The National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit (NOGCA) evaluates the quality of hospital care for patients with oesophagogastric (OG) cancer in England and Wales.  The audit provides information that helps NHS cancer services to compare their performance and to identify areas of care that could be improved. 

Since 2012, the audit has also included patients with high grade dysplasia (HGD) of the oesophagus, which is a condition that increases a person’s risk of developing cancer. 

Over the years, there have been continued improvements in patients’ chances of surviving curative surgery, and reductions in the length of stay in hospital. However, the audit has also identified that some hospitals are struggling to meet national cancer waiting time targets, and that there are regional variations in the use of recommended tests for OG cancer.

This report is written for patients, family members and carers to highlight key findings from the annual report, and includes links to relevant sections of the report.  It includes a brief explanation of the anatomy of the oesophagus and stomach, information about who is most likely to suffer with OG cancer and details of diagnosis and treatment.  Similar information is included for those diagnosed with HGD.  There is also a useful list of specialist surgical centres and links to various sources of further information.