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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: 1796

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Bisphosphonates for advanced prostate cancer (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

Bisphosphonates are a group of drugs that can be used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to the bones (advanced prostate cancer). This factsheet describes how bisphosphonates work, the advantages and disadvantages, what treatment involves and the possible side effects.

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Cervical screening (smear test) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what cervical screening is, who is eligible, the test itself, and what happens if the result is abnormal.

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Where to get help. A guide to services (November 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Although designed primarily for people having treatment at the Christie Hospital, this booklet is relevant to anyone with cancer. It describes the emotional support, palliative care, and financial help available. It has a list of national support groups and also support groups in the northwest.

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Abnormal cervical screening results. The facts (May 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about abnormal cervical screening results in the UK. It also describes briefly the type of abnormal screening results, further tests, and treatment for abnormal cells. It also describes the services that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust offers to anyone just diagnosed with cervical abnormalities.

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Large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone), which may be carried out after an abnormal cervical smear.

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HPV vaccine (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes HPV (human papillomavirus) and how the vaccine works. It explains where girls can get the vaccine, how effective it is and the possible side effects.

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The cancer survivor's companion. Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer (2013)

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

Coping with life after cancer can be tough. The idea that the end of successful treatment brings relief and peace just isn't true for countless survivors. Many feel unexpectedly alone, worried and adrift. You're supposed to be getting your life 'back on track' but your life has changed. You have changed. With reassurance and understanding, Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins help readers deal with the emotional fallout of cancer whether it's days, months or years since the treatment ended. Drawing on Dr Goodhart's extensive experience working in the NHS with cancer survivors, this guide is packed with practical and simple self-help tools to tackle issues such as worry and anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, low self-esteem and body image, relationships and sex, fatigue, sleep and relaxation. If you are a cancer survivor, this book will support you every step of the way. If you are supporting a loved one, friend, colleague or your patient, this is a vital read. Winner of the 2012 Best Health Book category in the Guild of Health Writers Awards and highly commended in the Popular Medicine category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 this is the first UK book to look in depth at cancer survivorship and its emotional fallout. Government statistics indicate around 2 million people in the UK survive for at least 5 years post diagnosis and this figure is set to increase. This book will be an invaluable resource. (Publisher)

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Visiting hospital (2019)

BUPA

This booklet explains types of treatment and some of the health professionals who are helping people with cancer to get better. 

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Your guide to cervical cancer (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A guide for women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and those who care about them.  

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Nourishing your body during pancreatic cancer treatment (2016)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

Created by dietitians and chefs at University College Cork, this recipe book provides advice on how best to combat cancer-induced weight loss and other eating related problems whilst undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment.  It features over 80 quick, easy and energy dense recipes for nourishing meals and snacks that have been created specifically for people who find it hard to maintain a healthy weight. 

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A laryngectomee's travel guide to the British Isles (2017)

Cancer Laryngectomee Trust

This booklet has details of hospitals believed to handle emergencies of the type that laryngectomees may suffer. It includes flash cards (English, French, Spanish, and German) to help a voiceless laryngectomee indicate what the problem is.

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Understanding your small cell lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet explains what small cell lung cancer is, and addresses common questions and concerns. 

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Prostate biopsy results: PIN and ASAP (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intrapeithelial neoplasia (PIN) or atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) after having a prostate biopsy. It explains what ASAP and 'high-grade' PIN are and how they might be monitored.

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Telling your child you have cancer (January 2017)

University College London Hospital Cancer Collaborative|FruitFly Collective

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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Diet and nutrition for pancreatic cancer (June 2015)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

This booklet for patients and carers contains information about how pancreatic cancer can affect diet and nutrition. It covers managing dietary symptoms such as poor appetite, weight loss and diarrhoea, dietary supplements and diabetes and diet. Contains dietary advice for patients undergoing surgery and for patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.

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Primary bone cancer. An overview of the disease, diagnosis and treatment (February 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This factsheet describes primary bone caner, the types, who it affects, symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, and rehabitation and support.

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Eating a regular, easy to chew diet. For patients experiencing pain on swallowing or difficulty eating a normal, textured diet (March 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Some illnesses or treatments may make swallowing difficult. This booklet has ideas on how to prepare soft or liquidised foods and how to make food more nourishing by enriching it with dairy produce, fats, sugars and fortified milk. Includes meal suggestions.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what HPV (human papillomavirus) is and the link with cervical cancer. It describes how HPV is transmitted, how to reduce the risk, and testing for HPV.

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Understanding cervical cancer [Audio CD] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which describes cancer of the cervix, how it develops, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, further tests following diagnosis, and the treatment options. It also explores the emotional aspects. Includes details of the financial help and benefits available, useful organisations and resources such as books and websites.

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High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how high intensity focused ultrasound may be used to treat prostate cancer, who can have it, the advantages and disadvantages, what the treatment involves, and the possible side effects.

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Urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment (January 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate cancer and its treatment can be a cause of urinary problems. This factsheet describes how different treatments cause these problems and ways to manage them. It includes information on pelvic floor exercises and continence products as well as surgical treatments.

