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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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Your operation and recovery (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides information for anyone going into hospital for breast cancer surgery. It describes what may happen before admission, what to take into hospital, what happens before and after surgery, what to expect after surgery (normal changes, possible problems) and leaving hospital and recovering from surgery. Includes details of further support and useful organisations.

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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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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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What to do when someone dies. A practical guide (July 2018)

Bereavement Advice Centre

Guidance on what to do when someone dies.

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet answers questions about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It also covers feelings, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and resources.

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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 lymphoedema (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about lymphoedema. It is for anyone who has lymphoedema, or is at risk of developing it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema and how you may be able to reduce your risk of it developing. 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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Insurance (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the various types of insurance (health, life, travel, car) and explains how having cancer can affect buying and claiming insurance. It also has details of further information and support.

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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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My records (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet works alongside the information in "The cancer guide". It includes tools for you to use to: keep notes to show your healthcare team; write down appointment times; write down contact details; keep track of how you are feeling. It is included in the Macmillan organiser and available to order separately.

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Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) [Chinese, Traditional] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) is used to treat melanoma that has spread or cannot be removed (advanced melanoma). It is also used for non-small cell lung cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, and bladder cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) [Japanese] (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages of the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet "Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia", including what it is, symptoms, treatment, self-care, financial support and follow-up.

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Radiotherapy [Farsi] (December 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.

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) [Polish] (May 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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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. It is a translation of the information from the factsheet on chemotherapy.

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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] (December 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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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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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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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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Malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) symptoms [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Malignant spinal cord compression is a rare condition that affects people with certain cancers that have spread to the bones in the spine or that started in the spine. This factsheet describes the symptoms.

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Understanding the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men [Punjabi] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men” (MAC13825_E03_N) into Punjabi. This focuses on bladder and bowel effects and how to manage them.

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Hydroxycarbamide (Hydrea®) [Punjabi] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Hydroxycarbamide (also known as hydroxyurea) is used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia, cervical cancer, and some pre-cancerous conditions. This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Ifosfamide [French] (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Ifosfamide is a chemotherapy drug used to treat different cancers including testicular cancer and some types of soft tissue and bone sarcoma. It may also be used to treat other cancers.This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Etoposide (Etopophos®, Vepesid®) (French) (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Etoposide is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer. This information describes how it is given and some of the possible side-effects.

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GemCarbo chemotherapy [Vietnamese] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

GemCarbo is a combination chemotherapy treatment that is used to treat several types of cancer, but most commonly lung cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs, how they are given and the possible side-effects.

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Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) [Polish] (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages of the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet "Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia", including what it is  diagnosis, treatment overview, giving consent, chemotherapy.

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GemCis chemotherapy [Turkish] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This is a translation of information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website. It describes the GemCis chemotherapy regimen to treat many cancers, the drugs, how treatment is given, and possible side-effects.

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Simple steps for good bowel health (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

Illustrated leaflet with information about how the digestive system works and advice on how to eat well and other lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Understanding non-Hodgkin lymphoma (January 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to provide a better understanding of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, their diagnosis and treatment. It also has sections on feelings and sources of practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations.

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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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Understanding mesothelioma (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet for anyone who is having tests for mesothelioma or has been diagnosed with it. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. It explains how they are diagnosed and how they may be treated. It also has information about the feelings you might experience, and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Understanding soft tissue sarcomas (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about soft tissue sarcomas, including the different types, the symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, and treatment options. It also discusses feelings and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Understanding myeloma (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment (including side-effects) of myeloma. It also covers issues such as feelings, and practical and financial help. Includes details of useful support organisations and other resources.

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Understanding head and neck cancers (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about head and neck cancers. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as rarer cancers of the nasal cavity (inside the nose), sinuses, salivary glands and middle ear. This booklet is for anyone who has a head and neck cancer. The booklet explains: what head and neck cancer is; the signs and symptoms; the different treatment options; coping with head and neck cancer treatment.

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10 top tips (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer|Macmillan Cancer Support

This set of ten tips was developed by a workshop group comprising people affected by ovarian cancer and GPs. It aims to help women get the best out of a visit to their GP if they are concerned about symptoms.

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Your guide to breast reconstruction (2018)

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons|Association of Breast Surgery

Information to help women make the right choice for them when considering breast reconstruction. The booklet describes what breast reconstruction is, what a mastectomy is, when to have breast reconstruction and the different operations that may be used to rebuild the breast. It also has advice about recovery. Includes sources of information and support.

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Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for men who have had radiotherapy to the pelvic area and who are experiencing late effects. It explains what pelvic radiotherapy is before describing the following late effects and how to manage them: bladder changes; bowel changes; lymphoedema; bone changes; sex life; and fertility. It also discusses feelings, relationships, and work, and has details of further support.

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Understanding cervical screening results and CIN (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cervical screening. It is for anyone who wants information about how screening is used to find and treat abnormal cells to prevent cervical cancer. It explains what cervical screening involves and what your test results mean. It has information about the most common abnormal result, called cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN).

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Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in women (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for women who have had radiotherapy to the pelvic area and who are experiencing late effects. It explains what pelvic radiotherapy is before describing the following late effects and how to manage them: bladder changes; bowel changes; lymphoedema; bone changes; early menopause; sex life; and fertility. It also discusses feelings, relationships, and work, and has details of further support.

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Understanding risk-reducing breast surgery (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who is thinking about having risk-reducing breast surgery. You may consider this if you have a high risk of developing breast cancer. This is usually because you have a strong family history of breast cancer. The booklet explains what risk-reducing breast surgery is and what it involves. It talks about the different options for risk-reducing breast surgery. There is information about the benefits, limitations and risks of each type of surgery. We also talk about some physical and emotional issues you may experience, and ways to cope with these. We have included photographs of women who have had breast reconstruction after risk-reducing surgery. This is to help show how a reconstruction may look.

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Getting help at home (May 2018)

Age UK

Information on the services available to older people and their carers to enable them to stay in their own home, including local authority social services, voluntary organisations, private care agencies, and the NHS. 

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