New Cases in Ireland annually


of people with Symptoms wait over 3 Months before seeing their GP

The sixth leading cause of Cancer Mortality Worldwide


The Oesophageal Cancer and Barrett's Oesophagus Podcast

The Oesophageal Cancer Fund

Latest episode -Guest Professor John Reynolds - Professor & Head of Department, Surgery-

Jennifer & Sarah O'Duffy - Kilimanjaro Challenge

Donor Spotlight: 

In June 16th  2024 we will both be travelling to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest freestanding mountain, in aid of Oesophageal Cancer. This charity is one that is close to our hearts, as our dad, Conor O’ Duffy, passed away from Oesophageal cancer in 2004 when we were 7 and 4 years old. 

Our decision to climb Kilimanjaro stemmed from our own dad’s journey to the summit in 2003, in aid of the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin, while he was simultaneously battling cancer. We will be Climbing on the year that marks his 20th anniversary.

Lalor Family Skydive

Donor Spotlight: 

On the 15th of June 2024, The Lalor Family will be doing a skydive in aid of the Oesophageal cancer Fund (OCF). This charity is one that is close to our hearts as dad, Philip was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer 9 years ago. Thankfully with an early diagnosis dad had successful treatment and with regular routine check ups he has recovered from his cancer.

We will be forever grateful for Professor Reynolds and his team in St. James' Hospital, Dublin for everything they have done for dad. The Oesophageal cancer fund carries out an annual lollipop day across Ireland to raise awareness and funds for Oesophageal cancer research. Since dad's diagnosis my family and I have  participated in this annual event.

Donor Spotlight: 

'Cycle4Des' - a fundraiser involving family and friends of the late Des Lynch , Quin Co. Clare.

A dedicated local community who cycled 130km from Quin to Athenry and back again, last November 18th!

Have raised over €54,333 for the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF).

Donor Spotlight: 

Lough Graney Xmas Swim Fundraiser
Massive thanks to the amazing O'Callaghan family. We are so hugely grateful, her family and the community of Lough Graney , Co. Clare, for their Xmas Swim fundraiser which raised an amazing €16,800 for Oesophageal Cancer Fund.
OCF CEO Carmel visited the Clooney Quin GAA Club and met the family and friends of Shaun O'Callaghan who this fundraiser was in honour of.

Information and Resources for You 

The Oesophageal Cancer Fund is the national charity for Oesophageal Cancer in Ireland. Bringing the good fight to a bad cancer. The Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) was founded on a challenge from Lucilla Hyland, a young woman diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in 2001 who sadly lost her hard fought battle.

Lucilla envisioned that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer receives the earliest and best support and treatment possible. Lucilla wanted there to be better awareness of Oesophageal Cancer – the risks and symptoms – to deliver early diagnosis and successful treatments.

Lucilla Hyland laid down a challenge and we are unwavering in our determination to deliver, so that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer gets the earliest and best support and treatment possible. This is the Vision of The Oesophageal Cancer Fund. The Oesophageal Cancer Fund works in partnership with patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and other support and advocacy organisations this is our Mission.

We want to
  • Raise awareness of Oesophageal Cancer in the public mind
  • Reduce the incidence of Oesophageal Cancer focusing on Oesophageal Cancer prevention
  • Food coming back up — either before reaching the stomach (Regurgitation) or after (Vomiting)
  • Ensure holistic support for everyone affected Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer
  • Truly reflect the patient experience of Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer in Ireland • Advance knowledge that will deliver early diagnosis and tailored and successful treatments
To find out more please visit the About Oesophageal Cancer Section of our website

There are a great number of ways that you can choose to get involved with The Oesophageal Cancer Fund; volunteering of your time and energy is a way to do this, it genuinely means so much to us.  For example, volunteers are hands down the key reason Lollipop Day – our national fundraising days are consistently successful.

Your help is far-reaching.  By choosing to volunteer your time, however possible for you, you’re joining us in our vision that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer gets the earliest and best support and treatment possible..

Though we have a very small core team, a lot of our work in the community is carried out by dedicated volunteers, our own team of true everyday heroes. If you have time and energy to give to this most worthy cause, consider volunteering — your involvement can be scaled up or down with your availability, and the specific role tailored to your own unique talents and areas of interest.

The Impact of Your Support

Sean O'Keeffe's Story

“I had been suffering from pain and discomfort in my chest when I heard OCF patron Pádraig Harrington on the radio talking about his father who had passed away from Oesophageal Cancer.

He mentioned his father’s symptoms and that he used to take medication for acid reflux. That really struck a chord with me. If I hadn’t heard Padraig that day, I might not have done anything for six months, or even a year.

I could have just put off the discomfort as indigestion. I was lucky that my Oesophageal Cancer was detected early.

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