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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In Chemo Summer Jane Hoggar takes the reader through a light-hearted and informative account of her discovery of breast cancer and its cure. Cancer of any description has the capacity to chill those it affects and their loved ones. But for Jane Hoggar early discovery and diagnosis provided for a satisfactory resolution. And it's these small details that might well help people in a similar situation. For example, Jane did not discover a lump, which is the usual thing in breast cancer, but a sag' when she raised her arms and it was her insistence that something was wrong that resulted in a vital early medical diagnosis. All the side issues are covered in the book, effects of chemo and radiotherapy, hair loss and wigs, changes in diet and exercise, making Chemo Summer a valuable and engaging look into a serious and often frightening subject. (Publisher)
Understanding the causes of hair loss and knowing how to cover it, if you choose to, can help you cope with this change in your appearance. This factsheet offers advice on how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment. It also tells you about some of the headwear options you may wish to consider using until your hair grows back
Macmillan Cancer Support
This leaflet explains how cancer treatment may affect the condition and appearance of your skin, hair and nails and has advice and tips on caring for them.
This booklet describes autologous stem cell transplant in detail.
There can be up to 50,000 cases of breast cancer a year in the UK. Ann, in J.A. Prescott's Living for a Reason, is just one. On receiving the news of her condition Ann greets it with the response - You haven't told me that I'm dying yet?' and that is the spirit she carries throughout the book. It is a moving and powerful portrait of a woman who, faced with the vicissitudes of cancer, determines to live life to the full. The book shows Ann as she goes through the stages of cancer and the phases of treatment; the well known mastectomy, the loss of hair, the cosmetic surgery, the chemotherapy and the less well-known side-effects of the drugs. With her condition compounded with the onset of arthritis Ann's determination is inspirational and her story is one of great courage. (Publisher)
This factsheet has information about recovering from the side-effects of treatment.
Advice for children aged 13 and over about some of the symptoms and side-effects of cancer and its treatment that may affect how they feel about themselves (e.g. hair loss and eating problems) and their relationships.
Jennifer Young shares her knowledge and experience by showing those living with cancer and beyond how to prevent, reduce, disguise, camouflage and soothe their appearance-related side effects. Covering subjects such as wig fitting, styling, how to dress your new body, hair regrowth after treatment, and eyebrows and eyelashes, this guide to beauty, hair, style and well-being for cancer patients is the most comprehensive ever published. Jennifer is the founder of www.BeautyDespiteCancer.co.uk and creator of specialist skincare and cosmetics Defiant Beauty. (Publisher)
Thousand Words Press
The little girl in Nowhere Hair knows two things: Her mom's hair is not on her head anymore, so therefore it must be somewhere around the house. After searching the obvious places, the story reveals that her mother, although going through cancer treatment, is still silly, attentive, happy and yes, sometimes very tired and cranky. She learns that she didn't cause the cancer, can't catch it, and that Mommy still is very much up for the job of mothering. The book, written in rhyme, explains hats, scarves, wigs, going bald in public, and the idea of being nice to people who may look a little different than you. It ends with the idea that what is inside of us is far more important than how we look on the outside. For any parent or grandparent, Nowhere Hair offers a comfortable platform to explain something that is inherently very difficult. (Publisher)
Look Good...Feel Better
This booklet and accompanying DVD has information and advice about make-up, skincare, hand and nail care, wig selection and cutting, scarf tying and head coverings to help manage changes in personal appearance caused by treatment for cancer.