CASTLE TO CASTLE CYCLE

**UPDATE: More than twice the amount we were aiming for was raised thanks to everyone who took part! **

OPA (NI) has organised a cycle challenge to raise £15,000 to buy specialist equipment for the treatment of some cancer patients at Belfast City Hospital.

The equipment will provide a significant step forward in the early treatment of certain cancers, with early tumours being removed without the need for major surgery, enabling most patients to be discharged from hospital within 24-48 hours with minimal side effects. 

Read on to see how you can take part and make a real difference by raising a minimum £450 for this great cause.

 

HOW TO TAKE PART

Click on the links below for your application form, sponsorship forms and further information on the cycle. 

Application Form

Sponsorship Form

Cycle Info

 

To Donate:

  • Just Giving: go to www.justgiving.com/teams/oesophacycle and sponsor one of the team.
  • Bank Transfer: Oesophageal Patients Association Northern Ireland.  Sort Code: 09 01 55 Account Number: 79842088
  • By Cheque: OPA Northern Ireland, c/o 18 Broughton Gardens, Belfast BT6 0BB

 

 

WHY ARE WE RAISING THIS MONEY?

To purchase and provide training for a specialist item of equipment which will make a significant step forward in the treatment of patients with early stomach, oesophageal and colorectal tumours.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?

It is called Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)

The new technique, known as ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) was developed in Japan and is proving successful as a non-surgical cure for patients with early cancers in the majority of cases.

The new method is to use a suction cap fitted to the end of an endoscope which has a snare at its base. It creates a polyp with the suspected cancerous cells inside and allows for the total removal of the cancerous tissue. This will also give more accurate staging or grading information.

The patient can go home within 24/48 hours and invasive surgery will not be required.

Dr Mainie is the Upper Gastroenterology Lead Consultant in the Belfast Trust. To perform this procedure Dr Mainie will require training and this will be delivered by the world experts in Japan. At present no one in Ireland carries out the procedure and following the acquisition of the equipment Dr Mainie will train other gastroenterologists in Ireland.

The Belfast Hospital Trust has approved this project, they will sustain the procedure and will facilitate Dr Mainie’s leave of absence for training.

The overall cost of acquiring the equipment, transporting it to Belfast, paying the consultant’s travel and accommodation is estimated at £15,000.

Further information may be obtained from Helen Setterfield, Chairperson OPANI.  Email: helensetterfield@opa.org.uk

Watch the following videos to get further insight on the vital work of Dr Mainie, and for more info on the Oesophocycle from Laurence Morgan, event organiser.

WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGES OF OESOPHAGEAL CANCERS

Laurence Morgan talks about the forthcoming Castle to Castle Cycle Challenge

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