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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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Living for a reason - a true cancer journey (2016)

Austin Macauley

There can be up to 50,000 cases of breast cancer a year in the UK. Ann, in J.A. Prescott's Living for a Reason, is just one. On receiving the news of her condition Ann greets it with the response - You haven't told me that I'm dying yet?' and that is the spirit she carries throughout the book. It is a moving and powerful portrait of a woman who, faced with the vicissitudes of cancer, determines to live life to the full. The book shows Ann as she goes through the stages of cancer and the phases of treatment; the well known mastectomy, the loss of hair, the cosmetic surgery, the chemotherapy and the less well-known side-effects of the drugs. With her condition compounded with the onset of arthritis Ann's determination is inspirational and her story is one of great courage. (Publisher)

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Thinks itself a hawk. Poems from the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London (2016)

Hippocrates Press

Wendy French’s meticulously observed and profoundly moving new collection grew out of a residency with the University College Hospital MacMillan Cancer Centre in London. Working with patients, sharing in their hopes and fears, tracking the everyday endeavours of a vital medical hub, Wendy French found herself drawn into lives in which blood tests, diagnosis, chemotherapy and hope become as much part of the human experience as cappuccino and Vivaldi on the radio. One life, that of Zipora, a Jewish woman whose origins lay in the darkest days of the twentieth century, is chosen for particular attention for its power to place everyday experience in large frames, but also for the brightness with which it reminds us that everyday life is unique and important. Wendy French brings all her gifts of compassion, precision, and feeling yet understated language, to the high task of accompanying the journey we call cancer. (Publisher)

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I am here. Stories from a cancer ward (2016)

Scribe Publications

Looking for more meaning in his work, Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to spend his days caring for the sick and dying. He trained as a secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital, and from the patients there he learned how simply talking and listening can provide comfort: from chatting about the football to discussing life’s meaning and how one prepares for death. I Am Here is a frank, moving, and sometimes funny record of his encounters. It gives an unforgettable insight into the variety of ways people cope with suffering, and suggests how we can support them — through caring, through conversation, and by acknowledging that although we may not be able to answer all of life’s questions, we can face them together. From one of the saddest places comes this powerful affirmation of our capacity for humane care. (Publisher)

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Achievement: cancer free for 20 years (2016)

Achievement Specialists Ltd

Full of tips, tools, techniques, and the secrets Curly Martin used to overcome cancer. How she now lives a passionate, exciting, healthy, wealthy, happy life. Curly Martin was diagnosed with breast cancer, and an aggressive form of lymphatic cancer in 1992 and she was given nine months to live. At that time she became homeless and was unemployed. This book is all about her fascinating and funny 20 year journey from cancer to coaching. Since the terminal diagnosis, she has become an international bestselling author of, The Coaching Handbook Series of books. She is a highly sought-after international speaker, a pioneer of life coach training and the founder of a very successful training company, Achievement Specialists Limited. She intuitively combines her personal experiences with accepted methodologies and cutting edge innovations, to create exciting, very entertaining and effective approaches to living a healthy, happy and successful life. (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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Information for laryngectomy patients (May 2016)

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

Information on the benefits available to people who have had a laryngectomy. The leaflet also lists some useful publications and addresses of support organisations.

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Fighting spirit. A cancer survivor’s journey (2016)

Austin Macauley

When your enemy is clearly visible, it makes fighting them so much easier, than if they are elusive, such as cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is everybody's worst nightmare. It is automatically seen as a death sentence. It was no different for Nicolas. His first thoughts were about his mortality, but to help him through his treatment and recovery he used the skills and discipline he had learnt in martial arts. His 'Fighting Spirit' helped him deal with everything that cancer brings with it, along with his faith and support network of family and friends. Rather than focusing on the negative, Nicolas remains positive, using references from some of his favourite films to give him direction, steering him towards a healthy, cancer-free future. The 'Fighting Spirit' helps Nicolas to see his cancer as an enemy that needs to be defeated in battle. He uses his martial arts mindset to visualise and conquer his foe. There will be only one winner. (Publisher)

