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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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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer [Audio CD] (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet. Offers advice and guidance to anyone affected by cancer who may feel lonely or isolated. It discusses the feelings and emotions that may arise from a cancer diagnosis and has advice on talking to others, taking control of the situation, self-help, depression, and professional help. It has details of resources and organisations that can help.

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Family history, genes and breast cancer (March 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what a family history of breast cancer is, and what this may mean for you or your family.

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Radiotherapy for primary breast cancer (January 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes radiotherapy for primary (early) breast cancer. It explains what radiotherapy is, why it might be needed, how it is given, what to expect, treatment planning, and the possible side-effects. 

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Cancer hates kisses (2017)

Sliwerski JR, Song M (illustrator)

Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski was diagnosed with breast cancer four months after giving birth to her daughter. And through all the stages of treatment--surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, losing her hair--she thought about how hard it would be to talk to your child about cancer while coping with it. She wrote this picture book to give other parents and their children an encouraging tool for having those conversations--a lovingly upbeat book that is also refreshingly authentic and straightforward. With its simple text and heartwarming illustrations, Cancer Hates Kisses is relatable to any type of cancer. (Publisher)

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Secondary breast cancer in the brain (June 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the brain that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the brain is, what the symptoms are, and the investigations. Briefly outlines the treatment options. Lists useful organisations.

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Cancer. A beginner's guide [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Scotting P

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and one of the most feared diagnoses a patient can face. The number of new cases is expected to rise by 70% over the next two decades, but few of us understand what it is, how it affects the body or what can be done to treat and even prevent it. In this illuminating introduction, Dr Paul Scotting explains the science behind the disease and explores the factors that can increase our risk of developing cancer.  Fully revised and updated, Cancer: A Beginner’s Guide details the latest breakthroughs, cutting-edge developments and promising new strategies that will help us combat and cure cancer in the future. (Publisher)

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Laughing at cancer. How to heal with love, laughter and mindfulness [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Ben-Moshe R

Laughing at cancer is a unique book based on a series of journals following the author's shock diagnosis of bowel cancer at 43. Brimming with humour, insight and sensitivity, it explores how we talk about and view illness, and how changing your mindset can do wonders on the journey to health. Through explanations of mindful healing techniques and the power of laughter, Laughing at cancer is both a touching memoir and powerful healing guide for anyone undergoing a significant health or life challenge, and not specifically cancer. Wellbeing and mindfulness healing techniques at the conclusion of each chapter empower readers and provide strategies to enhance resilience - a factor often diminished by ill health. (Publisher)

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My care, my future. A guide for women living with incurable ovarian cancer (May 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide has been written to help women deal with the challenges of living with ovarian cancer that is terminal.

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Secondary breast cancer in the lung (July 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with secondary lung cancer that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the lung is, the symptoms and how they can be managed, the investigations that may be needed, and the treatment options. Support organisations are listed.

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Back here again. A guide for women with recurrent ovarian cancer (January 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide is for women with recurrent ovarian cancer or whose cancer did not respond to first treatment. It focuses on practical and emotional needs. 

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Understanding colon cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the colon. It explores the emotions that arise on diagnosis, and has advice on coping with these, as well as on practical issues such as financial help. It also includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Ibrutinib in the treatment of lymphoma (October 2017)

Lymphoma Association

This factsheet describes the use of ibrutinib for the treatment of lymphoma.

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Cancer was my companion. A memoir (2017)

Brown DI

This is the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality. Originally diagnosed with colon cancer, he fought to survive the treatment, only to find that the disease had spread to his liver. Further surgery saved his life again. It was an experience that helped him realise what he thought he already knew, but really didn’t: that he could die. David I Brown writes with both sensitivity and raging anger. It is an unusual mixture of styles with plenty of black humour peppered in between. Drawing on his keen observations, Brown explains the medical processes he underwent from diagnosis through treatment to recovery and provides us with a harsh but beautifully fierce – almost surreal – understanding of his emotional journey. (Publisher)

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Understanding anal cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes anal cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, and life after treatment.

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My child has finished treatment. What happens next? A guide to follow-up and adjusting to normal life for parents and carers whose child or teenager has finished treatment for cancer (July 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet for the parents and carers of children with cancer aims to help answer some of the many questions that arise when treatment finishes. It discusses feelings and emotions, practical issues, school, and moving on.

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Signs and symptoms of cancer (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This z-card gives the signs and symptoms of the main cancers for men and women and advice on cancer prevention for anyone worried about their cancer risk.

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Run for your life. How one woman ran circles around breast cancer (2017)

Baker J

Running has been many things to Jenny Baker – a space to achieve new things, a way to keep fit and healthy, and a source of friendship and community. She had planned a year of running to celebrate her birthday; instead Jenny was hit with a bombshell which rocked her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had one question for her oncologist: can I keep running? It gave her a sense of identity through her chemotherapy, while her treatment was stripping away everything that was important to her. Run for Your Life is the story of how she kept running to help her beat cancer, and how it helped her get her life back on track after an intensive spell of treatment and a turbulent time in her life. (Publisher)

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Spotting cancer early saves lives. Information for men (November 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for men highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out. 

