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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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Mummy's lump (April 2015)

Breast Cancer Care

This book is aimed at children under six and follows Elly and Jack as they learn of their mother's diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Also available as a read-aloud iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch download, read by Zoe Wanamaker (free iOS version or download from iTunes).

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Managing prostate cancer. A guide for living better (2015)

Oxford University Press

The statistics are sobering: over 200,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. With this diagnosis, men are expected to psychologically combat the worry, practical concerns, and the emotional and physical changes during an immensely trying time. How to help? In Managing Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Living Better, Dr. Andrew J. Roth, a psychiatrist specializing in psychological support for cancer patients, provides the emotional skills and strategies necessary to help patients deal with the challenges a prostate cancer diagnosis brings to everyday life. These tools, which Dr. Roth terms Emotional Judo, effectively teach patients to identify what their fears are rooted in, how to distinguish the rational and irrational aspects of their thoughts and behaviors, make healthier choices to promote a more positive approach, and ultimately transform their lives into a more fulfilling and peaceful journey. (Publisher)

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The Royal Marsden cancer cookbook (2015)

Kyle Books

The book is divided into three: a detailed section by Clare Shaw about diet and cancer and the problems you may face during treatment (like loss of appetite, nausea, sore mouth, change of taste); recipes to cook during treatment, which are nutritionally beneficial and wholesome enough to keep you strong even if you can’t eat too much; and a section of recipes for after treatment aimed at keeping you healthy. These recipes are designed to serve smaller portions and two people as well as for families, and there are lots of tips about budgeting, leftovers and freezing. Clare and Catherine want to emphasise that you don’t have to cook ‘special’, separate meals for one, the rest of the family can eat in the same way, saving on time and stress as well as encouraging a healthier diet for all. (Publisher)

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From both ends of the stethoscope. Getting through breast cancer – by a doctor who knows (2015)

Faito Books

Whilst dealing with her own breast cancer, Dr Kathleen Thompson recognised the desperate need for a 'going through breast cancer' guide. Her experiences make a fascinating story in themselves, and Kathleen uses them to guide the reader through diagnostic tests and treatment options, what to do when things go wrong, and when mistakes are made. All the while she explains what is happening and why. Recognising that anyone encountering cancer is in a state of shock, she delivers factual information intermingled with her own story, in an easily-digestible, and often amusing format. Each chapter ends with further information sources and a summary. Kathleen looks back on her cancer journey with honesty, humour and compassion, and with the benefit of her medical understanding and knowledge of the system. Later in the book she also explains medical research and how to assess the credibility of the numerous cancer treatment claims, and what we can all do to protect ourselves from cancer. (Publisher)

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A guide to survivorship for women who have ovarian cancer (2015)

Johns Hopkins University Press

This updated and expanded second edition offers a wealth of information to ease the physical and emotional suffering of women who have ovarian cancer. The expert authors include highly respected and experienced oncologists, gynecologic oncology nurse specialists, researchers, and ovarian cancer survivors. Throughout the book they emphasize the concepts of survivorship, or living life well in the face of daunting uncertainties, and self-determination: the right of each patient to be informed, involved, and in control of her care. Detailed information on diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, pain management, and integrative medicine, constitutes a key feature of the book. Also covered in depth are image recovery, nutrition, pain control, and genetic testing. Women who have ovarian cancer share advice on coping with the life-changing disease and its treatments. Offering candor, compassion, and hope, this remarkable book explains how to add quality to your life and take care of medical and social needs while living with ovarian cancer. (Publisher)

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Prostate biopsy (August 2015)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet describes why a biopsy might be needed and how it is carried out.

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The breast cancer cookbook (2015)

Quadrille Publishing Ltd

A specifically tailored lifestyle cookbook to combat breast cancer, from surgical oncologist Professor Mo Keshtgar. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women, affecting 1 in 8 women in the UK. It is now known that diet and lifestyle are significant risk factors in the development of the disease. Adopting a healthier diet can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and improve the survival of patients who have been diagnosed. Breast cancer specialist Mo Keshtgar takes you through the risk factors and specific dietary associations with breast cancer, including phytoestrogens, fruit and vegetables, fats and dairy products. Advice on foods to avoid, foods to eat in moderation and foods to eat more of follows, with simple suggestions as to how to achieve these changes. The enticing collection of over 100 recipes covers breakfasts, soups, salads, fish and shellfish, poultry and meat, vegetarian dishes, treats and drinks. All the dishes have been specifically created to take in all the dietary considerations linked to breast cancer and the possible side effects of treatments. (Publisher)

