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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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Managing symptoms at home. Palliative care information for families (February 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet provides information about common symptoms, their causes and available treatments and includes suggestions for things parents and carers can do at home to help their child.

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Housing costs (April 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people affected by cancer who may be worried about housing costs.

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The holistic guide for cancer survivors (2016)

Sheldon Press

While cancer causes more than one in four deaths in the UK, many cancers are increasingly chronic diseases, and holistic management is common. Up to a half of all cancer patients admit to visiting CAM providers; more use complementary therapies. Holistic health isn't a quick fix, but many CAMs are now established, respected and effective parts of the treatment journey in cancer, and indeed many cancer drugs come from plants. This book is a balanced, informative look at how holistic methods may help in the cancer journey. Topics include: Understanding cancer; Why does cancer arise; Common symptoms; How holistic methods may help; Diet; CAM treatments such as acupressure, acupuncture and moxibustion, art therapy, aromatherapy; An anti-cancer lifestyle; Spirituality and healing; How to ensure treatment is safe - never trust anyone who claims to cure cancer. (Publisher)

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The street-wise patient’s guide to surviving cancer (2016)

Edward Everett Root, Publishers

This book tells you how you can do everything possible to survive cancer. The author is one of the world's leading experts on cancer care. This is an insider's guide to taking control of your own life, and care. YOU can survive cancer - although many patients do not know this. It: offers short, sharp practical guidance; shows patients how to can take control of their care; is essential to patients, and their family; shows you how to get the system to work for you; it gives 100 advisory websites, with expert notes; is absolutely up-to-date. (Publisher)

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I’m just a person. My year of death, cancer and epiphany (2016)

Bluebird (Pan Macmillan)

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: 'Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.' The set instantly went viral, and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy. Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year - a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it. (Publisher)

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What is lymphoma? (May 2016)

Lymphoma Action

An overview of cancer and lymphoma.

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Smiles from the clinic. A humorous look at cancer (2016)

Motivational Press, Inc

You may be wondering why a doctor would attempt to write a (supposedly) humorous book about cancer. Well, I have found that too many people, even other physicians, think that working with cancer patients is very serious business and must be pretty depressing work. However, my experience has been quite the opposite. The cancer patients with whom I have had the privilege to work with demonstrate humour, smiles and positivity every day. It helps them face their disease, cope with treatment and get on with their lives in a positive and meaningful way. They are definitely among the most grateful people I have ever met, and working with them has made me a happier and better person. Much of the practice of medicine is about relationships and, as we all know, relationships, at least good relationships, are often filled with humour. Within oncology (the specialty of cancer treatment), just like any other field of medicine, special relationships develop between patients and their physicians, and humour is often involved. That is definitely what I have observed in my clinical practice. This book is dedicated to cancer patients, as well as their families and friends. All the stories are based on my personal experiences and observations over 25 years of medical practice. Believe me, I am not a comedian or humourist - just ask my kids. I would never be able to make up such funny stories myself. (Publisher)

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Breast calcifications (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains about breast calcifications, what they are, how they're found and what happens if they need to be followed up.

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Jamie’s journey. Cancer from the voice of a sibling (2016)

Little Five Star

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, his or her siblings may struggle with complex emotions such as confusion, guilt, and fear. Part story, part journal, Jamie's Journey: Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling helps siblings of pediatric cancer patients cope with those intense feelings. The first half of the book is about 13-year-old Jamie who describes the roller coaster of emotions she experiences when her 10-year-old sister, Jordan, is diagnosed with cancer. Jamie laments the loss of her 'normal' teenage life and describes feeling forgotten as her family focuses on Jordan's medical needs. Jamie finds solace through journaling about her experience, and encourages the reader to write about his or her own journey on the pages provided in the book. Jamie's Journey is unique in that it's designed especially for the siblings of pediatric cancer patients. Author Sharon Wozny draws from her experience volunteering with Children's Cancer Network for the past three years. During the time she's spent with young cancer patients and their families, Wozny has discovered that the patients' siblings face unique challenges. "They endure so much," she said. "They feel so much pain on so many levels and need to know that they are heroes also." Wozny has made the second half of the book an interactive journal, offering siblings of pediatric cancer patients a safe place to share their own journey. (Publisher)

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The living well with cancer cookbook. An essential guide to nutrition, lifestyle and health (2016)

Bantam Press (imprint of Transworld Publications)

