GUTSY is run by patients to provide support and information primarily for patients undergoing surgical treatment, radiotherapy or chemotherapy for these cancers. Our aim is to share our experiences with anyone visiting this site or attending our meetings
We realise people will visit this site for a variety of reasons. Some will just want to be reassured that they are not alone in combating their disease and who just want basic advice. Others will need to understand everything there is to know about their condition and its treatment.
Inevitably this site will tread a middle path between the two
GUTSY phone support
These symptoms may be nothing to worry about but it may be worth visiting your GP
(Gastric and oesophageal cancer awareness campaign)
Next GUTSY (Wrexham) meeting:
Wed 22 October 2014
Imaging techniques available for upper GI cancers and what they can tell us
Anybody is welcome to attend
Date to be announced
City Walls Road
Report on Sept meeting - here
Rossett Hall Hotel
On the Chester Road (B5445) in Rossett
Healthunlocked - NHS and OPA supported oesophageal cancer discussion forum. Lots of useful advice
There is a lot happening at the moment to bring awareness of oesophageal cancer and its symptoms to the public in general. Two initiatives are currently underway:
The first is a countrywide (England) extension of the NHS awareness campaign involving posters in doctors surgeries, tabletop exhibitions (in hospital foyers, supermarkets, shopping centres etc) and via the press and media. Initially piloted in the North East in January, a campaign is being set up to cover the whole of England in January 2015. This is great news - click here for full information. Wales is not involved but the GUTSY group held a awareness event in the foyer of Ysbyty Gwynedd a couple of months ago and will do the same in the other hospitals in North Wales in the near future.
The second is a parliamentary campaign assisted by Action Against Heartburn (www.actionagainstheartburn.org.uk). On Monday October 13 anybody is invited to attend a meeting on the terraces of the Houses of Parliament to lobby various MP’s and discuss the condition. Click here for full info and how to obtain your invitation to the House of Commons.
Anybody whether a recently diagnosed patient, relative, support medical staff or cancer support workers should visit Tim Underwood’s website at http://thecancermarathon.org. Tim Underwood is a consultant surgeon at the University Hospital of Southampton with a particular interest in oesophageal cancer.
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