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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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The owl at the window. A memoir of loss and hope (2017)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

Award-winning TV comedy writer Carl Gorham's account of his bereavement is by turns deeply moving and darkly humorous. Part love story, part widower's diary, part tales of single parenting, it tells of his wife's cancer, her premature death and his attempts to rebuild his life afterwards with his six -year old daughter. Realised in a series of vivid snapshots, it takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from Oxford to Australia, from Norfolk to Hong Kong through fear, despair, pain and anger to hope, laughter and renewal. The Owl at the Window is a fresh and original exploration of what it means to lose a partner in your forties, and how Carl learned to live again. (Publisher)

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Benny's hat (2017)

Pomelo Pip

Benny’s Hat follows Friz’s story from when she first learns of her brother’s illness, right through to his death and beyond. With its realistic but hopeful and gentle tone, readers will see that it is normal to feel a whole range of emotions –sad, worried, confused, angry and happy, even during the darkest of times. (Publisher) 

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Thinking out loud. Love, grief and being mum and dad (2017)

Hodder & Stoughton

In 2015, former England football star Rio Ferdinand suddenly and tragically lost his wife and soulmate Rebecca, aged 34, to cancer. It was a profound shock and Rio found himself struggling to cope not just with the pain of his grief, but also with his new role as both mum and dad to their three young children. Rio's BBC1 documentary, Being Mum and Dad, touched everyone who watched it and won huge praise for the honesty and bravery he showed in talking about his emotions and experiences. His book now shares the story of meeting, marrying and losing Rebecca, his own and the family's grief - as well as the advice and support that get him through each day as they strive to piece themselves back together. Thinking Out Loud is written in the hope that he can inspire others struggling with loss and grief to find the help they need through this most difficult of times. (Publisher)

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Making peace with the end of life. A clear and comforting guide to help you live well to the last (2017)

Creative Pumpkin Publishing

From GP and hospice doctor Patrick Fitzgerald and bestselling author Sarah Rayner (Making Friends with Anxiety, One Moment, One Morning) comes a warm and wise companion to help support you and those caring for you in the last months, weeks and days of life. From the shock of diagnosis, through treatment options and symptom control to the process of dying itself, Making Peace with the End of Life tackles these sensitive issues with compassion and honesty. Full of practical advice and important contact information, it will also help to demystify how the NHS and Social Services work, so you can access the best support more easily. And, drawing on Patrick’s extensive clinical experience, it also looks at how communicating your wishes to those involved in your care can give a feeling of safety and control over whatever happens in the future. There are tips on self-nurturing using diet, light exercise and alternative therapies, plus guidance on how to care for your own mental health – including advice for carers. And for those who are anxious about what lies ahead, patient stories and quotes from those who’ve been there help to explain what to expect, thereby easing worry and panic so you feel less alone. Offset by Sarah’s joyful illustrations, the result is a clear and compassionate guide that aims to make these complex and distressing issues less confusing and overwhelming, so each individual can live the life they have left with a greater sense of comfort and peace. (Publisher)

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Inside the wave (2017)

Bloodaxe Books

To be alive is to be inside the wave, always travelling until it breaks and is gone. These poems are concerned with the borderline between the living and the dead - the underworld and the human living world - and the exquisitely intense being of both. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage. Inside the Wave, Helen Dunmore's tenth and final book of poetry. Her final poem, 'Hold out your arms', written shortly before her death and not included in the first printing of Inside the Wave, has now been added to the reprint. (Publisher)

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The grandad grand prix (2017)

North Staffordshire Press

Flo has two of the most fun and competitive grandads in the world who can never resist the chance to get one over on the other. That is until Flo is faced with some devastating news when one of her grandads is diagnosed with a serious illness. Although her world is turned upside down, Flo continues to be inspired by her grandad whose sheer will, determination and positive attitude will not be diminished no matter what. So join Flo as she embarks on an emotional roller coaster as she laughs, cries, makes new friends and discovers what it truly means to never, ever give up. The Grandad Grand Prix is a fictional story inspired by true events and a must read for all age groups. (Publisher)

