This will be my 12th London Marathon.
Many of you have supported, and encouraged me over the years I’m so thankful.
I’ve raised over 15,000 for Children With Cancer since I started running back in 2007.
For a very special reason I want to raise awareness of Oesophageal Cancer this year.
I’m supporting OOSO- Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
The Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation was founded in March 2009 by Jackie Beaumont who underwent an oesophagectomy in 2007.
They listen to worries and concerns about cancer, the treatment offered and the future. They also offer information, advice and support based on own experiences.
They have a help line which is open between 8 am to 10 pm, seven days a week, manned by former patients, for patients and carers to get help or just to talk.
I’ll be running the London Marathon attempting to break the record for fastest person dressed as a hospital patient -female.
I’ve a time I have to beat, running in a hospital gown, with a few patient attachments will make the 26.2 miles harder but I’ll keep going.
The UK has the highest rate of oesophageal cancer in Europe. It’s a big worry because it is a type of cancer that has a particularly low survival rate.
One difficulty with this type of cancer is that the symptoms are rather commonplace - indigestion, heartburn - which means that early diagnosis is uncommon. Consequently only approximately 35% of patients diagnosed are potentially operable.
At diagnosis, each patient is assessed for fitness as the operation is rated as being more invasive than a triple by-pass or heart transplant.
It is a fact that patients who are operated on can lose a large amount of weight and recovery is generally a long term process.
There are two main types – squamous cell carcinoma, linked to smoking and drinking; and adenocarcinoma, which is becoming more common in the UK, and is particularly related to obesity.
There are around 9,000 new oesophageal cancer cases in the UK every year, that's 25 every day (2013-2015).
Around 7 in 10 oesophageal cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014), Scotland (2014) and Northern Ireland (2010-2014).
There are around 7,900 oesophageal cancer deaths in the UK every year, that's 22 every day (2014-2016).
In females in the UK, oesophageal cancer is the 7th most common cause of cancer death.
Cancers of the esophagus are usually found because of the symptoms they cause. Diagnosis in people without symptoms is rare and usually accidental (because of tests done for other medical problems).
Unfortunately, most esophageal cancers do not cause symptoms until they have reached an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat.
59% of oesophageal cancer cases in the UK are preventable.
30% of patients diagnosed with oesophageal cancer have radiotherapy as part of their primary cancer treatment.
See your GP if you experience.
heartburn on most days for three weeks or more
any other unusual or persistent symptoms.
Sometimes, people have pain or discomfort in the middle part of their chest. Some people get a feeling of pressure or burning in the chest. These symptoms are more often caused by problems other than cancer, such as heartburn, so they are rarely seen as a signal that a person might have cancer.
Swallowing may become painful if the cancer is large enough to limit the passage of food through the esophagus. Pain may be felt a few seconds after swallowing, as food or liquid reaches the tumor and has trouble getting past it.
World Record attempt Fastest marathon dressed as a hospital patient-female
London Marathon 28th April 2019 for OOSO because patients with Oesophageal Cancer need our support
We Support those with Upper GI cancer to improve survival rates.
Charity Registration No. 1152733