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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: 1659

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End of life [Hindi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version. 

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Living with cancer. A step-by-step guide for coping medically and emotionally with a serious diagnosis (2017)

Jackson VA, Ryan DP, Seaton MD

The prospect of entering treatment is overwhelming for anyone facing a diagnosis of cancer. While patients have access to a vast amount of medical information online, this advice is often unreliable or confusing. In Living with Cancer, Drs. Vicki A. Jackson and David P. Ryan have crafted the first step-by-step guide aimed at helping people with this life-defining disease grasp what’s happening to them while coping physically and emotionally with cancer treatment. An empathetic resource full of relatable patient stories, this book teaches patients and caregivers how to ask the right questions to get the best possible care―beginning at the moment of diagnosis. Drs. Jackson and Ryan explain how to work with a team of doctors and nurse practitioners to minimize symptoms and side effects while living as fully as possible in the face of cancer. They relay important information about understanding prognosis, and they translate what doctors mean when they describe tests, treatments, and medical procedures. Finally, they discuss hospice care and answer questions about continuing treatment and managing the final phase of life. Based on new research and a groundbreaking program in which patients are treated with palliative care―along with the best cancer care―during the course of their illness, this honest and caring book provides the right advice to use at the right time throughout a journey with cancer. It allows a person with cancer to concentrate on living the best life possible, despite an uncertain future. Patients at every stage will find Living with Cancer a comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible guide for navigating the illness and its treatment. (Publisher)

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End of life [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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End of life [Polish] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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What you can do to help yourself [Bengali] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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End of life [Russian] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Punjabi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Bengali] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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End of life [Gujarati] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane®) (August 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for anyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer who would like to find out more about nab-paclitaxel chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer. It provides information about how nab-paclitaxel is given and the side effects.

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Tommy v cancer. One man's battle against the big C (2017)

Donvaband T

On Thursday, 10th of March 2016, I returned home from a hospital appointment and broke the news to my wife and children. I had throat cancer. Stage four. Inoperable. Desperately needing some way to make sense of my situation, I set up a blog to chart my battle against the disease. I hoped it would allow me to understand more about this thing inside me, and what I would have to go through in terms of treatment to try to eradicate it. I also thought it might help other people who found themselves in similar circumstances. I made a promise to my readers to be open and honest all the way. I wouldn't hold anything back, no matter how unpleasant. Now, over a year later, I have adapted that blog into this book. It details my journey from when I first realised that something was wrong, through the intense courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, to where I am today. To say that journey was difficult is a vast understatement. The side effects of my treatment utterly kicked my arse, causing me to lose over half my bodyweight and fall seriously ill with double pneumonia and sepsis. Totally unresponsive, I was rushed into intensive care where the doctors told my family that, if they couldn't stabilise me, I had approximately two hours left to live. One option was to put me into a medically induced coma, although the chances were high that I would never emerge from it. Imagine someone telling you that about your loved one as they lie there, unconscious and struggling to breathe. Cancer is an invader that affects more than just the patient. Everyone suffers - spouses, siblings, children, extended family, friends. Even, as I was to discover, strangers from all over the world. I was overwhelmed with the love and kindness of almost everyone who contacted me, but I also suffered terrible abuse at the hands of online trolls. I should warn you that parts of this book do not make for easy reading. I kept my promise to be honest, and wrote many of the blog entries when I was depressed and scared, certain I wouldn't live to see another dawn. I convinced myself that I would quickly perish, leaving my wife and two sons - then aged 9 and 17 - alone, and with no-one to protect them or provide for them. I wouldn't get to see them grow up, develop into young men, and eventually have children of their own. The prospect terrified me. For those of you who followed my blog and read the posts as I uploaded them, you haven't seen everything. This book c

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End of life [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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Fat necrosis (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what fat necrosis is, how it is found, treatment and follow up.

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Breast awareness and screening (May 2017)

Action Cancer

This leaflet describes when and how to check the breasts for changes and what to look for. It briefly explains what a mammogram is. Contains information on local services and describes the work of Action Cancer in Northern Ireland.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains briefly what Taxotere® is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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Financial support - benefits [Urdu] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income. 

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Paclitaxel (Taxol) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains briefly what Taxol® is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and the possible side-effects.

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Financial support - benefits [Welsh] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Financial support - benefits [Polish] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Financial support - benefits [Arabic] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Financial support - benefits [Romanian] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Financial support - benefits [Russian] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income. 

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Financial support - benefits [Punjabi] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income. 

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Financial support - benefits (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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What you can do to help yourself [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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Financial support - benefits [Gujarati] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Your smear test results [Urdu] (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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Financial support - benefits [Portuguese] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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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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TLC. Touch. Look. Check. (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Now

Illustrated leaflet with information about breast changes.

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Chemotherapy. Your questions answered (November 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what chemotherapy is, how it works, how treatment is planned and carried out, and possible side-effects; for example, anaemia, infection, appetite changes, nausea, skin changes, hair loss, and fertility problems. It also briefly discusses issues such as emotional well-being and fatigue. Includes further sources of information and support.

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Central venous access devices. A guide for patients receiving intravenous therapies (January 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet explains what a central venous access device (CVAD) is and describes the advantages and disadvantages of the different types, namely peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs); skin-tunnelled catheters; and implanted ports.

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Help with the cost of cancer in England, Scotland and Wales (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This easy to use booklet contains up-to-date information about benefits and other sources of financial help for people affected by cancer.

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End of life [Chinese, Traditional] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Ben's stem cell transplant. A children’s guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplant (June 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet is for children who need a stem cell transplant. Using the story of Ben it explains what stem cells are, what the treatment involves, what happens in hospital and going home.

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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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What you can do to help yourself (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. 

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Radiotherapy. Your questions answered (June 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what radiotherapy is, how it works, the benefits and risks, how treatment is planned, and what happens during treatment. It also discusses the possible side-effects, how people feel during treatment, and what happens after treatment is finished.

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Your smear test after treatment [Urdu] (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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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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Financial support - benefits [Chinese, Traditional] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits if you are ill, disabled or have a low income.

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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Urdu] (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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Breast screening age extension trial for women who are younger than 50 and older than 70 (January 2017)

NHS Breast Screening Programme

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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Managing your follow-up (January 2017)

Beating Bowel Cancer

This factsheet has been written for people who have anxieties about follow-up and scan results at any stage of their cancer treatment.

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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Arabic] (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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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Polish] (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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Your smear test results [Chinese, Traditional] (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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