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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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Radiotherapy [Portuguese] (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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Focus on common female cancers (July 2018)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Brief overview of the most common women's cancers (ovarian, cervical, womb and breast).

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Find out about your prostate [Punjabi] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Find out about your prostate [Polish] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Find out about your prostate [Bengali] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Find out about your prostate [Gujarati] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Blood transfusions. A guide to red blood cell, platelet, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and cryoprecipitate transfusions (February 2018)

Bloodwise

A blood transfusion is a treatment where you receive blood that has been donated from someone else. The blood is usually given to you through a plastic tube into a vein in your arm. This factsheet explains the different types of blood transfusion used to treat people with blood cancer or a related condition, describes what happens when you have a transfusion and outlines the possible risks. 

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Managing the late effects of bowel cancer treatment (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information for people who are still having side-effects six months or more after treatment for bowel cancer. It describes the possible side-effects, how they can be managed and who can help. The side-effects discussed include changes to bowel function, changes to bladder function, tiredness, concentration and memory problems, peripheral neuropathy, sexual difficulties, and feelings and relationships.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Urdu] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Chemotherapy [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects. Includes English language version.

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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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Love and remission: my life, my man, my cancer (2018)

Trigger

In her mid-twenties, balancing a stable job and a partying lifestyle, Annie was also on the hunt for a man. She wanted to find Mr Right, get married, buy a house, and live the life she'd always wanted. But then one day, she found a lump ... Breast cancer. The two words that would derail Annie's life. Suddenly she realised how short her life had been, and the very idea of finding love seemed impossible. As her hair fell out, and her social life crumbled, her mental health deteriorated. She began to question if she would actually survive. Struggling with an identity crisis and worryingly low moods, she wondered if she'd ever be able to live the normal life that had been within her reach only months earlier. Love and Remission tells the tale of a young woman in search of love and mental wellbeing. (Publisher)

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Keeping active. The benefits of regular movement (August 2018)

Marie Curie

Keeping active can help to reduce some of the effects of being ill, such as stress, pain and fatigue. This leaflet includes information about why we need to stay active, types of exercise (including for wheelchair users) and how to exercise safely. 

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Your smear test results [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Easy read information for women about what happens after their cervical screening test, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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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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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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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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Barrett's oesophagus (2018)

Guts UK

This leaflet describes Barrett's oesophagus, how it is caused, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Having a smear test. What is it about? [Easy read] (June 2018)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

An easy read guide for women thinking about having a smear test.

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Understanding advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet gives information about advanced or metastatic cancer of the prostate gland, i.e. cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland to other parts of the body. It describes the prostate gland and advanced prostate cancer, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, tests, the grading and staging of prostate cancer, and the treatment options. It concludes with guidance on coping with advanced prostate cancer, financial help and benefits, and sources of further information and support.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Arabic] (October 2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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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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Working with your medical team (2018)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet explores what the ideal medical team for MEN may look like, how you can tell if you are being cared for by an expert medical centre, and how to become an effective part of the team who are helping to keep you in the best health possible. 

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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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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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Jess's bone marrow donation. A children's guide to bone marrow donation (January 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

A colourful booklet for young children who are preparing to donate bone marrow. It explains what bone marrow is and describes what happens to Jess in hospital before, during and after the operation and when she goes home.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Large print] (November 2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Tamoxifen (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what tamoxifen is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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Polyps in the bowel (2018)

Guts UK

Polyps are usually benign (non-cancerous) but some may eventually become malignant (cancerous). This leaflet explains what polyps are, what symptoms they may cause, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

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Borderline ovarian tumours (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet explains what is meant by borderline ovarian cancer and the three situations that might cause concern or uncertainty: borderline ovarian tumours that have spread beyond the ovary (non-invasive and invasive implants); mucinous borderline tumours; stage-1 borderline ovarian tumours in young women treated with limited surgery.

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Medical terms explained (May 2018)

Ovacome

A glossary of medical terms that women with ovarian cancer may come across.

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Surgical menopause (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes treatment-induced menopause and offers advice about symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis.

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Blocked bowel (May 2018)

Ovacome

A blocked bowel (or bowel obstruction) is a possible complication of ovarian cancer. This factsheet describes how a low fibre (fibre-restricted) diet may help.

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Chemotherapy (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information about the chemotherapy drugs commonly used to treat ovarian cancer. It covers: What chemotherapy will I need?; Having treatment; Chemotherapy side effects; Treatment with Carboplatin; Treatment with Taxol; Caelyx; Caring for yourself when you are having chemotherapy.

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Clear cell carcinoma of the ovary (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes clear cell carcinoma of the ovary: what it is; how it is treated; some side-effects of chemotherapy; and what happens after treatment has finished.

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Rare ovarian tumours (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes some of the rarer ovarian cancers and how they may be treated, namely: germ cell tumours; sex-cord stromal tumours (granulosa cell tumour and Sertoli-Leydig cell tumours); small-cell carcinoma of the ovary; Brenner tumours; and Krukenberg tumours.

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What happens if you are diagnosed (May 2018)

Ovacome

A checklist of questions for women with ovarian cancer to ask their doctor. It is divided into sections such as: What can I expect to happen now?; At your appointment; What if I have ovarian cancer?; My treatment has finished. Now what?. It also has advice on how women can help themselves; for example, talking to others, support groups, and counselling.

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Feeling and being sick (August 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for anyone who would like to find out more about feeling and being sick when you have pancreatic cancer. It explains what causes sickness and the treatments available that can help you. 

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Pelvic radiation disease (2018)

Guts UK

Pelvic radiation disease is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that can arise after radiotherapy treatment to the abdomen or pelvis for cancers such as cervical, prostate, bladder and bowel cancers. This leaflet describes the causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, the treatment options, and the impact.

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Capecitabine (Xeloda) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains briefly what capecitabine (Xeloda®) is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and possible side-effects.

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Breast reconstruction (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for women considering breast reconstruction after breast surgery to treat breast cancer.

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Managing pain. A guide for people living with a terminal illness and their carers (May 2018)

Marie Curie

If you’re living with a terminal illness, or caring for someone who is, you may be worried about pain. This booklet explains what causes pain and how it can be effectively managed. 

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Lymphoma drug development, approval and funding (October 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet explains why drug development takes so long, why drugs are so expensive and how you can find out if a drug might be funded on the NHS. 

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Help with health costs (August 2018)

Age UK

Most NHS services are free but there are charges for prescriptions, dental treatment, sight tests, glasses and contact lenses and wigs and fabric supports. This factsheet explains how the NHS Low Income Scheme helps people on a low income with charges and the cost of travelling to receive NHS treatment.  The factsheet explains what you are entitled to if you: are aged 60 and over; receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Simplified] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Understanding infection (May 2018)

Bloodwise

If you have blood cancer or a related blood condition, you could be at greater risk of infection. This factsheet will help you understand infection and know what to do if you have an infection. It explains what infection is, what causes it, the different types and who is at risk, and describes the symptoms, treatments and how to reduce your risk.

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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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