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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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All to live for. Fighting cancer. Finding hope. (2017)

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In 2005 Emma Hannigan was 32, happily married to her long-time love, with two young children. Her world was shattered when she discovered that she had the rare gene BRCA1, meaning a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 85% chance of breast cancer. To reduce the risk, Emma had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, but in 2007 received the news that cancer had struck anyway. Twelve years later, Emma is battling cancer for the tenth time. With warmth and wisdom, she shares her journey and her advice on everything from skincare and hair loss to how to keep a sense of humour through it all. All to Live For is a story of one woman's determination not to let cancer win; a story of strength and inspiration, hope and love. And of never giving up. (Publisher)

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Understanding donor stem cell (allogeneic) transplants [Audio CD] (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook gives a wide range of information about allogeneic (donor) stem cell treatment. It includes a list of helpful organisations. 

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Bed protection (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of suppliers of bed protection products for people with a stoma.

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Chemo summer. An uplifting breast cancer experience (2017)

Austin Macauley

In Chemo Summer Jane Hoggar takes the reader through a light-hearted and informative account of her discovery of breast cancer and its cure. Cancer of any description has the capacity to chill those it affects and their loved ones. But for Jane Hoggar early discovery and diagnosis provided for a satisfactory resolution. And it's these small details that might well help people in a similar situation. For example, Jane did not discover a lump, which is the usual thing in breast cancer, but a sag' when she raised her arms and it was her insistence that something was wrong that resulted in a vital early medical diagnosis. All the side issues are covered in the book, effects of chemo and radiotherapy, hair loss and wigs, changes in diet and exercise, making Chemo Summer a valuable and engaging look into a serious and often frightening subject. (Publisher)

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End of life [Chinese, Traditional] (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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Ben's stem cell transplant. A children’s guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplant (June 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet is for children who need a stem cell transplant. Using the story of Ben it explains what stem cells are, what the treatment involves, what happens in hospital and going home.

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Support garments (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply garments to support a hernia.

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Supply companies (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply colostomy products.

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Prostate cancer. Asking the right questions (2017)

Fertile Ground Press

During my journey with prostate cancer, I learned that the medical community was selling and I was buying. With prostate cancer you are a consumer, and it is essential that you are aware of the following: 1. Prostate cancer is not just a disease; it is big business. 2. There is no single preferred treatment endorsed by the medical community. 3. There are new lower risk treatments and diagnostic capabilities that many doctors are unaware of or ignore. 4. You must be prepared to ask the right questions to increase your chance of having a good outcome. There are no easy answers when it comes to prostate cancer, but asking informed questions will help light your way, and hopefully either affirm your choices or lead you to a good decision. Read the book, use the prostate cancer check list as a guide, and become your own advocate. Remember, your doctors and your friends will not live with the consequences of your treatment. This burden will be born by you and you alone. Be sure to ask the right questions before selecting a form of treatment. (Author)

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Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain (2017)

Health Press

All health professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months. This fully updated fourth edition of Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain, written by two internationally renowned experts in the field, is designed to bring busy health professionals up to speed with the latest information in this area, including: easy-to-read overviews of pain mechanisms; a practical approach to pain assessment; developments in stepped care and multimodal management; the latest thinking on opioids. With health services around the world responding to calls to improve the management of painful long-term conditions, develop preventive and cost-effective solutions, and respond to patient choice and voice, this easy-to-read fact-packed book is essential reading for all GPs, nurses, junior hospital doctors, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, medical specialists and medical students wanting – and needing – to know more. (Publisher)

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Love, light and mermaid tails. One woman's healing journey back to wholeness through stage four cancer (2017)

Fi Munro

In January 2016, at the age of 30, Fi Munro was diagnosed with non-genetic stage four ovarian cancer. In that moment, after months of pain, tests and assurances that it was ‘nothing to worry about’, her instincts were proved right and her worst fears were realised. In the months that followed, understanding her diagnosis, recovery and health became her full-time job. Using her expertise as a researcher she dedicated her time to understanding everything she could about her diagnosis and subsequent prognosis. In this honest, open and often tear-jerking account of her journey back to wholeness, Fi openly shares her story from diagnosis with stage four ‘terminal’ cancer to living an incredible, healthy life full of joy and laughter. This book is a guide for anyone, not just those with cancer, who wants to embrace a happier, healthier and more caring approach to their life. May it bring you hope, peace and, above all, joy. (Publisher)

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My child has a brain or spinal tumour. A guide for parents and carers (January 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet has detailed information for parents whose child has a brain or spinal tumour. It covers the typical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, the treatment options, clinical trials, supportive care during treatment, and ongoing needs after therapy. Appendices include the structure and function of the brain, a glossary of terms, support groups and useful sources of information.

