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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.

Results: 1676

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Breast cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options.

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Your smear test results (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Your smear test results [Polish] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Healthy eating and cancer (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people want to make positive changes to their lives when they have been diagnosed with cancer. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes. This booklet is for people living with cancer or after cancer treatment who want to know more about a healthy diet. It explains why diet is important and has tips on how to eat well and keep to a healthy weight. It also answers some common questions about diet and cancer.

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Breast cancer [Portuguese] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Somali] (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

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

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Your smear test results [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

Easy read information for women about what happens after their cervical screening test, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Gujarati] (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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What is bowel cancer? What it is, who’s at risk and what to look out for (September 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

A simple A5 sized leaflet outlining what bowel cancer is, who's at risk and what symptoms to look out for.  

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Your smear test after treatment [Polish] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

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

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What is a urostomy? (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

Leaflet explaining what a urostomy is and why it is necessary. Includes information on the different pouches available.

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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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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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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 cancer and your sex life (July 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who want to know how prostate cancer and its treatment can affect their sex life.

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The Age-X trial. Trial of extending the age range for breast screening to include some women aged under 50 or over 70 (January 2017)

NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This factsheet describes a research study (Nationwide cluster-randomised trial of extending the NHS breast screening age range in England) looking at the potential risks and benefits of extending breast screening to women who are younger than 50 or older than 70.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Urdu] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Hindi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Welsh] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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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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Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer. Information for families and carers (June 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This booklet is for family and friends who are looking after someone with pancreatic cancer. 

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The owl at the window. A memoir of loss and hope [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

Award-winning TV comedy writer Carl Gorham's account of his bereavement is by turns deeply moving and darkly humorous. Part love story, part widower's diary, part tales of single parenting, it tells of his wife's cancer, her premature death and his attempts to rebuild his life afterwards with his six -year old daughter. Realised in a series of vivid snapshots, it takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from Oxford to Australia, from Norfolk to Hong Kong through fear, despair, pain and anger to hope, laughter and renewal. The Owl at the Window is a fresh and original exploration of what it means to lose a partner in your forties, and how Carl learned to live again. (Publisher)

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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

NHS Health Scotland

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

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Russian] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Bengali] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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

Pitch Publishing Ltd

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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Side effects of cancer treatment [Punjabi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Gujarati] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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

Fi Munro

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

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Inflammatory breast cancer (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet describes inflammatory breast cancer, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, treatment options and coping with the condition.

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Your urgent referral explained (March 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet helps patients who have been urgently referred with suspected cancer to prepare for their appointments and tests. 

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The essential guide to skin cancer [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Need2Know

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

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

Trapeze

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

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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer [Urdu] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It describes what cervical cancer is, HPV and how it is spread, and how and when the vaccine is given. It also covers consent, and possible side effects.

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Understanding lung cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has detailed information on the causes of lung cancer, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Includes information on clinical trials and issues such as feelings, talking to children, and financial support. 

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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer [Arabic] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It describes what cervical cancer is, HPV and how it is spread, and how and when the vaccine is given. It also covers consent, and possible side effects.

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Eating well. Living with bowel cancer (June 2017)

Beating Bowel Cancer

Food and diet can cause problems following treatment for bowel cancer. This booklet describes the side-effects of treatment (sore mouth, dry mouth, wind, nausea and vomiting) and suggests ways to help deal with them. It also has practical advice about maintaining a healthy diet, living with a colostomy, work and social life, travel and eating out.

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Surgery [Welsh] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Hindi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Chinese, Traditional] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Know your prostate. A guide to common prostate problems (April 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about the prostate gland. It describes what the prostate gland is, the changes to look out for, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer (what it is, the symptoms, the risk factors and what will happen at the doctors). A summary of this information is also available as a Z-card 'Know your prostate. A quick guide.'

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Taking care in the sun and hot weather (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information on taking care in the sun.

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Bowel cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Phyllodes tumours: malignant and borderline malignant (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

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

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