Patient Information

Patient Information

If you are a patient – or a friend or relative of one – you may want to find out more about a particular condition or illness and also find out about available treatments. Being told that you need an operation can be a shock, especially if you have a serious condition or illness.

There are many types of surgeons. Upper gastro-intestinal (‘Upper GI’) surgeons deal with diseases of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, diaphragm, liver, biliary tree, pancreas and spleen.

This website doesn’t aim to give you detailed information about the wide range of operations undertaken by Upper GI surgeons but rather offers general advice and highlights useful weblinks to other organisations which focus on patient information.

Many operations carried out by Upper GI surgeons are simple and straightforward but others are complex and difficult.

Many surgeons specialise in either Oesophago-Gastric or Hepato-pancreatico-biliary disorders. Most Upper GI surgeons also have endoscopic, laparoscopic (keyhole) and open surgical skills.

Patients are likely to have the chance to talk through their condition with their surgeon at a pre-op meeting and can also access a great deal of help and advice from a wide variety of other sources.

As well as talking to health professionals you will be able to find a large amount of information on other websites, for example, the websites of individual surgeons, Hospital Trusts, health charities and health organisations, nationally and internationally.

There are dozens of conditions and illnesses which may require surgery. For more detailed advice please talk to your surgeon or contact one of the organisations which specialise in your particular illness or condition.

Association for Cancer Surgery & Breast Surgery Association for Cancer Surgery
BASO ~ ACS is, after the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the second oldest professional association in British surgery. Founded in 1971, BASO now has more than 700 active members. Recently, we have restyled the association as BASO ~ the Association for Cancer Surgery.
www.baso.org.uk
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
BOMSS is a professional society of surgeons involved in obesity management and includes information for patients about the various surgical options.
www.bomss.org.uk
British Obesity Surgical Patient Association British Obesity Surgical Patient Association
A patient support group which provides information to those considering obesity surgery, supports patients post-operatively on their road to improved health and works with health professionals to improve obesity surgery services in the UK.
www.bospa.org
Cancercare Cancercare
An organisation in the United States whose mission is to provide professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral assistance. Founded in 1944, CancerCare provides individual help to more than 90,000 people each year, in addition to the 1.4 million people who get information and resources from its website.
www.cancercare.org
The Cancer Information Network Cancer Information Network
United States web based information service including upper GI cancers. This site (The Network) is a non-commercial site founded to provide support and information to cancer patients and their caregivers.
www.cancerlinksusa.com
Cancer Research UK Cancer Research UK
Reliable, easy-to-understand patient information from Cancer Research UK.
www.cancerhelp.org.uk
CancerBACKUP Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancerbackup merged in April 2008 – furthering the aims of both charities to ensure that, across the UK, everyone affected by cancer gets faster and enhanced access to high-quality information at every stage of their cancer journey.
www.macmillan.org.uk
Mesothelioma Mesothelioma
The Mesothelioma Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to their visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. Our goal is to offer a one-stop resource on all asbestos and mesothelioma-related issues ranging from occupational exposure to treatment options. Visit Asbestos.com today to learn about mesothelioma clinical trials if you or a loved one could have come in contact with asbestos.
www.asbestos.com
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is a comprehensive resource for those seeking accurate and accredited mesothelioma information. We seek to provide straightforward and balanced clinical mesothelioma cancer and treatment information, as well as resources for those exposed to asbestos. To find out more please visit this site.
www.mesothelioma.com
Mesothelioma Prognosis Mesothelioma Prognosis
Mesothelioma Prognosis is a leading Internet resource for concise and comprehensive information about the dangers of asbestos exposure and coping with mesothelioma diagnosis. Our website has a two-fold mission: educating our readers on the many issues regarding the prognosis for mesothelioma and providing assistance to anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
www.mesotheliomaprognosis.org
Cancer Research UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and treating ill-health.
www.nice.org.uk
Pancreatic Cancer UK Pancreatic Cancer UK
National charity working for today’s as well as future patients. It aims to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and to enable research to aid earlier diagnosis and to develop more effective treatment. They run a national support network for those affected by pancreatic cancer including patients, carers and family. Their website has been developed with the help of some of the top specialists in the UK, to provide information on pancreatic cancer to patients, caregivers and GPs. There is much of interest to specialists as well. The website provides a central resource of information on pancreatic cancer, with links to material on other websites in the UK and USA.
www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
Pancreatic Cancer Action Pancreatic Cancer Action
5 year survival rates for pancreatic cancer have not changed in over 40 years and it is our mission to change this by way of increased awareness of pancreatic cancer within the general population, the medical community and the Government. We are developing educational programmes for trainee General Practitioners and are working on creating free Online Interactive Training Materials alongside the Royal College of GPs aimed at practicing clinicians; to help them spot the disease earlier and manage the condition better.
www.pancreaticcanceraction.org
The Pancreatitis Supporter's Network The Pancreatitis Supporter’s Network
Pancreatic Disorders, What’s wrong with my pancreas? Patient information websites written by Professor John Neoptolemos, sponsored by Abbott Healthcare.
www.pancreatitis.org.uk
The Oesophageal Patients Association The Oesophageal Patients Association
The Oesophageal Patients Association was formed in 1985 when a few survivors of oesophageal cancer met and found tremendous reassurance in sharing experiences. The members of the Association are all patients who have experienced such difficulties.
www.opa.org.uk