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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: 1715

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Stay healthy - exercise (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about different ways you can exercise.  

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Having an MRI scan (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during an MRI scan. 

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Getting ready to die (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about things you might want to think if you will not get better from cancer. For example, things you want to do before you die, people you want to see and things you want to remember and think about.  

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Choosing where to die (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different places you can be looked after in the last few months, weeks or days of your life.  

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Breast care for women (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about breast cancer, how to check your breasts, changes to look for and breast screening. 

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Stay healthy - stop smoking (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about smoking and tips for stopping.  

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Getting your test results (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about waiting for test results and what happens when you get them.  

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Your life and your choices: plan ahead (Northern Ireland) (May 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Public Health Agency

This spiral-bound booklet is about some of the ways that people with cancer in Northern Ireland can plan ahead and make choices about their future care. It is divided into the following sections: Planning ahead; Making a will; Advance care plans; Enduring power of attorney; Advance decisions to refuse treatment; Organ and tissue donation; Your plans for after you die; Managing your care if you haven't planned ahead; Mental capacity; Further information and support.

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Thinking about your funeral (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what a funeral is and things you might want to plan for your funeral, such as the music or who should come. 

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Your step by step guide to making a will (June 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how to make or update your will, what to include, who to include, whether you should use a solicitor, how inheritance tax is calculated, and further sources of information and other useful organisations.

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Stay healthy - have safe sex (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to have safe sex.  

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Understanding primary brain tumours (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help people understand more about primary brain tumours (both malignant and benign). It covers the different types of brain tumour, the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, and recurrence. It also covers emotions, support, and practical and financial help.

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Side effects from chemotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the possible side effects of chemotherapy and ways of coping with each one. 

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Side effects from radiotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the possible side effects of radiotherapy and where to get support. 

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Understanding melanoma and treatment with surgery (September 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of skin cancer called melanoma. It includes information about melanoma, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated with surgery. 

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Stay healthy - drink less alcohol (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about alcohol and how many units are in different drinks. 

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Gardening as a way to keep active (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the benefits of being active during and after cancer treatment and how to achieve these through gardening.

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Understanding melanoma. Lymph node assessment and treatment (September 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes. 

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Stay healthy - eat a healthy diet (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about what a healthy diet is and foods to avoid. 

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Managing your debt. A self-help guide (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people affected by cancer understand the basics of debt management and to provide tools to help them deal with their debts. It covers benefits, creating a financial statement, identifying priority debts, and negotiating with creditors. It includes sample letters, further sources of information and advice, and a jargon buster.

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Having examinations and blood tests (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about having tests at hospital and what might happen. 

Cover image of 'Grief and loss when someone dies'

Grief and loss when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what dying is, how you might feel if someone you love dies and where you can get support.  

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Who can help if you are dying (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different people who can support you if you are dying and what they can help with.  

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Money worries? How we can help (December 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can mean additional expense at an already difficult time. This leaflet describes how Macmillan Cancer Support can help through its grants for people with cancer, information resources, and welfare rights advisors.

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Bowel screening information card (January 2016)

Cancer Research UK

Pack of 100 cards with information on the bowel cancer screening programme in England, including the age range when people are eligible to take part, and the contact number to request a new kit. 

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Stay healthy - be safe in the sun (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to be safe in the sun.  

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Planning and managing your finances (May 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can put a strain on your budget. It can lead to extra costs and disrupt your income. This booklet aims to help you manage these changes and look after your everyday finances.

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Your life and your choices: plan ahead (Scotland) (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Public Health Agency

This booklet is about some of the ways that people with cancer in Scotland can plan and make choices about their future care. 

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How you may feel when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that explains grief and talks about the different emotions or changes you might experience if someone you love dies. There is also information about where to get support. 

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Going to a funeral when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what a funeral is, what might happen and other ways of remembering someone who has died.  

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How to check your balls (testicles) (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about testicular cancer and how to check your testicles for changes.  

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Your support and follow-up care. (October 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about how you can take an active role in your care. It describes types of support that your healthcare team may call the Recovery Package. This leaflet looks at: some of the support you can ask for after a cancer diagnosis; what options may be available to you for your follow-up care, and what information you need; ways you can look after yourself.

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Managing your energy costs (July 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about what to do about energy bills during cancer treatment. It explains how to look for cheaper alternatives, about government grants, payments and schemes that may help, the changes to make at home, and other support services available.