When authors Fran Warde and Catherine Zabilowicz met at the Maggie’s centre at Charing Cross Hospital in London, they quickly discovered they shared a passion for good food and healthy eating. They also realized that with their combined knowledge and experience – Fran as an acclaimed food writer, and Catherine as an experienced nutritional therapist working at Maggie’s – they could provide invaluable guidance for anyone living with cancer, their families and friends. The Living Well With Cancer Cookbook, published in support of the Maggie’s charity, is the result of Fran and Catherine’s collaboration. Aimed at helping readers through each stage of their journey – diagnosis, during and after treatment – this essential guide is packed with advice on nutrition and health and offers a range of delicious recipes. There are healthy twists on classic favourites and tempting new treats to try, with every ingredient considered for its health benefits. Positive and empowering, the book contains a wealth of information on the best food choices to make, and reveals why many scientists today believe that certain foods and a balanced diet are crucial in sustaining strength throughout treatment. Taking a holistic approach, this book also seeks to alleviate anxieties, such as those concerning weight-loss, loss of appetite and the changes in how food tastes. Above all, the simple, comforting recipes will help both experienced cooks and novices to create nutritious, easily adapted meals – from breakfast right through to dinner – each one designed to nourish and sustain. (Publisher)

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Your body, intimacy and sex (May 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for any woman who has breast cancer and would like more information on how it may affect her sexuality and sexual well-being. It covers sex and sexuality, breast cancer and sexuality, and intimate relationships. Includes photographs, quotes, and sources of information and support.

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Your feelings [Easy read] (June 2016)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about how they might feel and what might help.

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What happens if you are diagnosed - questions to ask (January 2016)

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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Understanding GIST: gastrointestinal stromal tumours (July 2016)

Sarcoma UK

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST). It explains hat GIST is, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. It includes space to record details of your diagnosis, the names and contact details of your health care team, and your appointments.

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Cancer with a small 'c' (2016)

Writersworld

This book follows the journey of my life through approximately a ten-year period during which time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It contains highs and lows and hopefully will shine a positive light on this disease that will encourage other women.v Although any cancer diagnosis is devastating not only to a patient but also to their family, a positive outlook, a grateful heart and a belief that life can only get better is vital to recovery. There will be readers who understand the attitude that overtook me at the time; my marriage breakdown will resonate with others - just as our reconciliation will also be close to the hearts of some people.I also draw on some hilarious moments, because it wasn't all bad, my cancer attacked me when I was most in need of a break from life. Disastrous, worrying, life threatening and emotionally draining, the story will touch on some very personal, sad moments but also the victorious end when I refuse to even acknowledge that I had cancer. Yes, it was real, but it deserves no place in my life any more and certainly no capital 'c'.A cathartic book for me and hopefully an encouragement to others who may be going through a similar situation to mine, this book is an honest account of how I drove myself to get well again. Ten years on, my life is so different that I hardly recognise the person in the story. But it was me and it is my story. (Author)

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Taking care of your breasts [English/Hindi] (September 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Rare tumours (May 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet has brief information about rare tumours of childhood, including details of useful organisations.

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Osteosarcoma (May 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what osteosarcoma is, and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Liver tumours (May 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what liver tumours are, and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Neuroblastoma (May 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what a neuroblastoma is, and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Ewing's sarcoma (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what Ewing's sarcoma is, and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Radiotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what radiotherapy is and how it is given.  

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Chemotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what chemotherapy is and how it is given. 

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Information about radiotherapy. An easy read guide (2016)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information about radiotherapy. Includes information specific to St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital.

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Starting a family. Your choices (2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet aims to provide an introduction to the different conception options available for people with MEN, and some of the practical, physical and emotional aspects of each of these. It provides details of sources of additional information, support and advice to help you explore your choices further, and to look after your emotional well-being. 

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Adrenal gland surgery (2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

Information for anyone who may be about to have surgery to remove an adrenal gland. This leaflet explains what an adrenal gland is, why an operation may be needed, and who should care for you during your treatment.

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Hodgkin lymphoma (April 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what Hodgkin lymphoma is, and briefly describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Having surgery (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining minor surgery and major surgery. The booklet talks about what happens before and during an operation. There is also information about recovery after surgery and possible side effects. 

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Taking care of your breasts (September 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

Illustrated mini leaflet showing women how to check their breasts.

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An easy guide to having a colonoscopy (June 2016)

NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

Illustrated leaflet with information for people with a learning disability about having a colonoscopy.