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The buoy projects. A story of breast cancer, bucket-lists, life lessons, Facebook and love (2016)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

Wanda Stairs Howard was many things to many people, but first and foremost, she was a mother, grandmother, and wife. Her daughter Lorna’s book is an account of how Wanda took what was left of her life and squeezed it until the pips squeaked, how she and her tireless Team Wanda celebrated her life whilst she was still living it, and how eventually they set her free for the ultimate journey. This book was written because so many people responded so strongly to her story as it played out through the medium of Facebook, and many of those people asked Lorna to put her mother’s story into print so that she could inspire others who weren’t lucky enough to know her personally. By the end of the book, I hope that readers will feel like they knew Wanda and that many will take comfort and inspiration from her life and death. (Publisher)

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Osteoradionecrosis. The health of your bones after radiotherapy (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about osteoradionecrosis and the health of your bones after radiotherapy 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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The shock factor. Sarah's story – beating breast cancer one day at a time (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

The door handle started to turn and I knew this was the moment that could change my life forever. Mr Mahadev appeared with another staff member. He introduced himself and then introduced Sally, a breast care nurse, and sat down beside me. He started to go through my notes: family history, the results of the mammogram and the biopsy. Then he delivered the devastating news... I’m really sorry but the mammogram has shown two tumours in the left breast. Sarah Pickles was a normal 32-year-old married woman with a young daughter. On 22nd September 2014 her life changed as she was given the devastating news that she had a triple-negative breast cancer. Read about how Sarah dealt with her diagnosis and how she survived cancer as she shares all the high, lows, tears, and laughter of her journey. This honest and raw account of Sarah’s cancer journey also includes lots of information and top tips on diet, exercise, health, and beauty. (Publisher)

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Myeloma. Cancer of the immune system. Fast facts: For patients and their supporters (2016)

Health Press

This short workbook is designed to help patients equip themselves with the best information about myeloma. Starting with a simple overview of the biology of the disease, it will help patients to understand the type of myeloma that they have, the remitting-relapsing nature of the disease, and the signs and symptoms they are likely to experience. It takes patients through the initial treatment options and their side effects, what to expect if they have stem cell transplantation, and how they will be treated when their symptoms return. The final sections will help patients understand the supportive care options available, and provide an insight into the latest myeloma research, which is progressing on many fronts. (Publishers)

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It's all just rock and roll...: a terrifically truthful tale of one girl's bust up with breast cancer (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

A truly inspirational story about love, life, happiness and hair. A true story about a girl's victorious battle with breast cancer. She had a choice to make - to crumble or to fight. Her daughter was four, her job was full on and she was spinning a million plates. She was the queen of dodging reality through all the twists and turns of life. This was different - she had to find a way to face her worst fears and to get herself out of the pickle of all pickles. Little did she know that the very same disease that had claimed her parents when she was far too young was to be her most unlikely saviour. She tells the story in real time with humour, a blunt Yorkshire honesty and breath taking courage. What really happens when you're trying to keep your head (and your hair) when the rest of the world is going mad. And what really happens when you finally find your very own sunshine. (Publisher)

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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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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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Dexamethasone. Information for patients, parents and carers (December 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet has information on the use of dexamethasone in children and young people with cancer. It also offers help to parents in managing the behaviour of children with cancer that requires regular steroids. 

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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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Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) (September 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (December 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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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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Safe handling of chemotherapy medicines. Information for patients, parents and carers (December 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet provides information on the safe handling and storage of chemotherapy medicines at home and the precautions needed for safe disposal of bodily waste.  

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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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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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Wilms' tumour (September 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Retinoblastoma (October 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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Rhabdomyosarcoma (September 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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Hodgkin lymphoma (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 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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Germ cell tumours (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 a germ cell tumour is and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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

Breast Cancer Care

An illustrated mini-guide to being breast aware, in French and English. It shows what breast changes to look and feel for.  

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Cancer with a small 'c' (2016)

Self-published using 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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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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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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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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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (December 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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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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