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Big tree is sick (2017)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Snibbles and Big Tree are best friends! They have always hung out together, and Snibbles loves Big Tree very much. When Big Tree unexpectedly falls ill with woodworm, Snibbles is very upset and angry. The illness is a very bad one and Big Tree does not feel well and doesn't want to play for a long time. Poor Snibbles! He wants Big Tree to get better, but he feels as if there is nothing he can do. What can Snibbles and his friends do to help Big Tree through his treatment and recovery? This beautifully illustrated storybook describes the anger and emotion that many children encounter when a close relative or friend is diagnosed with a long-term illness, such as cancer. The story of Big Tree depicts how things are often out of your control and sets out effective strategies for dealing with these emotions. This story features loveable characters and vivid illustrations, as well as activities for children aged 5+ to complete with their parents or professionals in times of illness and loss. (Publisher)

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Pampering therapy (March 2017)

Look Good...Feel Better

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Surviving me. Living with a life-changing diagnosis (April 2017)

Oakleigh House Limited

Receiving a life-changing diagnosis can be overwhelming. This resource aims to you find your way through. It has exercises to help you focus one day at a time, audio recordings to help you relax and a daily planner to get you through difficult times.

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This beautiful life (2017)

Hodder & Stoughton

Abi has been given the second chance she never expected, and now she's trying to get her life - and her family - back on track after facing the worst [colon cancer]. But it's hard to trust in happiness again, and reconnecting with her husband John proves more challenging than she thought. Can you really go back to 'normal' after thinking you're going to lose one another? With Abi's son Seb struggling with a secret of his own, the three of them are in danger of falling apart just when they need each other most. But how do you pick up the pieces of a family still suffering emotional shockwaves? And can Abi bring the people she loves most in the world back together again... before it's too late? (Publisher)

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Continent urinary diversion eg Mitrofanoff (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

This leaflet has information about continent urinary diversion, which avoids the need to wear a urostomy pouch over the stoma to collect urine. It describes pre-operative and post-operative care, and care of the new reservoir.

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With the end in mind. Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial (2017)

William Collins

In this unprecedented book, palliative medicine pioneer Dr Kathryn Mannix explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, her book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity. She makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding. With the End in Mind is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. Open these pages and you will find stories about people who are like you, and like people you know and love. You will meet Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher who, even with Motor Neurone Disease, gets things done; loving, tender-hearted Nelly and Joe, each living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hug by the fire after she has died. These are just four of the book’s thirty-odd stories of normal humans, dying normal human deaths. They show how the dying embrace living not because they are unusual or brave, but because that’s what humans do. By turns touching, tragic, at times funny and always wise, they offer us illumination, models for action, and hope. Read this book and you’ll be better prepared for life as well as death. (Publisher)

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Expectations of care for patients with a neobladder in the primary care setting (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

Guidelines for people with a neobladder in the event of problems with neobladder function, urinary tract infections, or bleeding.

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Breathlessness. What to do if you get out of breath (November 2017)

British Lung Foundation

This booklet explains what breathlessness is, the causes of acute and chronic breathlessness, the tests that might be necessary and management of breathlessness. It is not cancer specific.

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Sex and breathlessness (March 2017)

British Lung Foundation

This illustrated leaflet has guidance for people with lung disease on how to enjoy a fulfilling sex life.

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My brother or sister has cancer. A children's guide to coping with cancer (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet tells the story of siblings Tom and Jess, whose little brother Ben has cancer. It describes how they cope with the illness and the changes it brings. It is aimed at children under nine.

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The cancer whisperer. How to let cancer heal your life (2016)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

This book does not offer a cure for cancer. It offers a cure for your fear of cancer. Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from 'terminal' diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months. The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed. Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer. As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to: Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people. Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair. Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener-to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make. Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word, as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer, and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace. (Publisher)

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Breast. Breast cancer risk after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet gives an overview of breast cancer risk after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer. A guide for patients and carers (February 2016)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Advice about what to eat and what not to eat following treatment. 

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Advanced prostate cancer (November 2016)

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 for black men (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This pocket guide provides information about black men's risk of prostate cancer and what they can do about it. 

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

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet, witten by parents for parents, aims to help parents manage and enjoy family life when a child has cancer.

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Breast cancer. The key facts (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Now

This small leaflet briefly explains what breast cancer is, what causes it, routine screening, how it is treated, and how to be breast aware.

