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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: 1737

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (February 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Radiotherapy [Romanian] (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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Breast cancer [Russian] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Bowel cancer [Arabic] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version.

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Radiotherapy [Punjabi] (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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Travel and prostate cancer (January 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

Information for men with prostate cancer who are planning a holiday or travel abroad. It has tips to help prepare for the trip, including guidance on arranging travel insurance.

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End of life [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Financial support - benefits [Chinese, Traditional] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits. Includes the English-language version.. 

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Stem cell transplant. A guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplantation for teenagers and young adults (February 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This guide describes stem cells and explains what a stem cell transplantation is, why it might be necessary, and the different types of transplants. It also describes the process of finding a donor, the pre-transplant operation, the transplant team, what to bring to hospital, preparing to receive a bone marrow transplant, what happens during the transplant and afterwards, the side-effects, getting ready to go home and getting back to normal. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary.

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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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End of life [Bengali] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) harvesting. Information for young people with cancer, and parents of a child or young person with cancer, having a stem cell transplant, and for stem cell donors (November 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is written to help explain what is involved when you undergo a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) harvest. It explains what haematopoietic stem cells are; why we need to collect them; and what happens before, during and after the harvest.

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Bowel cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. 

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Breast cancer [Romanian] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Bowel cancer [Bengali] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Bowel cancer [Russian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Gujarati] (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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No stomach. A guide for patients by patients (February 2017)

GIST Support UK

Although this booklet has been written mainly for patients suffering from a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST), other patients who have had a total gastrectomy may also find it helpful. It describes how the gastrointestinal tract works, what happens if you have no stomach and the problems that may arise after surgery and later.

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A guide to having a smear test (2010)

Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties. It explains what a smear test is, why it is important to have one, and what happens during the examination.

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End of life [Russian] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes the English language version.  

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Side effects of cancer treatment (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

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What to expect from your appointments (January 2017)

Bloodwise

This factsheet explains what to expect from your hospital appointments if your doctor thinks you might have blood cancer, or if you’ve just been diagnosed with blood cancer or a related condition. 

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Bowel cancer [Romanian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Bowel cancer [Gujarati] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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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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End of life [Gujarati] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Lung cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about lung cancer and treatments for lung cancer. It is about cancer that starts in the lung (primary lung cancer). It is not about cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the lungs (secondary lung cancer). Includes English-language version.

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Stoma reversal (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet describes the different types of stoma and the surgical techniques involved in their reversal. It also considers the advantages and possible problems associated with a reversal and suggests a simple checklist to ensure you make the appropriate decision for you.

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Breast cancer and hair loss (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

Many people will lose either some or all of their hair as a result of treatment for breast cancer. For some, this is the most distressing side effect of treatment. Some people find that being prepared for hair loss before it occurs helps them cope better when it happens. This booklet explains how you may lose your hair and the effect it can have. It looks at how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment and the different headwear you may want to try, including wigs and headscarves. It includes step-by-step guides to tying headscarves and tips on recreating the illusion of eyebrows and eyelashes. The final part of the booklet discusses what usually happens when your hair grows back and how to look after it.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Polish] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes the English-language version.

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What women need to know about... womb cancer (March 2017)

The Eve Appeal

Key information about womb cancer including signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of developing cancer. 

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Preparing for your death. A guide for people with learning difficulties and their carers. (2014)

Family Advice and Information Resource

This booklet is for people with learning difficulties. Using illustrations and simple language it looks at topics such as the changes that may happen at the end of life, planning ahead and making funeral arrangements.

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Eating problems and cancer [Romanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.  

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Living with lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet was written with the help of lung cancer experts, people affected by lung cancer, and others who support people with lung cancer to help you make the most of your health and wellbeing. 

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Zoledronic acid for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Zoledronic acid is a drug that’s given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. This booklet explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause.

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End of life [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes the English language version.  

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Prostate cancer and other prostate problems. Information for black men (June 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men are. This illustrated leaflet describes the prostate, the symptoms of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of having chemotherapy and of radiotherapy to the head. This book tells the story of Anna, Jack and Laura who all lose their hair while having treatment for cancer and helps young children to understand what might happen.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Bengali] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Focus on bowel cancer (July 2018)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet has facts about bowel cancer and the bowel and describes the symptoms, who is at risk and how to reduce the risk. It mentions the bowel screening programme in Northern Ireland.

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What every woman should know about her man (February 2017)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This leaflet is aimed at women to help them understand the basics of prostate cancer and to counter men's tendency to ignore symptoms. Designed to be handed out at collections outside supermarkets and similar events. 

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Health promotion (May 2017)

Action Cancer

Z-card with information about how to reduce the risk of cancer via making lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol drinking and taking care in the sun. Also has information about services offered by Action Cancer.

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The PSA test (April 2019)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This leaflet describes the PSA test and what it involves, and the advantages and disadvantages of having the test.

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Prostate cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. Includes the English-language version.

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Understanding muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer [Audiobook] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook 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. It explains the symptoms of muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also describes ways to cope, including your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Rectal discharge following stoma surgery (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet explains why rectal discharge might occur following a colostomy and describes some of the management techniques and coping mechanisms that might help.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Punjabi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Welcome back! A guide for teachers helping children and young people returning to school after a diagnosis of cancer (April 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated booklet for teachers with a child or young person in their class who has been diagnosed with cancer. It provides background information about cancer, the common cancers that affect children and young people, and the type of treatments used. It also contains information on useful organisations and reading materials.

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