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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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Understanding rectal cancer [Audio CD] (2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook explains rectal cancer, covering causes and symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, treatments and clinical trials. It also looks at emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Pancreatic cysts and cystic tumours (May 2016)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

A booklet for patients and carers describing the types of pancreatic cyst, their symptoms and risks. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used, the different types of treatment given for cancerous and non-cancerous cysts. It includes a glossary to explain many of the terms used. 

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Thyroid cancer. A quick guide (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This card lists the different types of thyroid cancer and briefly describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Advanced prostate cancer (May 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

Factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer. It explains what advanced prostate cancer is, and describes how it is diagnosed, the grading and staging, and the treatment options (hormone therapy).

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Prostate cancer information booklet (January 2020)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This booklet covers diagnosis (including the DRE and the PSA test), the Gleason score and the staging of prostate cancer, treatment options (active surveillance, watchful waiting, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound, hormone treatment, chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy), clinical trials, side effects (sexual problems, continence, bone health), and diet and lifestyle.

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Your guide to thyroid cancer (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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The cancer guide [Audio CD] (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which is designed to inform people affected by cancer about cancer treatment and care. It explains the different stages that people go through when they have cancer, the roles of various cancer care professionals, and how to get additional support and information.

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The smear test film (2014)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

'The Smear Test Film' is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer and help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

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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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Sex and prostate cancer (June 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how prostate cancer and its treatment can affect sexuality and fertility. It covers the available treatments for erectile dysfunction and sources of help and support.

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Chemotherapy (August 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer, the advantages and disadvantages, what it involves, the possible side effects and what happens after treatment finishes.

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Eating after a duodenal stent (2018)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

This booklet has information about eating after insertion of a duodenal stent. It describes what to expect and the best foods to eat and avoid.

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Laryngectomy is not a tragedy. An introduction to pharyngeal speech (2013)

Cancer Laryngectomee Trust

This updated edition contains the original chapters written by Sydney Norgate in 1989 plus additional material by Dr Nicola Oswald on current speech methods and future developments. It will provide help and encouragement to all laryngectomy patients and their families. It is full of practical advice and information, as well as reassurance. The author, who had himself had his larynx removed, wrote from personal experience of the problems caused by the loss of normal speech, and describes the method of learning to use substitute pharyngeal speech. Written in a straightforward, humorous style and illustrated with cartoons 'Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy' has proved to be a valuable source of advice and inspiration to all those who face this operation. (Publisher)

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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of treatment for childhood cancer, but its impact can be significant. This animation 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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A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery - oesophagectomy and gastrectomy (November 2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

This booklet has been written for people who have had an oesophagectomy or a gastrectomy. It describes the operation and recovery, how the surgery may affect eating and drinking, and the possible problems that may arise, such as dumping, gastric retention, acid regurgitation, or diarrhoea. It has advice on life after surgery; for example, driving, sleep, relationships, and going back to work, and concludes with suggestions for small meals, snacks and nutritious drinks.

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Male cancer. Awareness, diagnosis and treatment (April 2017)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet has information on prostate, testicular and penile cancer - from signs and symptoms, risk factors and causes through to tests to determine a diagnosis and treatment options.

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Active surveillance (March 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for men who want to know more about active surveillance, which is a way of monitoring localised (early) prostate cancer rather than treating it straight away. 

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Abbie has osteosarcoma. A guide for children (December 2018)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

Abbie Has Osteosarcoma is written for parents, carers and healthcare professionals to read with children to help them understand about their osteosarcoma and its treatment. 

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Your guide to cervical screening (smear test) (June 2015)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Every day eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three die from the disease. Yet cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the NHS cervical screening programme and HPV vaccination programme. In the UK 22% of UK women do not attend their cervical screening (smear test) invitation. This short film aims to give you more information about smear tests: what the test is for and what will happen during the test. It also has information on Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which is the main cause of cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The DVD (£5.00) includes versions in Arabic, Bengali Standard, Bengali Sylheti, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Tamil, and Urdu. You can also watch all versions online.

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Lung cancer (April 2015)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Lists the risk factors for and the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and describes what to expect when visiting the GP. Also has information about how the Cancer Focus Northern Ireland can help.

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Prostate cancer. Don't get caught out! (February 2017)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

Leaflet about prostate cancer, including symptoms and brief information about treatment options..

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Caring for someone with a lung condition. Information for carers, family and friends (November 2018)

British Lung Foundation

Information and support for those caring for someone with a lung condition (not specifically lung cancer).

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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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Bowel cancer [Welsh] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Your guide to thyroid cancer [Polish] (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Living with hormone therapy. A guide for men with prostate cancer (June 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are having hormone therapy. It describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they work and what the treatment involves. It also includes information about the possible side-effects and how to manage them.

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Bowel cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. 

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There's something I've been dying to tell you (2014)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will be her final days, There's something I’ve been dying to tell you is a brave and brutally honest memoir and yet Lynda also manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour, bringing light to a very dark time. Woven into this very moving and brave story are extraordinary, colourful tales of her acting and family life that will enlighten and entertain as well as the journey that Lynda has taken to find the family of her birth father having already suffered heartache in her search for her birth mother. In the search for her father's family, Lynda finds a family with a history in entertainment showing that acting was always in the blood. Lynda Bellingham was a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the page in vivid detail. Lynda's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too and ultimately the way Lynda tells her life story will serve as a great inspiration. (Publisher)

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