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The web Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer is regularly updated and currently has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. Most have been published in the last five years but we have included some older ones that are still useful.

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Financial support - help with costs [Russian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Financial support - help with costs [Punjabi] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.

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Financial support - help with costs [Bengali] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Your body, intimacy and sex (November 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

Breast cancer and its treatments can cause many physical and emotional changes. This booklet outlines how these changes can alter the way you feel about your body, and how they may affect sex and intimacy. The booklet covers many topics including getting used to changes to your body, how breast cancer and its treatments may affect your sex life or intimate relationships, and offers tips on sex and intimacy after treatment. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Somali] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [French] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin) (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what trastuzumab is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and the side effects you may experience. 

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Your hospital stay. What to expect when going into hospital, while you’re there and when you’re discharged (June 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to put older people at ease if they are going to be admitted to hospital. It will help them: prepare for going into hospital; understand their rights in hospital; understand the discharge process; and be more informed about care afterwards. It may also be useful for relatives and friends, as it can be a difficult time for them too. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Turkish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Financial support - help with costs [Romanian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Financial support - help with costs [Gujarati] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Understanding primary bone cancer (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about primary bone cancer, including the different types, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explores emotions, and issues such as living with an amputation. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as websites.

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How long have I got? The story of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient (2019)

Independently published

Suitcases filled with medication. Life and death situations. Multiple organ removal. Risking everything to stay alive just one more day. And people still moan to you when they have a cold. Welcome to the life of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient. In January 2016 thirty-year-old Fi Munro was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Told from day one that her cancer was incurable and ‘terminal’, Fi faced unimaginable pain, heartache and suffering as the life she’d dreamed of was suddenly pulled away from her. Yet in the wake of this news she did not wallow. Instead she discovered a remarkable inner strength, resilience and, above all, a very dark sense of humour. Years later and she is still here, having outlived, in her opinion, two ‘very unreasonable’ prognoses. How Long Have I Got? is her inspiring story. Honest, open and often tear-jerking this is everything you wanted to know - and some stuff you’ll want to forget - about living with cancer and an important reminder that we are all terminal. Reading this will change your life forever. Fi Munro is a multi-award-winning researcher, author, blogger, speaker and mentor recognised internationally for her presentations and articles on her journey and the importance of holistic health. She has been featured in two BBC documentaries, in TV and radio shows, and in newspaper and magazine articles across the globe. Today she is healthier and happier than ever before and believes cancer saved her life. She is currently training to be a shaman and is excited for what the future holds. (Publisher)

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Make time for breast screening (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Romanian] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Tigrinya] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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Managing breathlessness. A guide to breathing techniques, medication and other things that can help (October 2019)

Marie Curie

If you have breathlessness, this booklet may be helpful for you. It’s aimed at people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and may be helpful at any stage of your illness. It describes things you can do yourself to manage breathlessness, and who can help you.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Slovak] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Welsh] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts. Includes the English-language version.

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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The man manual. Men's health made easy (February 2019)

Haynes Publishing for Men's Health Forum

One careful owner? With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. The new fully-revised 2019 edition of this easy-to-read handbook will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. There are also brand new interviews with men who've been on the journey and have a tale to tell. (Publisher)

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Understanding oesophageal cancer (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about oesophageal cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for oesophageal cancer or has been diagnosed with it. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Your family and friends [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about talking to family and friends.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Illustrated mini leaflet showing women how to check their breasts.

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time [Welsh] (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Ascites and ascitic drainage. Build-up of fluid in the abdomen (tummy) and how it can be treated (September 2019)

Marie Curie

This leaflet aims to help you understand ascites (build-up of fluid in the abdomen), what causes it and how it can be treated. It explains how the fluid can be removed in a procedure called ascitic drainage, or paracentesis. 

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales [Welsh] (November 2019)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Your breast clinic appointment (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet has been written for anyone referred to a breast clinic. It describes what to expect and the tests that may be carried out, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound scan, fine needle aspiration cytology, core biopsy, punch biopsy and vacuum-assisted biopsy.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Active ostomates. Sport and fitness after stoma surgery (November 2019)

Colostomy UK

Adapting to life with a stoma can be challenging and the thought of exercise may well be the last thing on your mind as you recover from surgery. This booklet has advice on exercises to try and how to manage your stoma while exercising or playing sport.

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About colonic stenting (September 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This factsheet is about using a stent to unblock your bowel if it has become blocked due to bowel cancer. It explains why you might have a stent fitted, what’s involved, and the possible complications. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Punjabi] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Gujarati] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Looking after yourself [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about looking after yourself if you are caring for someone with a an illness they will probably die from.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Easy read] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Chinese, Simplified] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Arabic] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet explains what an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are, why people might want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up and ways to ensure other people know they exist. 

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The cancer roller coaster. How to manage the emotional and mental impact (2019)

Librotas

Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Juliette Chan had an unexpected birthday present: bowel cancer. Luckily, they caught it early, but once the treatment was over, the psychological side-effects surfaced. For many months, Juliette was adrift and felt lost. It seemed that everything in her life was up for review and she struggled to gain clarity about what to do next. There were many questions, such as: When will I feel normal again; Why am I not as motivated as before; Will the cancer come back; Why am I mentally exhausted. It took her a while to realise that the cancer had caused a whole load of losses: loss of trust in her body, self-image as a fit and healthy person, energy, confidence, motivation, income and much more. And that’s when the penny dropped; she was grieving. Cancer not only involves coping with the physical disease and treatment – it also means experiencing and dealing with hidden losses that will affect how you view and live your life. Every time you experience a loss, there is an emotional response: grief. Most people only associate grief with bereavement but it is in fact a natural reaction to any and all losses, including the hidden and intangible losses you face with cancer. Anyone who has or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends, will experience grief – because life has changed. This can show up as anger, frustration, anxiety, ‘depression’, fear, sadness, for example. If left unchecked or suppressed, grief will affect your mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be like this; it is possible to take care of the emotional and mental impact of cancer and to live well. In her easy, relaxed style of writing, Juliette explains the emotional and mental impact of cancer and highlights the limitations of Mindfulness and positive thinking. She has also included a workbook with simple practical exercises that help to release the psychological side-effects and provide clarity. You can also read the candid stories of eight others who faced cancer: Robert describes his initial feelings of shock on diagnosis and how others helped him to cope, whereas Meena recounts going it alone; Petra shares how she continued to run throughout her treatment, and Susan talks movingly about the seemingly endless decision-making from diagnosis onwards; Mary, Tony and June recount their unique experiences of the same cancer

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Photodynamic therapy (May 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet aims to help you understand more about photodynamic therapy, which may be used to treat basal cell carcinoma and areas of pre-cancerous skin damage. It explains what it is and what is involved, and describes the potential side effects.

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