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The fabulous woman’s guide through cancer. A lifestyle guide to help you through (2015)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

"The fabulous woman’s guide through cancer" is for every woman who has been touched by cancer, but is determined to still feel in control of their life. These fabulous women want to know about the lifestyle effects of having cancer. To know how to explain cancer to a toddler, what to pack for hospital, how to stay social when they don’t feel well enough to go out, how to survive a social event, how to tell their boss and what to do when depression takes hold. The Fabulous Woman's Guide Through Cancer gives real advice from real women who have really had cancer. It includes tips, examples, stories, information and ideas to keep women sane and on-track during this awful time. With everything from post-operation styling tips, ideas to stay social when you don’t think you can leave the house, dealing with doctors, ways to keep you lifted and plenty of kind words and inspirational stories from fabulous women who have had cancer. It is written with compassion and humour, in a style that is easily digestible whether you read it all in one go, or choose to dip in and out. (Publisher)

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Cancer survivorship coping tools - we'll get you through this (2015)

Ayni Books

Hearing the words “You have cancer” can be devastating - some cancer patients even say that the emotional pain and loss of certainty from hearing this are worse than the pains from the cancer, surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, and other treatments. This is the intimate journey of a melanoma and breast cancer survivor who honestly, and sometimes even humorously, shares her own story and offers supportive emotional tools to help people diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones and caregivers, work through the emotional pain and upheaval of a cancer diagnosis. You will be supported in knowing what it feels like to hear you have cancer and be given a variety of helpful ideas to start feeling better whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, or months or years after treatment. If you are a caregiver, friend, or family member who wants to help, you will get a better understanding of the cancer experience as well as tools to help the person you care about. (Publisher)

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A guide to understanding malignant melanoma (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Describes malignant melanoma and its prevention. Photographs are used to illustrate the early warning signs. Treatment options are briefly described.

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Food safety guidelines for people at risk of neutropenia (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Tips for people at risk of neutropaenia about basic food hygiene, storing and preparing food and drink, and foods to avoid.

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Too tired to cook (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Ideas for people who are too tired to cook when they are having treatment for cancer.

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Poor appetite (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with a poor appetite during and after treatment for cancer.

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Indigestion and heartburn (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with indigestion and heartburn during and after treatment for cancer.

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Diarrhoea (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with diarrhoea during and after treatment for cancer.

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Taste changes (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with taste changes during and after treatment for cancer.

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Nourishing snacks and drinks (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Ideas for nourishing snacks and drinks for people with a poor appetite, or who are losing weight, during and after treatment for cancer.

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Dry or sore mouth (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with a dry or sore mouth during and after treatment for cancer.

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Constipation (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on dealing with constipation during and after treatment for cancer.

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An informative leaflet on squamous cell carcinoma (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Describes squamous cell carcinoma and prevention. Photographs are used to illustrate the early warning signs. Treatment options are briefly mentioned.

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An informative leaflet on basal cell carcinoma (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

This leaflet briefly describes basal cell carcinoma, its treatment and prevention. Photographs are used to illustrate the early warning signs.

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How to check your lymph nodes (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

This leaflet has been written for people who wish to check their lymph nodes between clinic appointments. It describes the lymphatic system and uses illustrations to explain how to check lymph nodes in the head and neck, in the armpit, and in the groin.

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Nausea and vomiting (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with nausea and vomiting during and after treatment for cancer.

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Build yourself up (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Practical tips to help people with cancer increase their energy levels and put on weight. Tips include when to eat, foods to avoid, and foods to eat that will increase calorie and protein intake. Includes a list of foods to keep in stock and a suggested meal plan.

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Treatment options for relapsed or refractory high risk neuroblastoma. A guide for parents (November 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group|Neuroblastoma UK

This information leaflet describes the treatment opportunities available in the UK for treating children with relapsed or refractory (disease that isn’t responding to treatment) neuroblastoma. 