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A laryngectomee's travel guide to the British Isles (2017)

Cantlie P

This booklet has details of hospitals believed to handle emergencies of the type that laryngectomees may suffer. It includes flash cards (English, French, Spanish, and German) to help a voiceless laryngectomee indicate what the problem is.

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Spotting cancer. early saves live. Information for women (November 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for women highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out.

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

Hannigan E

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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Fast facts: Ovarian cancer (2017)

Fotopoulou C, Herzog TJ

In the last few years there has been a revolutionary increase in our knowledge of ovarian cancer management, from detection and genetics to surgery and novel targeted treatment approaches. This means that when it comes to detecting, diagnosing and treating women who have, or are suspected of having, ovarian cancer, there are significant opportunities for the well-informed healthcare professional to intervene in a meaningful way. This resource offers a comprehensive overview of all levels of care, summarizing the most recent advances and putting them in a clinically meaningful context. It answers important questions such as when to operate and when to treat with various modalities, both conventional and novel. We have striven to capture the key knowledge that a busy healthcare professional caring for patients with ovarian cancer needs, in a refreshingly readable concise format. (Publisher)

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NHS cancer services for teenagers and young adults (February 2017)

NHS England, Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent

A summary of the general standards of care that teenagers and young people can expect from the NHS.

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Prostate cancer. Asking the right questions [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Leih TJ

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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Human papillomavirus (HPV). The facts (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about HPV, high risk HPV and cervical cancer, contracting high risk HPV and how to reduce your risk. It also describes the services that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust offers to anyone concerned about HPV, cervical screening, cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.

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Abnormal cervical screening results. The facts (May 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about abnormal cervical screening results in the UK. It also describes briefly the type of abnormal screening results, further tests, and treatment for abnormal cells. It also describes the services that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust offers to anyone just diagnosed with cervical abnormalities.

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Cervical screening. The facts (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about cervical screening. It also describes briefly what happens during cervical screening and who is invited for screening, and has tips for coping if you are nervous or worried.

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Large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone), which may be carried out after an abnormal cervical smear.

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HPV vaccine (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes HPV (human papillomavirus) and how the vaccine works. It explains where girls can get the vaccine, how effective it is and the possible side effects.

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HPV testing (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

HPV (human papillomavirus) testing has been introduced in the UK as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme. This booklet describes what HPV is, how it is transmitted, how the test is carried out and what happens if the result is positive.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what HPV (human papillomavirus) is and the link with cervical cancer. It describes how HPV is transmitted, how to reduce the risk, and testing for HPV.

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Cervical screening (smear test) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what cervical screening is, who is eligible, the test itself, and what happens if the result is abnormal.

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Prostate biopsy results: PIN and ASAP (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intrapeithelial neoplasia (PIN) or atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) after having a prostate biopsy. It explains what ASAP and 'high-grade' PIN are and how they might be monitored.

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

Munro F

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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Recipes for people affected by cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Guidance on eating a healthy diet and coping with poor appetite and weight loss, with plenty of recipes for people living with cancer or those caring for them.

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Understanding clinical trials for cancer (March 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet explains the different types of clinical trials, the benefits and drawbacks of taking part, and how to join a clinical trial.

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Life after cancer treatment (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who are preparing for life after treatment. It has information on follow-up care, managing treatment effects and making healthy lifestyle changes.

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Fast facts: Prostate cancer (2017)

Kirby RS, Patel MI

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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Fertility. Support for young people affected by cancer (July 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for teenagers and young adults who have, or have had, cancer and who are worried about effects on their fertility.

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Understanding rectal cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the rectum. It explores the emotions that arise on diagnosis, and has advice on coping with these, as well as on practical issues such as financial help. It also includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain (2017)

Cousins MJ, Gallagher RM

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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Signs and symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains how to recognise the early signs of cancer and how to reduce the risk. It describes the symptoms to look out for (unexplained bleeding, weight loss, lumps, pain) and how to reduce the risk by making lifestyle changes (smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol drinking and taking care in the sun).

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High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how high intensity focused ultrasound may be used to treat prostate cancer, who can have it, the advantages and disadvantages, what the treatment involves, and the possible side effects.

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Sex and relationships. Support for young people affected by cancer (July 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for teenagers and young adults who have, or have had, cancer. It explains some of the possible physical and emotional effects that cancer can have on your sex life and relationships.

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Understanding primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma) (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the different types of primary liver cancer, the risk factors and causes, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the stages, and the treatment options. It also covers emotions, coping and financial issues.

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Your diet and lifestyle. Living with and beyond bowel cancer (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet covers aspects of diet and lifestyle when living with and beyond colorectal cancer.

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Hug everyone you know: a year of community, courage, and cancer [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Martin AT

Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman--that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed. Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her--the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer in younger women (July 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explores the feelings and experiences of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, covering topics such as treatment, physical effects, relationships, finding support, and practical issues. Individual women share their thoughts and experiences.

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What to do after cancer treatment ends: 10 top tips (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Suggestions to help people get the best care and support after treatment ends and to live as healthy and active a life as possible.

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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet offers advice and guidance to anyone affected by cancer who may feel lonely or isolated. It discusses the feelings and emotions that may arise from a cancer diagnosis and has advice on talking to others, taking control of the situation, self-help, depression, and professional help. It has details of resources and organisations that can help.

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