Resources and organisations

Organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with oesophageal cancer and treatment.

Specific organisations and sites

The OPA is formed of people who’ve had or still have oesophageal cancer. It publishes useful information about oesophageal cancer and some is relevant to stomach cancer. It also has local support groups and meetings. It offers advice, information, and support to anyone with eating difficulties after stomach or oesophageal surgery.

50 High Street
Henley In Arden
B95 5AN

Tel: 0121 704 9860 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Barrett's Oesophagus UK is a charity. It supports the prevention of cancer from Barrett’s Oesophagus, research into Barrett's and supports people living with the disease.

The Barrett’s Oesophagus UK
UCL, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science
Royal Free and University College Medical School
Rowland Hill Street

Tel: 020 8346 0171

This is a national cancer charity that has been set up to help promote awareness of oesophageal cancer. It also hopes to encourage research into the causes of oesophageal cancer and to develop information on this disease and offer advice and support to patients and their families.

Melville House
64 Drymen Road
G61 2RH

Telephone: 0800 822 3370

Booklets and factsheets

  • A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery
  • Swallowing - nutrition when it's difficult
  • Dumping syndrome and digestion problems after surgery
  • Dumping syndrome and low glycemic index food
  • Food diary
  • Nutrition and digestive issues
  • Taste nutrition diet

General support organisations

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form

Videos of people's stories

Find out about the experience of living with and beyond cancer by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Healthtalk’s researchers created a library of interviews with people who have survived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.

Find out what people said about issues such as lifestyle choices, physical effects and the impact on work and family.

Go to the HealthTalk website

Find local cancer support and information services

NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.

Go to NHS choices website 

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer.  As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send us a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.