Welcome to OPA (NI) 

The Oesophageal Patients Association is a National Registered Charity and was formed in 1985 when a few survivors of oesophageal cancer met and found tremendous reassurance in sharing experiences.  The members of the Association are all patients who have experienced such difficulties.  We have prepared leaflets on the problems, which we can talk about at first hand and we understand the fears that can be generated, the pains that can be suffered, and the effects on the digestive system that can be experienced.  Patients who have had their stomachs removed (gastrectomy) will also find our leaflets helpful as they experience very similar effects

Charity Number: 1062461


Latest News from OPANI

Please note that our next OPANI Wellbeing conference is on:

Date:                   Saturday 24th March 2018

Time:                   10.30 - 13.00

Location:             Beechlawn House Hotel, Dunmurry, BT17 9RR                      

Speaker:              Sharon McGaughey – Specialist Dietician, Belfast Trust

Speaker:              Naomi McCay – Macmillan Work Support & Vocational Rehabilitation Unit 


We are delighted to be joined by Sharon McGaughey, Specialist Dietician at Belfast Health & Social Care Trust who will be chatting about diet and nutrition post-surgery.

We will also be joined by Naomi McCay, Project Manager from Macmillan who will be talking to us about returning to work after cancer treatment.

Thanks to the roaring success of our Oesophacycle Castle to Castle Challenge last summer, Dr. Inder Mainie will be updating us on the great strides taken to bring the new ESD procedure to Belfast. The Japanese specialist, Dr Kuwai, who trained Dr Mainie will visit the City Hospital in May.

Oesophacycle 2 – Newcastle to Carlingford Castle will take place on 16th & 17th June 2018.

Please help us spread the word and get more cyclists signed up to take part.

OPANI Committee Member Lorraine Pinkerton will be asking you to either volunteer with the OPANI to participate in events, or to host your own events for our exciting 2018 campaign.  We are also hoping that Julie Hannah will chat to us about the role of a Cancer Nurse Specialist.

We will be providing a light lunch after the event to give everyone plenty of time to mingle, ask questions, give and receive advice and make new friends. As ever, if there are any questions you would like to submit in advance, please call or email Valerie (details below).

We understand that many patients and carers live some distance from the venue and we have done our best to come to an arrangement with the hotel.  Discounted rates are available by contacting Beechlawn reception on 028 9060 2100 and telling them you are an OPA (N.I) member.

To allow for numbers for the catering, please confirm your attendance at the meeting by telephone to Valerie on 028 9020 8602 or by email to lyricalvalerie@googlemail.com



Oesophacycle - Castle to Castle Challenge

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone this year's Oesophacycle.

We are hoping to run the event later in the year. Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for more details. 

Watch the fun from last year's fundraising efforts below!




A big thank you to Greg Massey and all at Thales, Belfast for their very generation donation to OPANI. The money will be going towards the oesophageal cancer research carried out in CCRCB by Dr Turkington and his team. 









Nine charities in Northern Ireland have called for the development and implementation of a cancer strategy to be a priority for politicians.

Northern Ireland is currently the only region in the UK and Ireland which doesn't have a strategy in place.

Frances Hill represented OPA NI at the All Party Cancer Group Showcase in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.


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Huge thanks to the Green Watch Firefighters from Whitla Street who spent the day washing cars - in freezing weather- to raise money for OPA NI