Join with HCUK to help in the fight against Cancer.

We are happy to explore the many ways in which you can become involved with us to help achieve our goals.

Do you make a product or provide a service that can be offered to help promote our aims and objectives as well as to generate funds for the 'cause'?

We are looking to develop new partnerships in order to attain new milestones in unique ways.

Medtronic supporting HCUK

Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through its medical technologies, services, and solutions.

HCUK are working with the support of Medtronic to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer and Barrett's oesophagus via the HCUK 2015 Awareness Day.

HCUK are delighted to have Medtronic as a Corporate Partner.

Core's Working Partnership with HCUK

Core is a charity dedicated to tackling gut and liver disease by supporting research into the causes and spread of digestive diseases and cancers.

We produce a range of patient information leaflets and partner with patient groups to provide support and to raise public awareness of digestive diseases and symptoms.

We are delighted to partner with HCUK to help raise awareness of the need to address persistent heartburn. For the majority of patients the problem can be easily managed but for a proportion the problem will be more serious and requires professional attention.

Deaths from oesophagael cancer are rapidly increasing and the numbers that survive too few. This is partly due to the late presentation of the problem and the advanced stage of the disease. The work of HCUK will help make people at risk more aware and seek help earlier.

Core and HCUK will share website resources, co-produce materials and work together to improve knowledge and awareness around heartburn, Barrett's and oesophagael cancer.

Tom Smith CORE Chief Executive

How to win friends and influence people?

As you can imagine we have links and are building up relationships with many people and organisations that also operate in the areas that concern us here at Heartburn Cancer UK.

We are delighted that we now have a 'Working Partnership' with Core, the charitable arm of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG). Core and HCUK together will raise awareness of heartburn and its link with oesophageal cancer, participate together in some fundraising events and raise money for research into associated areas.

We need to build on what we have achieved and go much further and with your help and support that is exactly what we will do.

Part of this ongoing work has seen

us forge links with the BSG and CORE as mentioned above.

Our Chairman - Mimi McCord has been lay representative on three guidelines produced by NICE: - Barrett's Oesophagus GDG – Ablative Therapy 2009-2010 – guidelines published in 2010

- The most modern techniques, which includes endoscopic resection and ablation therapies, for the treatment of high grade dysplasia and early (mucosal) cancer in Barrett's formed the basis of the guidelines, as an alternative to radical surgery (removal of the oesophagus).

- Management of Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding – 2010-2012- Guidelines published in July 2012

- Upper Gastrointestinal Topic Expert Group (TEG) – August 2012

- Dyspepsia/GORD GDG – 2012-2014 – Guidelines published September 2014

NICE have produced guidelines for the medical professionals and a lay friendly version for the patient/carers. Go to

In May 2010 NICE published 'Interventional Procedures Guidance' for the medical professionals. and for a patient friendly version

Other Useful Information

There is a 'new' government white paper, which has a whole section on prevention and early diagnosis. Unfortunately Oesophageal Cancer is not mentioned specifically and it is part of our aims and objectives to raise both the profile of the condition and pre-cursers to it as well as awareness general both in and out of Government. The link to it is

NAEDI is the National Awareness and early Diagnosis Initiative - there will be £450M for projects in earlier diagnosis of cancer later this year. This is clearly right at the heart of what Heartburn Cancer UK is seeking to do and we will be seeing how we can participate in this initiative.

More information can be found here:

We also work with the Oesophageal Patients Association who support people who develop oesophageal cancer, whether or not they have previously suffered from heartburn and/or Barrett's.

Other organisations that have an 'interest' in this area are Macmillan and Marie Curie Cancer Care.


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