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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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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England [Gujarati] (October 2018)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available. Includes the English-language version.

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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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100 questions and answers about prostate cancer (2018)

Jones and Bartlett Publishers

Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is a difficult experience, and leaves patients and their caregivers feeling anxious and overwhelmed. What is prostate cancer? What are the treatment options? What are the sources of support? The only text to provide both the doctor's and patient's point of view, 100 Questions & Answers About Prostate Cancer, Fifth Edition provides authoritative, practical answers to these questions, and many more. This updated Fifth Edition provides a comprehensive discussion of what you can expect post-diagnosis along with patient commentary to give you a real-life understanding of what these steps might mean for your day-to-day life. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the uncertainty of a prostate cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Waldenstrom macroglobulinaemia (WM) (November 2018)

Bloodwise

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a slow-growing and rare form of blood cancer. It happens when certain blood cells called plasma cells develop in an unusual way in your bone marrow. This fact sheet explains what WM is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and suggests where to go for more information. 

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The essential guide to prostate cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Generally affecting men over the age of 50, there are around 47,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. There is currently no screening programme for the disease and the symptoms could be quite easily ignored, as they don’t tend to cause too many problems in the early stages. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK. This essential guide provides straightforward information on the disease: from what the prostate is and how to recognise the symptoms of the condition, to what happens during screening and diagnosis, and the treatments available. Presented in an informative but conversational way, the book is aimed primarily at men who have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but anyone wanting further information on the condition can use it. All the medical issues are covered in an easy-to-follow way, together with sections that deal specifically with the emotional effects of the disease and strategies you can use to help your body fight the cancer. (Publisher)

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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. It is spread throughout your body, like blood vessels, and has many different parts. This factsheet describes the different parts of the lymphatic system and what they do: What is the lymphatic system?; Lymph; Lymph nodes; Bone marrow; Thymus; Spleen; Tonsils and adenoid; Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue; The lymphatic system and lymphoma. 

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The essential guide to bowel cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, affecting more than 37,000 people. However, with early diagnosis the condition can be managed effectively to allow patients to lead as normal a life as possible for as long as possible. This book will inform and help those who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, their family and friends, and those who simply want to know more about the condition. The book will contain practical advice and information on treatment choices and how to cope on a daily basis. For healthy individuals it also gives valuable information about how you can reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer and useful tips on healthy eating and lifestyles. Written by a freelance medical author, this book aims to provide a reassuring and sensitive resource of information for use during a time when a person with a cancer diagnosis has so much to think about. People often say their time with their cancer specialists is limited and full of complicated terminology; this book aims to supplement this information, written in an easy-to-understand way. (Publisher)

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All that followed. A story of cancer, kids and the fear of leaving too soon (2018)

Mirror Books

With four children (three of them triplets!) and a relationship break-up to contend with, some things get a little lost in the mix. Like symptoms. Emma Campbell bravely and honestly offers heartfelt thoughts on what happens when cancer becomes an unwelcome guest at an already crowded party. She shares her own terror and pain, mixed with the heartwarming and unexpected. The extraordinary kindness of people and the gritty detail of battling a life-threatening illness, all while being a single mum to four children. She opens up about her angels and demons, losing and then finding love again, a constant fear of death mixed with the joy and relief of living, the anxiety of cancer returning - then facing it when it does. This book has grown from Emma's blog Me And My Four. Eager to share with her followers in more detail, the secrets, the fears, the triumphs and the terrors that she faces each day, in a life as unpredictable as your own... (Publisher)

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The essential guide to testicular cancer (2018)

Need2Know

This book has been written with the average reader in mind; all the information compiled is easy to understand and directed to a public that may be diagnosed with or fear the diagnosis of testicular cancer. The volume walks the reader through each step, starting from the self-examination all the way through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and returning back to normal after the fight. By reading through this book, readers will gain a better understanding of the condition and will have all the information necessary to empower themselves to fight the cancer successfully and react appropriately to the changes that are about to come. Readers affected by testicular cancer, either directly or if you have a friend/family member who have been diagnosed; this book will be there to guide them every step of the way. (Publisher)

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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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The essential guide to cervical cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Awareness of cervical cancer has grown in recent years and many women are looking to find out more. It is estimated that 3,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with the cancer each year. This book aims to help women of all ages find out more about testing for cervical cancer, understanding how important it is to go for regular check-ups and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges cervical cancer can bring. Written in a sensitive, straightforward manner, the book guides women through the entire process from check-ups to diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. There is also an extensive list of sources of help and support. If you’re supporting a partner, daughter or friend through cervical cancer, or just want to know more about gynaecological health and check-ups, this guide will provide you with the sound, sensitive advice you need. (Publisher)

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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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Managing sickness and vomiting (September 2018)

Bloodwise

Some blood cancers and treatments for blood cancer can make you feel sick and sometimes be sick (vomit). This factsheet will help you to understand why this can happen, what to do if it does happen, and the range of treatments that can help. 

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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Simplified] (2018)

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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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

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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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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Dear cancer. A diary of hope to help you through (2018)

Trapeze (Orion)

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help. Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in this book she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn't planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum. y sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones' prognosis, and needed to know that they were not alone. (Publisher)

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

Vermilion (Random House)

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

Vermilion (Random House)

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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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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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 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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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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Chemotherapy [Lithuanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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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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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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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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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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