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Spirituality and religion at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that talks about the role religion and faith may play at the end of life and other things that might help you feel spiritual. 

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Coughing for three weeks? Get out of breath easily? Do you have either of these symptoms? Tell your doctor [Large print] (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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Have you had a cough for more than 3 weeks? Do you get out of breath easily? [Easy read] (2016)

Public Health England

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.

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Changes that can happen at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about symptoms you might have with advanced cancer and things that can help. 

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What can help you feel better when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about coping with grief and things that can help you. 

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Making decisions about the future if you are dying (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to plan for your future, including making an Advance Care Plan.  

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Cervical screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing (2016)

Public Health England

This leaflet tells you about HPV testing. This is a test carried out on the sample of cells taken during cervical screening. It makes no difference to what happens at your screening appointment. 

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Fatigue and brain tumours (June 2016)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This factsheet aims to help patients understand why they may have less energy. It explains what cancer-related fatigue is and describes the symptoms and possible causes. It has suggestions for coping with fatigue and answers some commonly asked questions and also offers some practical suggestions for coping with the emotional and physical effects of fatigue.

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Holidays and travel for people with lymphoedema (August 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

A leaflet with advice on travelling with lymphoedema.

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Healthy eating for people with lymphoedema (November 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

This leaflet explains why it is important to follow a healthy eating plan and describes how to make the necessary dietary changes.

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What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

“You’ve got cancer” – three little words that can change your life. “What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger” is the honest, straight-from-the-heart account of one woman’s experience of hearing these three words. Right from the start, it follows every step of this journey – and it IS a journey – the tears and laughter, the ups and downs and everything in between. There is loads of information available that give you the facts about what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer, what happens next, what the options are for treatment and a how to have a life alongside a cancer diagnosis. Most of these are written by those who have never had cancer. Not many of them share the emotional and psychological effects that being diagnosed have. This book does. It talks about the real side effects of chemo, the strange things you crave or can’t stand, the powerful friendships that develop and the fierce spirit within, which is determined to beat cancer. It’s not a “poor me” story……it’s a frank and honest account that has one purpose – to help other people who find themselves with a cancer diagnosis, to show them that what they are thinking and feeling is “OK”, that they aren’t alone and that it’s ok to have a laugh. “What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger” – very frank, very honest and very true. (Publisher)

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Dying. A memoir (2016)

Canongate Books Ltd

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor was dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. With her illness no longer treatable, she began at the start of 2016 to write about her experiences and, in an extraordinary creative surge, wrote what would become Dying: A Memoir. This is a brief and clear-eyed account of what dying taught Cory: amid the tangle of her feelings, she reflects on the patterns of her life, and remembers the lives and deaths of her parents. She tells us why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her own death. Dying is about the vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance that it takes to live a good life and say goodbye to it in peace. (Publisher)

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The best medicine (2016)

Little Island Books

Philip is twelve years old and life is pretty good. He gets on with his mum and gets by pretty well at school - in spite of girl problems, teacher problems, bully problems and - er - poetry problems. Philip's happy-go-lucky life is disrupted when his mother gets breast cancer. Bad enough that your mother is seriously ill - but could she not have developed a less embarrassing kind of cancer - toe cancer, maybe, or ear cancer? Philip's attempts to cope with his situation are both hilarious and touching. Through it all, he's writing letters to his hero, the comedian Harry Hill, looking for advice. A hilarious take on the unfunny subject of cancer; this book brings one of modern life's most prevalent illnesses into the light and gives it a human face. (Publisher)

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Clear cell carcinoma of the ovary (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes clear cell carcinoma of the ovary: what it is; how it is treated; some side-effects of chemotherapy; and what happens after treatment has finished.

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Management of oedema in advanced ill health. Information for patients (February 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Information about oedema in advancing disease. treatment. It describes the causes, symptoms, assessment and investigations and management (skin care, exercise, limb positioning and support, compression, manual lymphatic drainage, kinesio taping and medical treatments).

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The use of compression garments in lymphoedema management (November 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

The use of compression garments plays an important role in the management of lymphoedema. This leaflet describes the benefits of wearing compression garments, the factors involved in choosing compression garments, the different types available, and fitting. It concludes with general information about how to wear and care for the garments, and the problems that may occur.

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What is cellulitis? (December 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

This leaflet describes cellulitis, what causes it, why it occurs in lymphoedema, how to recognise the symptoms, what to do if it develops, what to do after an attack, and how to prevent it.

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