Welcome to the Oesophageal Patients' Association, Leeds and Region. Affiliated with the National OPA, we are here to offer encouragement and reassurance to patients and their carers living with the effects of oesophageal cancer.

Who Are We?

Members of the local group live in and around Leeds, and have either been treated for oesophageal cancer, or acted as a carer. The group is actively supported by medical staff working at St James' Hospital, Leeds.

What Do We Do?

Those who have had their treatment some years ago feel strongly that they want to 'give something back' by supporting people who have recently undergone surgical or other treatments. The best way we've found is to have someone to talk to who has gone through a similar experience. 

Recent News

Our last meeting at the Headingley Golf Club was a great success, as I am sure all who attended will agree. Around 40 members came along; David Kirby gave an inspirational speech and a lively discussion ensued with a lot of laughter and gossip thrown in for good measure; many thanks to members for their generous donations on that occasion.

We are always interested to hear from you and any helpful tips you may have. This could be particular food you’ve found easy (or not) to digest or anything else you think might be of interest to other members and their carers.

Joyce Smith, Chair, OPA Leeds & Region.

Steering Group

The next steering group meeting will be on the 9th August 2010. We will consider the date of the next General Meeting, either September or early October 2010.

Support Group Meetings

Next Meeting

Saturday 24 September 2011 at The White Swan, Deighton, Nr York. YO19 6HA 11:30am to 1:30pm

Last Meeting

The most recent meeting took place on Saturday 7 May 2011, at Headingley Golf Club, Leeds.



Recent Feedback


The OPA Leeds and Region is supported by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

National Association

Whereas we are very much a local group, focussing on Leeds and the surrounding region, the National Association are able to provide telephone support, information and other resources across the whole of the country.

The helpline is run by volunteers and operates during normal work hours, 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

National Helpline: 0121 704 9860