Oesophageal Cancer is the Sixth most common, Cancer in the UK 

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East Anglia - HCUK Support Group

HCUK Support Group - East Anglia

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2018 - HCUK East Anglia Event
Friday 14th September 2018 starting at 19:30 Westminster College Hall, Madingley Road,
Cambridge CB3 0AA

Event Includes: Interactive Exhibits on Early Detection of Cancer of the Oesophagus Endoscopic surgery demonstrations • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) to remove pre-cancer • Laboratory assays used for diagnosis • Video demonstrations of surgery • How Artificial Intelligence can help pathologists

This event is hosted by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and open to all. Whether you are a patient with Barrett’s Oesophagus, a friend or relative or a student interested in Science & Medicine. Please feel free to come along

This is a free event Recommended donation £12 for 1 / £20 for 2 / £5 for students
Refreshments will be provided on the night

Experts at this event: Dr Maria O’Donovan - Pathologist Marcel Gehrung – Artificial Intelligence Adrienn Blasko – Laboratory Scientist Amber Grantham – Laboratory Scientist Sujath Abbas – Laboratory Scientist – Dr Massi Di Pietro – Endoscopist Dale Waterhouse – Imaging expert Dr Wlad Januszewicz – Endoscopist Irene Debiram-Beecham – Research Nurse Mr Vijay Sujendran – Surgeon Ayesha Noorani – Surgeon

Please contact Teyene Omwango to book your free tickets via:

2018 - HCUK East Anglia support group updates:

A wonderful group from East Anglia braved the cold for a day and managed a stand at the Mill Road Winter Fair on December 2 2017 , met many people and as always we never know how many see the display and think - 'perhaps I should be taking my symptoms more seriously'.

Our annual Patient Event in September, at Westminster College, was very successful, we followed a tried and tested format which included a presentation and a 'question and answer' session. It’s a warm and productive evening with good food and friendship.

Our Hauliers Project is being restarted, based on anecdotal evidence it appears that this cohort experience a higher than average incidence of Barretts, we will trying to engage the two main representative organisatioons with the objective of raising awareness and encouraging hauliers to take action where needed.

Another Tesco’s awareness day is planned for June/July 2018 in either Downham Market or Kings Lynn. They are very supportive.

A member of our committee is very engaged with U3A having given a couple of presentations which have been well received. Another Patient Event in September 2018 is in the early planning stage.

2017 - HCUK East Anglia committee held a patient workshop at Westminster College Hall on Friday 16th September, raising over £600 for the charity.

On the evening there were 4 work stations presenting the most current and future technologies for screening and diagnosis of Barrett’s oesophagus such as non-endoscopic screening, Transnasal endoscope known as EG scan mini-endoscope, Standard endoscopy and advanced endoscopy.

All of which were demonstrated by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, Dr Massimiliano di Pietro, Dale Waterhouse and endoscopy manufacture Synmed.

The event was well received by those attending and everyone is looking forward to the evening next year.

East Anglia Support Group Meeting

HCUK East Anglia held a very successful awareness day at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. The stand was very well supported and the local radio station gave a short report on the event.

East Anglia Support Group

If you would like to know more, or, even better, come and join us, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Alastair Reid - Chairman

Why Heartburn Cancer UK Exists

As a recognised and trusted authority in the field of Cancer of the Oesophagus, we know that with your help we can make significant inroads in the Prevention, Detection and Treatment of this disease by focussing on 5 key areas of action:  


Education leads to a lasting change. We are working hard to influence public and social policy, to lobby politicians, to campaign for change, to promote greater collaboration amonsgt the medical profession, the public and the government. We are already in the process of developing a network of effective partnerships with businesses, the pharmaceutical industry, medical professionals and other like-minded groups. We intend to affect change and influence how this disease is perceived, detected, diagnosed and treated.


Our aim is to significantly reduce incurable oesophageal cancer in the UK.

Our renowned medical professionals, all experts in the field of oesophageal cancer, will continue to play a key role in research and trials designed to reduce the incidence of this appalling disease.


Early detection rates are vital to ensure a positive outcome. We are creating a communication network to facilitate greater awareness of the importance of diagnosing the disease early, identifying the symptoms associated with the disease and seeking medical help quickly. Oesophageal cancer affects everyone regardless of their race, gender or age.


We will ensure consistent support is available to everyone affected by Barrett’s Oesophagus, regardless of who they are and where they live. Information and advice is available to all those affected by the disease and to the people who support them on our website or by telephone.

We need your help to bring this to the attention of your employees, friends & family or indeed anyone who might suffer from persistent heartburn!

You can make a difference perhaps you know someone who has suffered from persisitent heartburn, Barrett’s Oesophagus or Oesophageal Cancer. Perhaps you run an organisation and would like to help, why not make it your company’s corporate responsibility?


We are not content with standing still, we are determined to develop and grow a sustainable UK charity which continually re-invests to maximise the impact of its resources.

Working with UK businesses and voluntary organisation’s, our outward facing collaborative approach will ensure we are the first place to come to for reliable up to date information about Heartburn, Barrett’s and Oesophageal Cancer.

HCUK - Information Centre

All you need to know about Heartburn, Barrett's Oesophagus, Oesopageal Cancer. If you need support we can offer advice, please contact us on the "Ask our Doctor a Question" form, or you can join one of our Local Support Groups. You can also buy Heartburn Cancer UK Clothing and other HCUK Merchandise to help Raise Awarness and of course we would very much welcome a Donation to keep the charity able to carry on offering free advise and Raising Awareness, Changing the Future and Saving Lives.