The committee and volunteers of OGCancerNI previously worked under the auspices of OPANI, however they will now take the lead role in running this new charity, having recognised the benefits in creating a separate Northern Ireland charity to maximise support locally.

OGCancerNI’s Objectives:

  1. To support patients and carers affected by Oesophago-Gastric (Oesophageal and Stomach) Cancer
  2. To communicate the early signs and symptoms of Oesophago-Gastric cancer to promote early intervention
  3. To work in partnership with healthcare providers in Northern Ireland to be a patients advocate and promote the best outcomes for sufferers.
  4. To act as the Voice of Patients and provide insight, support and care in a professional manner.

 

What is Oesophago-Gastric Cancer?

Oesophageal cancer is cancer of the gullet and gastric cancer is cancer of the stomach. Combined, they are medically known as oesophago-gastric (OG) cancer. The oesophagus (more commonly known as the gullet or food pipe) is the long tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. In Northern Ireland in 2016, a total of 226 people were diagnosed with oesophageal (gullet) cancer. In the same year, 214 people were newly diagnosed with gastric (stomach) cancer.

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