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Cervical screening (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer and what happens during cervical screening (a smear test).  

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Taking care of your breasts [English/Gujarati] (September 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. 

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How will I feel after radiotherapy. An easy read guide (2016)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information about the possible side-effects of radiotherapy. Includes information specific to St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital.

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Having a biopsy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different types of biopsy and what happens.  

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Seeing the doctor (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about going to see your GP. It talks about things you can do to prepare and things the doctor might ask you.  

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An ABC of prostate cancer today. My journey over 4 continents to find the best cure (2016)

Alan Lawrenson

“An ABC of prostate cancer today – 2nd Edition replaces its best-selling predecessor, “An ABC of prostate cancer in 2015”. The new edition provides the reader with comprehensive information on the very latest diagnosis tests that are available and now becoming routinely used in leading clinics, hospitals and specialist practice around the world. A leading urological surgeon who reviewed the book said: “All my registrars (interns) should get a copy of this book and fully digest its contents.” Another specialist said: “Every general practitioner (physician) in the country should read the book to bring them up-to- date on prostate cancer.” Not with standing these comments, the easy-to-read book, is targeted at the layman, and is written in easily understood language. The book provides the reader with more than 100 questions that prostate cancer sufferers should consider asking their doctors. It also details “My Journey over Four Continents to find the Best Cure”. The book (99,500 words over 344 pages) is presented in three parts: In Part 1, the book looks at what prostate cancer is and examines, in detail, PSA testing and its derivatives such as PSA density, PSA doubling time, free PSA, etc. It also looks in depth at the biopsy process and explains the increasing use of multiparametric MRI as a diagnostic tool. The staging and grading of prostate cancers are explained. Part 2 focusses on the 10 top treatments available to treat prostate cancer. Some of these treatments are broken down into multiple sub-sets. One such treatment is radiation, which is broken down into nine different forms of radiation, each of which is fully presented. Some of these, like proton beam therapy, might offer better alternative outcomes to some sufferers than more ‘popular’ treatments. Whilst the book focusses mainly on the treatment of patients with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer that is localised, the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer is also considered. The book considers diet and nutrition issues in detail and also has chapters on alternative treatments and a comprehensive cancer-fighting plan. This part of the book concludes with a chapter on the all-important prostate cancer support groups. Part 3 of the book details my consideration of various treatment options, my visits to three urologists and a radiation oncologist, my treatment selection process and my subsequent proton beam therapy treatment at the National Cancer Centre in Sout

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10 top tips [Welsh] (February 2016)

Target Ovarian Cancer|Macmillan Cancer Support

This set of ten tips was developed by a workshop group comprising people affected by ovarian cancer and GPs. It aims to help women get the best out of a visit to their GP if they are concerned about symptoms.

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Answering your questions about your friend's illness. Factsheet for children and young people (March 2016)

CLIC Sargent

This factsheet for children and young people aged 13 and over who have a friend with cancer addresses common concerns about cancer and its treatment.

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The end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens to your body and how you might feel during the last few days of life. 

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GemCarbo chemotherapy [Polish] (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

GemCarbo is a combination chemotherapy treatment that is used to treat several types of cancer, but most commonly lung cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs, how they are given and the possible side-effects.

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Giving your consent (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what giving consent to treatment means.  

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Scans and x-rays (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about different types of scans and x-rays and what might happen at the hospital. 

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Having a CT scan (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during a CT scan. 

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Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) [Bulgarian] (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) is a targeted therapy drug used to treat melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer or kidney (renal cell) cancer. 

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Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) [Polish] (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) is a targeted therapy drug used to treat melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer or kidney (renal cell) cancer. 

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Osteosarcoma [French] (December 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Osteosarcoma is a rare type of sarcoma of the bone. This factsheet describes the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, grading and staging and treatment options.

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Myelofibrosis (MF) [French] (April 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Myelofibrosis (MF) is a type of bone marrow disease. Rarely, MF leads to leukemia.This factsheet explains what it is, and briefly describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Coughing for three weeks? Get out of breath easily? Do you have either of these symptoms? Tell your doctor (2016)

Department of Health

Leaflet aimed at alerting general public to symptoms of lung cancer and encouraging people to go to the doctor if they have a cough that last more than three weeks or get out of breath easily.

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Complementary therapies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different complementary therapies that are available. 

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Having an ultrasound (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens during an ultrasound scan. 

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