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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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Death and the elephant. How cancer saved my life (2018)

Unbound

12 June 1995. On his twenty-eighth birthday, Raz Shaw was a directionless gambling addict doing a telesales job that was eating up every trace of what soul he had left. The next day he would be diagnosed with stage 4 sclerosing mediastinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the large cell type. As he tells it, cancer saved his life. He was given the all-clear in March 1996, and stopped gambling for good that April. After a year away recuperating, he turned his back on the highly paid job that had devoured him and re-assimilated himself into the world of theatre that had once made him feel so alive. It took him a long time to realise quite how much these recoveries were bound up with one another – now he is ready to tell his story. Death and the Elephant is a memoir of living through and beyond illness and addiction. Blessed with the ability to find humour even in life’s darkest moments, Raz charts his struggles with irreverence and unflinching perspective. This is his story, but it’s also a universal one – an honest, funny, sometimes raw, and often inappropriate glimpse into the mind of a young man dealing with a life-threatening illness in the only way he knows how: by laughing in its face. (Publisher)

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Paget's disease of the breast (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of Paget's disease of the breast, including what it is, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and the treatment options.

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the different types of DCIS, and the treatment options. It also has a short section on coping with breast cancer.

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Patient guide. End of life care (July 2018)

Brainstrust

One in a series of eight leaflets that form the Brain Tumour Patient Guide.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Urdu] (2018)

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 [Farsi] (2018)

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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Understanding your pathology results (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains the information in a pathology report for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the terms used and what the information means, and also suggests questions that women may want to ask their doctor.

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Goserelin (Zoladex) (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains briefly what goserelin (Zoladex®) is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and the possible side-effects.

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When someone dies. A step-by-step guide to what to do (August 2018)

Age UK

Practical information about what to do when someone dies, and where to go for advice. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [French] (2018)

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] (2018)

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] (2018)

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 [Romanian] (2018)

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] (2018)

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 (2018)

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 (2018)

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 lymphatic system (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system, which helps protect you from infection. This page tells you about the different parts of the lymphatic system and what they do.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Slovak] (2018)

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 [Polish] (2018)

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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Having a smear test [Easy read] (2018)

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. 

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Breast screening. An easy guide for women aged 50 and over (February 2018)

Public Health England

This illustrated leaflet is aimed at women with a learning difficulty. It explains the importance of breast screening and what will happen before, during, and after the screen.

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F*** you cancer. How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourself (2018)

Vermilion

You are stronger than you know, more positive than you ever thought and you can still LIVE with cancer. Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day... Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to go and do one! Whilst this book doesn’t advocate throwing all advice down the kitchen sink, it will empower you to do things your way as you navigate the big C roller coaster. Deborah James, campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, will take you through every twist and turn, reminding you that it’s okay to feel one hundred different things in the space of a minute and showing you how you can still live your life and BE YOURSELF with cancer. Taking you from diagnosis (welcome to the club you never wanted to join), to coping with family and friends (can everyone just fuck off sometimes?!), looking good and feeling better (drink the wine), and celebrating milestones along the way (drink more wine!), this inspiring cancer coach in a book will transform your outlook and encourage you to shout #FUCKYOUCANCER as loudly as you can! (Publisher)

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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The complete guide to breast cancer: how to feel empowered and take control (2018)

Vermilion

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment; coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer; frank advice about sex and relationships; staying healthy during and after treatment; dealing with the fear of recurrence; living with secondary breast cancer. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Understanding non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope; this includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Stronger than before. Take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer (2018)

Hay House

Stronger than before is the book Alison Porter went looking for when she first learned she had breast cancer. It's a practical handbook to guide you - and your friends and family - through every stage of the illness, from early diagnosis to treatment choices, and ultimately to a life beyond cancer. In this book, you'll discover: the different types of breast cancer, what to ask your doctor and how to make the choices that are right for you; self-help techniques on every level - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to support you through treatment and recovery; how to view your illness as a catalyst for post-traumatic growth, and move on with your life with greater meaning and purpose; your options for reconstruction and how to maintain a cancer-preventative lifestyle; advice for friends and family, so they can be truly helpful in how they offer you support. Written by a breast cancer survivor and thriver, Stronger than before contains invaluable information, guidance and tips, as well as tools and techniques to help you emerge from this life-changing experience healthier, more purposeful and stronger than before. (Publisher)

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Understanding muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope. This includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Thinking about end of life. Finding support and getting your affairs in order (May 2018)

Age UK

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed can help people consider all their options at a time that’s right for them. This guide will make suggestions about the options and services available to help people make the best choices. It will explain how to make wishes and treatment preferences known, and help peole consider where they would like to be looked after towards the end of life.

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NHS cervical screening. Helping you decide (May 2018)

Department of Health

This leaflet explains what cervical screening is, why it is important, and what happens during the test. It also includes information on the reliability of the screening test, what happens to samples once they have been examined, and the benefits and difficulties of cervical screening. 

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How will a colostomy affect me? Information for patients before stoma surgery (February 2018)

Colostomy UK

This booklet seeks to answer the many questions and concerns that patietns or a family member or carer might have about a colostomy. 

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Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with AML, or who wants to know more about it. It also has information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet covers: what AML is; symptoms and how AML is diagnosed; how AML is treated; coping with AML.

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Understanding acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It also discusses issues such as feelings, talking to children, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Letrozole (Femara®) [Portuguese] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Letrozole is a hormonal therapy used in the treatment of post-menopausal women with breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) [Japanese] (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages of the booklet, including what it is, symptoms, treatment, self-care, financial support and follow-up.

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) [Polish] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Polish translation of selected pages from the booklet.

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Carboplatin [Slovak] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Carboplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat ovarian and lung cancer. It may also be used to treat other cancers. 

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Financial support - benefits [Thai] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits.

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Implantable ports [Punjabi] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Implantable ports are often used to give chemotherapy treatment. This factsheet describes what an implantable port is, how it is put in, how it is used, how to care for it, and possible problems.

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Chemotherapy side effects [Kurdish] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information on chemotherapy side-effects.

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Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma [Kurdish] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a specific type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This factsheet describes the signs and symptoms, staging, grading, diagnosis and treatment.

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Radiotherapy [Hungarian] (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Financial support - benefits [Slovak] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits.

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Chemotherapy [Slovak] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects.

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Chemotherapy [Farsii] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects.

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Follicular lymphoma [Polish] (January 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Follicular lymphoma is a specific type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This factsheet describes the signs and symptoms, the stages, diagnosis, and treatment.

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EOX chemotherapy [Thai] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

EOX chemotherapy is used to treat oesophageal cancer and stomach cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used (epirubicin, oxaliplatin and capecitabine), how the treatment is given and the possible side-effects.

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Tamoxifen [Portuguese] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Tamoxifen is a hormone therapy used in the treatment of breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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PICC lines [Polish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

PICC lines (peripherally inserted central catheters) are used to give someone chemotherapy treatment or other medicines. This information describes what they are used for, how the line is put in and possible problems, caring for your PICC line, possible problems with PICC lines, and how the PICC line is removed.

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