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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.

Results: 31

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Telling your child you have cancer (January 2017)

University College London Hospital Cancer Collaborative

A short film produced with the Fruit Fly Collective to support parents when they decide to tell their children about their cancer diagnosis. It provides guidance about how and when to tell them, and looks at different age groups and how they may feel and behave when they have been told. 

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There is no good card for this: what to say and do when life is scary, awful, and unfair to people you love (2017)

Crowe K, McDowell E

The creator of the viral hit "Empathy Cards" teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain. When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don’t know what words to use—or are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. This thoughtful, instructive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick Emily McDowell, blends well-researched, actionable advice with the no-nonsense humor and the signature illustration style of McDowell's immensely popular Empathy Cards, to help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation. Written in a how-to, relatable, we’ve-all-been-that-deer-in-the-headlights kind of way, There Is No Good Card for This isn’t a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. It is a helpful illustrated guide to effective compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear. There Is No Good Card for This features workbook exercises, sample dialogs, and real-life examples from Dr. Crowe’s research, including her popular "Empathy Bootcamps" that give people tools for building relationships when it really counts. Whether it’s a coworker whose mother has died, a neighbor whose husband has been in a car accident, or a friend who is seriously ill, There Is No Good Card for This teaches you how to be the best friend you can be to someone in need. (Publisher)

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Talking about cancer (July 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking about cancer. It is for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis. It explains: the benefits of talking about cancer; how to overcome the things that make talking difficult; how to deal with other people’s reactions. It also has practical tips for talking and asking for support.

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Relationships, family, friends (July 2016)

Lymphoma Association

This information sheet describes some of the ways lymphoma can affect relationships. It also offers some guidance on how to communicate with the people around you after a diagnosis of lymphoma.

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Managing family life. A practical guide for parents of a child with cancer (December 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet aims to help parents manage and enjoy family life when a child has cancer. It covers: coping with the diagnosis; how the family may be affected; coping strategies; everyday life for children (play, school, communication, maintaining routines); siblings; eating; sleeping; and where to turn for help.

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Cancer. You and your partner (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about how cancer can affect relationships. It aims to help people understand some of the practical and emotional issues and discusses what may help. It covers feelings, communication, sexuality and cancer, and practical issues such as work and finances.

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Talking with someone who has cancer (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet covers issues such as the importance of talking and listening, how to be a good listener and how to help a person with cancer. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer. A guide for parents and family about talking to children of any age (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is designed to help people talk to children and teenagers about cancer. It has suggestions about how to tell a child or teenager that you have cancer, understand their reactions, help them cope, explain cancer treatments, and deal with changes to family life.

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Managing cancer in the workplace. An employer's guide to supporting staff affected by cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This guide has information and practical for employers about how to support employees affected by cancer. It includes examples of best practice and also covers employers' responsibilities and employees' rights.

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Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer and who are experiencing side-effects after treatment has ended.

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