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Cancer determination and me (2015)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

The author was once an all round sportsman keeping fit and healthy until one day he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This book is about what he had and what he has been through and how he came out fighting and mainly how motivated he was. How he used to just try to get up and do things in this book are all his feelings of what he has been through. It is strange because his life and his perspective on life have changed dramatically since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He has missed a lot of school and study time because of the intense and lengthy treatment he received. He had to Re-learn basic skills, especially basic physical skills that most people take for granted, such as writing, walking and other every day activities. He believes that this experience has made him a more determined and motivated person. He had to work very hard to get his life back but he never complained or gives in. The words that got him through everything where 'No pain no gain' and he will look forward to using his inner strength as he go forward in life. He wants to pass this book around the world for people to understand that no matter how hard life is or how hard you fight to beat an illness. If you want something that bad YOU CAN DO IT... (Publisher)

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Bald is better with earrings. A survivor’s guide to getting through breast cancer (2015)

HarperCollins

When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She voraciously read books, articles, and websites and talked to everyone she knew. But nothing prepared her for what the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation would feel like. Were there tricks that could ease her pain and discomfort? What was “fatigue” and how would it affect her? At what exact moment would her hair fall out and how? Hutton wanted what she could not find: a clear how-to guide for the cancer girl she had become. Bald Is Better with Earrings is Hutton’s answer for women diagnosed with breast cancer: a straightforward handbook, leavened with humor and inspiration, to shepherd them though the experience. Warm and down-to-earth, Hutton explains what to expect and walks you through this intense and emotional process: tests, surgery, chemo, losing your hair and shaving your head, being bald, radiation treatments. Hutton offers a wealth of invaluable advice—from tricks for surviving chemo, to treating your skin during radiation, to keeping track of meds—and includes a practical list of tips for each stage of the process at the end of every chapter. Compassionate, friendly, and shaped by Hutton’s first-hand knowledge, Bald Is Better with Earrings is the comprehensive, essential companion for anyone dealing with breast cancer. (Publisher) 

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Facing the death of your child. Suggestions and help for families, before and afterwards (April 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet is for parents of children who can no longer be cured. It provides suggestions and help for families on all aspects of bereavement.

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Going into hospital? A guide for patients, carers and families (2015)

Eastdown Publishing

Hospitals are a constant presence in the lives of many people. Almost everyone will visit or go into hospital at some point in their life. This can be a confusing experience: the environment is strange, the daily routine is unfamiliar and it is hard to understand the medical language. Going into hospital is, in many ways, like visiting a foreign country. This book is your guide to the foreign land of the hospital. It provides clear, practical information about how hospitals work, who the staff are and the investigations and treatments you may receive. The book helps you understand hospital-speak by translating it into straightforward English. The book has been written by a consultant surgeon, a pharmacist and a psychologist who have all worked in hospitals for many years. If you are better informed and can understand concepts like choice, risk and benefit, you can work more effectively with your healthcare team to make the right decisions, and you will be better equipped to help yourself and your family. You will find this book an invaluable guide to a journey through the hospital. (Publisher)

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MEN 2b. Patient information. Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2b (also known as MEN3) (July 2015)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet has been written for people with MEN by people with MEN. It explains what MEN 2b is, how it is diagnosed, and the two types of tumours associated with it, namely medullary thyroid cancer and tumours in the adrenal glands (phaeochromocytomas). Each section includes information about the tests that may be carried out and the treatment options.

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MEN 2a. Patient information. Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2a (May 2015)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet has been written for people with MEN by people with MEN. It explains what MEN 2a is, how it is diagnosed, and the three types of tumours associated with it, namely medullary thyroid cancer, parathyroid tumours, and tumours in the adrenal glands (phaeochromocytomas). Each section includes information about the tests that may be carried out and the treatment options.

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Bowel scope screening [Urdu] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Thirty things about cancer. A guide to getting through (2015)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

1 in 2 people in the UK will have cancer at some time of their lives. If you are one of them, this book is for you. It is packed with straightforward tips and clear guidance about dealing with every aspect of cancer and its treatment, focussed into 30 main topics. It also includes an extensive list of recommended books to read, websites to explore and facts and figures. (Publisher)

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Bowel scope screening [Hindi] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Farsi] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Polish] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Nepali] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [French] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Arabic] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Punjabi] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bowel scope screening [Bengali] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Cook for your life: delicious, nourishing recipes for before, during, and after cancer treatment (2015)