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Solidifying agents (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

List of solidifying agents and the companies that supply them.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains briefly what Taxotere® is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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TLC. Touch. Look. Check. (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Now

Illustrated credit-card-sized mini-leaflet with information about breast changes.

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Paclitaxel (Taxol) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains briefly what Taxol® is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and the possible side-effects.

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What you can do to help yourself (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. 

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Mesothelioma of the testicle (July 2017)

Mesothelioma UK

This leaflet briefly describes the very rare cancer mesothelioma of the testicle.

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Your smear test after treatment [Urdu] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Breast prostheses, bras and clothes after surgery (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides practical information about breast prostheses (artificial breast forms), bras and clothes for women who have had surgery for breast cancer. Includes photographs, quotes from women, and details of suppliers.

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Travel insurance (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of insurance companies that specialise in providing cover for ostomates.

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Fast facts: Prostate cancer (2017)

Health Press

Prostate cancer is a fast-changing field, and recent advances have significantly improved both the survival and quality of life of many men diagnosed with the disease. As well as providing comprehensive information on the diagnosis, staging and management of the disease, the eighth edition of this ever-popular handbook is an invaluable update on new developments, including: evidence for the debate surrounding PSA screening; a better understanding of molecular and genetic advances; the latest methods of delivering radiotherapy; new drug treatments for castrate-resistant prostate cancer; and survivorship issues. This superbly illustrated handbook is a practical resource for all those who provide support and care for men with prostate cancer - including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals - as well as a refreshingly readable source of information for patients wanting to know more about their condition and its treatment. (Publisher)

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Your smear test after treatment [Polish] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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The essential guide to skin cancer (2017)

Need2Know

Each year we are all warned about the dangers of UVA rays and how important it is to protect ourselves from the damaging effects they have on our skin. Up to 90% of skin cancer could be prevented if we were more aware of sun safety issues. This guide aims to provide expert advice and the latest research on sun safety and the treatment of skin cancer. There are chapters on how to use sunscreen, how a diagnosis of skin cancer is made and ways the skin can be treated during and after cancer. Subjects included are the different types of skin cancer, risk factors, the emotional effects of skin cancer and aftercare, plus up-to-date, straightforward information on sunscreen, sun beds and treatments. There are also lots of practical tips for staying safe in the sun. Whether you have just been diagnosed as having sun damaged skin or want advice on protecting yourself and your family in the sun, this guide provides the essential information. (Publisher)

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The essential guide to breast cancer (2017)

Need2Know

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK; there are approximately 45,000 new cases every year. A new diagnosis can be very frightening and many people will have no prior knowledge of the disease. This book is for women and their families who are looking for a comprehensive but plain language guide to breast cancer and its treatments. Many people find that doctors, although highly qualified and well meaning, can forget how little the layperson knows about medical procedures and terminology. Starting with the basics, this guide will look at what breast cancer is and how it’s diagnosed, right through to support options, the treatment available and how to care for your carers. The emotional after-effects of being a survivor are also covered in detail. Written by a survivor of breast cancer and peer reviewed by a breast cancer specialist, this book will provide everything women need to know about breast care, being diagnosed with breast cancer and the road to recovery. (Publisher)

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Large bag manufacturers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply large bag covers.

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Introduction to lymphoma (May 2017)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet covers what lymphoma is, the tests people might have, the treatments available, and questions to ask doctors.

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Understanding skin cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet deals with the two common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (also called rodent ulcer) and squamous cell carcinoma - and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It includes details of useful organisations.

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Medical adhesive removers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of products for people with a stoma.

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Taking care of your breasts [English/Urdu] (February 2017)

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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Will and Sophie have radiotherapy. A children's guide to radiotherapy (March 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children following the story of Will, who has radiotherapy to his brain, and Sophie, who has radiotherapy to her stomach.

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Your smear test - after CIN treatment [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Stoma support organisations (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of support organisations for people living with a stoma.

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Wind, ballooning and odour (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Guidance for colostomates on wind, ballooning and odour. Describes what may cause wind, foods to avoid, tips to help reduce wind, what to do if the bag keeps ballooning, and what to do about odour.

