Welcome to The Southern Oesophageal Support Group
The Southern Oesophageal Support Group set up this web site to help anyone with oesophageal problems. In June 2008 the London branch of the Oesophageal Patients' Association (OPA), an organisation with similar aims, stepped in to
keep it updated with advice and to act as a contact point.
We are former patients helping new patients, particularly after surgery that has removed all or part of the oesophagus (gullet) and/or stomach.
Although cancer is the most frequent reason for these operations, we also aim to provide support for those who have had surgery for other reasons, and for those who will not have had surgery.
We aim to provide moral support and useful tips drawn from our own experiences.
The Oesophageal Patients' Association is a registered charity (no 1062461) that runs a helpline:
0121 704 9860
We must remind you that we are patients rather than health care professionals.
We do take care to ensure, as far as possible, that the information we provide has the backing of the medical profession, and we aim to support the medical profession in their treatment of patients.
We do not give 'medical advice' as such, and you should therefore check with your own doctors if you have any doubts at all, because they are most familiar with you and your medical history.