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Localised prostate cancer (September 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet provides an overview of localised prostate cancer: what it is; what tests are used to diagnose it; grading and staging; treatment options; and choosing treatment.

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What women need to know about... vulval cancer (February 2016)

The Eve Appeal

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

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Lung cancer. Answering your questions (2016)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This pack contains booklets on living with lung cancer and managing lung cancer symptoms, along with a DVD (Living with lung cancer).

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Diet, physical activity and your risk of prostate cancer (February 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet is for men who want to eat more healthily and possibly reduce their risk of prostate cancer. It describes a healthy diet and lists the foods that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer and those that may increase it.

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Prostate cancer information booklet (September 2016)

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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Locally advanced prostate cancer (September 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet provides an overview of locally advanced prostate cancer: what it is; what tests are used to diagnose it; grading and staging; treatment options; and choosing treatment.

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Breast cancer treatments and osteoporosis (January 2016)

National Osteoporosis Society

This factsheet describes what osteoporosis is, and considers the link between breast cancer treatments and the risk of developing osteoporosis.

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Lungs. The health of your lungs after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about the health of your lungs after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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How prostate cancer is diagnosed (July 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer and explains what the results might show. The tests include the PSA test, digital rectal examination, TRUS (trans-rectal ultra sound) guided biopsy, CT scan, MRI scan and a bone scan. It also explain s the staging and grading of prostate cancer.

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Heart. The health of your heart after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is about the health of your heart after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Kidney. The health of a single kidney after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about the health of a single kidney after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Bleomycin. Bleomycin treatment for childhood cancer (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet gives an overview of the potential late effects of bleomycin treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Osteoporosis. The health of your bones after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about osteoporosis and the health of your bones after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Healthy living. Healthy lifestyle advice for childhood cancer survivors (June 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Healthy lifestyle advice for childhood cancer survivors. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Understanding the PSA test. A guide for men concerned about prostate cancer (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

A booklet for men who are considering having a PSA test or who want to know more about PSA. It describes the different problems that affect the prostate gland, the risk factors for prostate cancer, the factors that can affect PSA levels, the tests that the GP can do and what the results may show, and what may happen if the GP refers you to a specialist. The final section lists the advantages and disadvantages of having a PSA test and suggests some questions to ask the doctor.

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How prostate cancer is diagnosed [large print] (July 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer and explains what the results might show. The tests include the PSA test, digital rectal examination, TRUS (trans-rectal ultra sound) guided biopsy, CT scan, MRI scan and a bone scan. It also explains the staging and grading of prostate cancer.

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PSA testing and prostate cancer: advice for well men aged 50 and over (2016)

Public Health England

This information sheet aims to give men balanced information so that they can decide whether to have the PSA test.

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Osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis. The health of your bones after childhood cancer treatment (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about osteonecrosis (or avascular necrosis) and the health of your bones after treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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Helping brothers and sisters. A guide for adults supporting siblings of children with cancer (February 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated leaflet is designed to help adults who come into contact with the siblings of children with cancer. It explains the problems that siblings may have and how adults can best help them cope.

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Taking part in research. A guide for teenagers and young people (aged 13-25) with cancer who are considering taking part in a research study or clinical trial (April 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information for teenagers and young adults about research and clinical trials.

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Early prostate cancer explained (July 2016)

Prostate Scotland

This booklet has detailed information about early prostate cancer, and is aimed at helping men, their partners and families understand about prostate cancer, the tests, investigations and treatment options and help them decide on the treatment that suits them best.

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MTC. Medullary thyroid cancer (February 2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet explains what medullary thyroid cancer is, how it is diagnosed, the tests that may be carried out and the treatment options.

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What is cancer? (2016)

CHANGE

This booklet uses easy words and pictures to help you get information about cancer.

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Types of surgery for breast cancer [Portuguese] (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes the types of surgery for breast cancer.

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Work and cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how cancer can affect your job, what your rights are and where to get more support.  

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Stomach cancer [Polish] (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Understanding stomach cancer” (MAC11641) into Polish, including the stomach, types of stomach cancer, treatment overview, chemotherapy for stomach cancer, and your feelings.

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