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It's so much easier since I quit. Your guide to quitting for good with Smokefree (2017)

Department of Health

Main NHS Smokefree guide to helping smokers quit for good. Features an interactive planner that takes smokers through the four key steps to quitting smoking: Think; Prepare; Quit; Stop for good.

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Storm in a D cup! One woman’s journey through breast cancer (2017)

Debbie Paton Publishing

Storm in a D Cup! is a blow-by-blow account of Debbie Paton's journey through breast cancer. It is a candid account of the year between her initial diagnosis and her full recovery. When she was first diagnosed, Debbie wrote notes in a diary, but her daughter Georgia dragged her into the 21st century by convincing her to write a blog that could be shared with a wider audience. The blog soon became Debbie's cathartic writing. It gave her the freedom to express the rollercoaster of emotions as they happened, the good, the bad and the irrational. She shared her entries on social media for her friends and family to follow – it took the pressure off endless update phone calls! This is a no holds barred account of the mix of emotions, the highs and lows of the journey. It is not about doom and gloom, but rather the realities of the journey and the experiences Debbie had along the way. It is at times poignant and highly sensitive, at others, filled with laughter and fun. It was a year that shaped her life into something different. It is Debbie’s hope that her experiences can help others by alleviating some of the fear surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis. If she could have read a similar blog before starting her own journey, Debbie feels certain she would’ve been far less fearful of what lay ahead. Yes, everyone's path is different, but there are elements of her experience that will resonate with others in the same position. (Publisher)

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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Obtaining prescription supplies (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Guidance on obtaining prescription supplies from the supply company, chemist or GP.

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Ruby's stem cell harvest and transplant. A children's guide to stem cell harvesting and transplant using their own stem cells (autologous transplant) (October 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

An illustrated, colour booklet for children who are having a stem cell transplant. It describes the bone marrow, the stem cell nurses, the harvest machine, and what happens on the day that the cells are harvested and on the day that they are returned.

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Your smear test after treatment (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Dear cancer, love Victoria: a mum’s diary of hope (2017)

Trapeze (Orion)

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help. Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER, LOVE VICTORIA she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn't planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum. By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones' prognosis, and needed to know that they were not alone. Victoria's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer. (Publisher)

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Pretty sick. The beauty guide for woman with cancer. How to look your best when you feel your worst (2017)

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

The ultimate resource to looking your best during and after cancer treatment, from a veteran beauty industry insider. Like many women who receive the shattering diagnosis of cancer, Caitlin Kiernan was concerned about her health and her future, but also about how the treatment would affect how she felt and looked - would she lose her hair? Would she lose her nails? How would she look after a double mastectomy? But unlike other women who battle cancer, Kiernan has spent her entire career as a beauty editor, beauty director (most recently for Life & Style Weekly), and now beauty producer. As someone who works in the public eye and in the fashion industry, Kiernan had to quickly learn how to look her best even when she was feeling her worst. So she called on her list of extensive contacts and beauty insiders - from hair professionals to top medical doctors (at institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering and Mt Sinai Hospital) to style mavens and even celebrities (including Wendy Williams and Hoda Kotb) - to gather the best and most useful beauty tips for cancer treatment. The result is Pretty Sick: the ultimate guide to beauty during (and after) cancer treatment, covering skin care, hair care (and wig shopping), nail care, makeup, an explanation of breast cancer surgical options, style advice for life post mastectomy, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming line drawings and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, Pretty Sick will be a welcome and trusted resource during treatment, helping women to look their best even when they don't feel their best. (Publisher)

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Your smear test after treatment [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Employment and returning to work (2017)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet aims to give employers and employees the tools to better manage planning for long-term sick leave, returning to work and applying for a new job. 

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Seat belt protection and extenders (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply seat belt protection and extenders.

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Brain tumours (June 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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Checking your bowel is healthy. The NHS bowel scope test for people who are 55 years old [Easy read] (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This easy read booklet tells you how to keep your bowel healthy and decide whether to have the NHS bowel scope test.

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Breast awareness and screening (May 2017)

Action Cancer

This leaflet describes when and how to check the breasts for changes and what to look for. It briefly explains what a mammogram is. Contains information on local services and describes the work of Action Cancer in Northern Ireland.

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Phyllodes tumours: malignant and borderline malignant (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what malignant and borderline malignant phyllodes tumours are, the symptoms, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options.

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Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans of your ovaries (June 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

Information about abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans for women whose GP has referred them for these tests.

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