
  • For information about engaging with other charities and organisations, click here.

Other useful links

More information about oesophageal and stomach cancer clinical trials is available here.

Visit the CancerHelp section of Cancer Research UK's website for oesophageal and stomach cancer information for patients.

Thames Cancer Registry is a member of the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and is the national lead registry for lung cancer and for upper gastrointestinal cancers (that is, cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, bile duct or pancreas).

NICE referral guidelines for suspected cancer

This page contains links to documents and sources of information that we hope you will find useful. Please note however that the views or opinions expressed within those links are not necessarily those of Cancer Research UK.

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Updated: 26 August 2011