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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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Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Urdu]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Urdu] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Tommy v cancer. One man’s battle against the Big C. (Again). (2019)

Independently published

In March 2016, cancer attacked me for the first time. I was diagnosed with inoperable, stage four throat cancer and underwent intensive courses of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy which left me extremely weak and vulnerable to infection. As a result, I contracted double pneumonia and sepsis and was rushed into intensive care where my family was told that, unless I began responding to treatment, I had approximately two hours left to live. Thankfully, I pulled through and set off upon the long road to recovery. It was the hardest thing I've ever faced but - eventually, in the summer of 2017 - I was declared cancer free.For a few months, at least. In January 2018, a routine scan found the cancer had returned - and had now spread to my lungs. Bugger. "Tommy v cancer: Round Two" continues the story of my fight to survive the 'Big C', salvage what remained of my career, and support my terrified family through yet another battle of life and death. (Publisher)

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Pertuzumab with Perjeta (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what pertuzumab is, when it’s given and its possible side effects. Pertuzumab is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. Its current brand name is Perjeta®.

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FEC-T chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what the chemotherapy combination FEC-T is, when it may be prescribed, how it is given and what side effects may occur. FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs: 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU); epirubicin; cyclophosphamide; docetaxol (also known as Taxotere).

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Know your breasts. A guide to breast awareness and screening (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet aims to help women understand more about their breasts, how they develop and age, and the normal changes that can occur before a period, during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, and before, during and after the menopause. It uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and advises what to do if a change is noticed. It also describes routine breast screening, what happens at the clinic, and the limitations of screening.

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Financial support - help with costs [Polish] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.

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Financial support - help with costs [Arabic] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Farsi]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Farsi] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about the different people who can help them and care for them.

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Advice for carers. A practical guide (May 2019)

Age UK

This guide looks at the practical and emotional sides of caring. It has information about areas such as benefits and flexible working hours, as well as how a caring role could affect wellbeing and social life. 

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Reducing the risk of lymphoedema (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what lymphoedema is and who is at risk. It describes how to reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, and what to do if problems occur (swelling and skin damage).

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Financial support - help with costs [Russian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

Cover image of 'Financial support - help with costs [Punjabi]'

Financial support - help with costs [Punjabi] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.

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Financial support - help with costs [Bengali] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Somali]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Somali] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [French]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [French] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Arabic]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Polish]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Your body, intimacy and sex (November 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

Breast cancer and its treatments can cause many physical and emotional changes. This booklet outlines how these changes can alter the way you feel about your body, and how they may affect sex and intimacy. The booklet covers many topics including getting used to changes to your body, how breast cancer and its treatments may affect your sex life or intimate relationships, and offers tips on sex and intimacy after treatment. 

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin) (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what trastuzumab is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and the side effects you may experience. 

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Your hospital stay. What to expect when going into hospital, while you’re there and when you’re discharged (June 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to put older people at ease if they are going to be admitted to hospital. It will help them: prepare for going into hospital; understand their rights in hospital; understand the discharge process; and be more informed about care afterwards. It may also be useful for relatives and friends, as it can be a difficult time for them too. 

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Financial support - help with costs [Romanian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

Cover image of 'Financial support - help with costs [Gujarati]'

Financial support - help with costs [Gujarati] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Turkish]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Turkish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Make time for breast screening (2019)

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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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Romanian] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Tigrinya]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Tigrinya] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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The two faces of cancer (2019)

Troubador Publishing

Half of the UK population will receive a diagnosis of cancer at some point in their lives and most people will know someone who has been affected by this complex disease. Drawing from her three personal experiences with cancer alongside her professional experience as a counsellor and personal coach, Rebecca Brazier chronicles her journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. When talking about cancer we tend to think about the physical side effects of treatment. Although medical advances are saving and extending lives, less consideration is given to the emotional and psychological trauma which cancer creates. The Two Faces of Cancer describes and addresses this trauma and explores why cancer is difficult to recover from both personally and within society. It describes the devastation and powerful feelings cancer created for Rebecca and how she channelled these to create a meaningful life. It also draws from Rebecca's professional knowledge to analyse the emotional and psychological impact of cancer and to suggest routes to recovery. (Publisher)

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Managing breathlessness. A guide to breathing techniques, medication and other things that can help (October 2019)

Marie Curie

If you have breathlessness, this booklet may be helpful for you. It’s aimed at people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and may be helpful at any stage of your illness. It describes things you can do yourself to manage breathlessness, and who can help you.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Welsh] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts. Includes the English-language version.

Cover image of 'A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Slovak]'

A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Slovak] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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The man manual. Men's health made easy (February 2019)

Haynes Publishing for Men's Health Forum

One careful owner? With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. The new fully-revised 2019 edition of this easy-to-read handbook will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. There are also brand new interviews with men who've been on the journey and have a tale to tell. (Publisher)

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for men [in press] (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatments can affect your fertility. It is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment. It has information about preserving fertility, testing fertility, fertility treatments to start a pregnancy and other options for having a child. This information is for you whether you are in a relationship or not and whatever your sexual orientation. 

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Your family and friends [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about talking to family and friends.

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Fertility. Support for young people affected by cancer [in press] (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your fertility. It is for teenagers and young people who need information about this before, during or after cancer treatment, whether you are in a relationship or not and whatever your sexual orientation. It explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your fertility and has information about preserving your fertility, having fertility tests, fertility treatments and other options for having a child. It also tells you how to get more support. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Illustrated mini leaflet showing women how to check their breasts.

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time [Welsh] (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Cancer and complementary therapies [in press] (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the complementary therapies most often used for people with cancer and gives an idea of what is involved in each therapy. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for women [in press] (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who needs information about how cancer and its treatments can affect fertility. It explains how cancer treatments can affect fertility, how fertility can be preserved before cancer treatment, how fertility can be tested after treatment, options for fertility treatment to start a pregnancy, and other options for having a child. This booklet is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Sex and relationships. Support for young people affected by cancer [in press] (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer, sex and relationships. It is for teenagers and young people who are having or have had cancer treatment. It may also help carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your relationships and sex life. It also gives information about coping with any changes and how to get more support.

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Ascites and ascitic drainage. Build-up of fluid in the abdomen (tummy) and how it can be treated (September 2019)

Marie Curie

This leaflet aims to help you understand ascites (build-up of fluid in the abdomen), what causes it and how it can be treated. It explains how the fluid can be removed in a procedure called ascitic drainage, or paracentesis. 

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales [Welsh] (November 2019)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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