Despite oesophageal cancer being one of the fastest growing cancers in Australia, it still receives little to no funding. As a non-profit organisation, we would not be where we are today without donations. There are several ways you can support our cause.
Supporting those who are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and their families. OCAGI also holds a support group via facebook "Oesophageal Cancer Support Group" which has proven to be a popular and useful resource for those experiencing a diagnosis or who have lost loved ones to the disease.
With support from OCAGI, they are able to bring together talented researchers from the diverse fields of chemical engineering, robotics, clinical research, and gastroenterology to accelerate the development of their medical devices. Together we want to create innovative technologies that translates to patient-benefits.
There's no such thing as harmless heartburn
The Mark Grundy Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Group Inc (OCAGI) is a non-profit organisation that was created by Polly Grundy in June 2012 after the tragic and sudden death of her husband Mark, to oesophageal cancer in May 2012. After the diagnosis, Mark and Polly struggled to find any Oesophageal Cancer specific support. They found only limited information available about the disease, and very little awareness in the community.
OCAGI was created to change all of that for those that are, or who will be affected by Oesophageal Cancer in the future. By providing information and ongoing support for those living with or supporting loved-ones through this time, we aim to offer whatever help we can to improve lives.
A strong advocate of Oesophageal Cancer research, OCAGI is raising awareness about the fastest growing cancer in Australia in terms of rate of diagnosis. OCAGI is dedicated to educating the medical and broader community about the easily dismissed and common symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
OCAGI holds an on line support group for Oesophageal Cancer and other Upper GI Cancers via facebook "Oesophageal Cancer Support Group" which has proven to be a popular and useful resource for those experiencing a diagnosis or who have lost loved ones to the disease.
Through fundraising OCAGI is striving to inject funds into targeted research. OCAGI has recently partnered with Western Sydney University to provide a PhD scholarship for Oesophageal Cancer research.
What is Oesophageal Cancer?
What is oesophageal cancer?
The oesophagus is the muscular tube (gullet) through which food passes from the throat to the stomach through a series of muscular movements. Oesophageal cancer involves a malignant tumour that grows in the lining of the oesophagus. FIND OUT MORE
Early indications of the disease may be mistaken for indigestion, and it is common for patients to try over-the counter medication before seeking medical help. Early detection of this cancer is extremely important as it does improve the chance of successful treatment. You should always consult your doctor if you have:
• Constant episodes of reflux / heartburn
• Any difficulty swallowing
• Pain when swallowing
• Coughing after swallowing
• Chest or back pain
• Hoarse voice
• Regurgitation of food or blood-stained vomit
• Constant reoccurring pain in the breast bone region
• Regularly feeling the need to clear your throat
• Irritation or pain near the diaphragm