Avery Publishing Group

A beautiful, unique cookbook with delicious recipes for all stages of cancer treatment and recovery, from a two-time cancer survivor and founder of the Cook for Your Life nutrition-based cooking programs. Two-time cancer survivor Ann Ogden Gaffney discovered during her months of treatment for breast cancer that she was able to find powerful relief for her symptoms through cooking. Realizing that other patients and families could benefit from the skills and techniques she'd learned, she began to offer advice, recipes, and free classes to patients. A former fashion consultant, Gaffney realized after her treatment that her heart was no longer in seasonal colors and hemline trends. Instead, she wanted to help people with cancer and their families cook and care for themselves. In 2007,the non-profit organization Cook for Your Life was born. Its programs have received funding from NIH and have been embraced by organizations such as Columbia University's School of Public Health, Mount Sinai, Atlantic Health, the American Cancer Society, and more, and has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Now Gaffney delivers her highly anticipated cookbook, based on her classes. So many cancer cookbooks are too complicated to follow, or too clinical and uninspired. This is the first cookbook to organize the recipes into categories according to the way patients feel for example, Simple recipes when the patient is fatigued, Safe recipes when a patient's immune system is compromised, and Spicy recipes when a patient is feeling better and needs to wake up her taste buds. With its warmth, authority, beautiful design, and smartly conceived format, Cook for Your Life empowers patients and families to cook their way back to health. (Publishers)

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Bowel scope screening [Gujarati] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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A guide to examining your testicles (2015)

Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet aimed at men with learning difficulties. It explains how and when to examine the testicles and what to do if a change is noticed. Includes tips on general health.

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My cancer journey. A rendezvous with myself (2015)

Balboa Press

My book is a candid narration of my encounter with breast cancer. It is the story of an ordinary woman who was put in extraordinary circumstances, and who undertook her cancer journey with the utmost courage. This memoir is not just about describing a difficult medical condition. It is about going through the experience, and emerging from it wiser and stronger. It is about using cancer as a life changing experience, despite all the trauma and the loss – and the change needn’t be for the worse. It is about understanding the choice that a human being has – the choice to accept what cannot be changed, and to use one of the toughest fights of life to evolve into a better person, irrespective of the prognosis. Pick up a copy to embark on a rendezvous with your inner self! (Author)

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MSCC alert card (August 2015)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A fold-out patient alert card that explains the symptoms of malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC). It explains when patients should see a doctor immediately. The card is business-card size so it can easily fit inside a wallet or purse. 

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The cancer survivors club (2015)

Oneworld Publications

The Cancer Survivors Club is a collection of truly inspirational, uplifting and assuring survival stories. These poignant personal accounts from normal people, demonstrate an extraordinary determination to survive against the odds. It proves with survival rates doubling, anything is possible. Unfortunately cancer affects everyone; worldwide there are around 12.7 million new cases diagnosed each year. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Survivors Club has an excellent mix of stories, from the most common cancer, to the rarest. Some of the cancer types mentioned are; brain, bowel, breast, pancreatic, spinal, testicular, leukaemia, nasal and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Included in the book are a number of Chris Geiger's cheerful newspaper columns, including his humorous account of a prostate examination, getting sunburnt on a crowded beach and his Guinness World Record article. The Cancer Survivors Club will provide anyone touched by cancer with hope, strength and encouragement. Each story is written from the survivors or families own perspective, offering a very warm, friendly style of writing. This relaxed and sometimes humorous approach makes The Cancer Survivors Club an informative, positive and inspirational book that the reader will be able to relate to and gain strength from. Many cancer patients and those around them find the gruelling treatments very hard to cope with, they often feel very alone and isolated. This book allows anyone affected by the disease to focus their attention on surviving, ultimately making it their goal to share their story in future editions. Most patients have times when they feel they are the only person going through cancer treatment and have nobody to talk with. It is also a very difficult time for people close to the patient who have no previous experience in dealing with this disease. The Cancer Survivors Club is a must-read for the millions of cancer patients worldwide and a book of great support for their family and friends. (Publisher)

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Bowel scope screening [Chinese, Traditional] (December 2015)

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Bereavement. Sources of help and support (April 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Sources of support for families who have lost a child from cancer. Includes details of organisations, bereavement centres, books for parents, and books for children.

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Dealing with diagnosis (April 2015)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This leaflet is for people recently diagnosed with a multiple enodcrine neoplasia. It covers what MEN is, the feelings that people may experience, becoming an active member of your own care team and other sources of help and support.

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