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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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Thinks itself a hawk. Poems from the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London (2016)

French W

Wendy French’s meticulously observed and profoundly moving new collection grew out of a residency with the University College Hospital MacMillan Cancer Centre in London. Working with patients, sharing in their hopes and fears, tracking the everyday endeavours of a vital medical hub, Wendy French found herself drawn into lives in which blood tests, diagnosis, chemotherapy and hope become as much part of the human experience as cappuccino and Vivaldi on the radio. One life, that of Zipora, a Jewish woman whose origins lay in the darkest days of the twentieth century, is chosen for particular attention for its power to place everyday experience in large frames, but also for the brightness with which it reminds us that everyday life is unique and important. Wendy French brings all her gifts of compassion, precision, and feeling yet understated language, to the high task of accompanying the journey we call cancer. (Publisher)

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The buoy projects. A story of breast cancer, bucket-lists, life lessons, Facebook and love (2016)

Wanda Stairs Howard was many things to many people, but first and foremost, she was a mother, grandmother, and wife. Her daughter Lorna’s book is an account of how Wanda took what was left of her life and squeezed it until the pips squeaked, how she and her tireless Team Wanda celebrated her life whilst she was still living it, and how eventually they set her free for the ultimate journey. This book was written because so many people responded so strongly to her story as it played out through the medium of Facebook, and many of those people asked Lorna to put her mother’s story into print so that she could inspire others who weren’t lucky enough to know her personally. By the end of the book, I hope that readers will feel like they knew Wanda and that many will take comfort and inspiration from her life and death. (Publisher)

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The shock factor. Sarah's story – beating breast cancer one day at a time (2016)

Pickles SE

The door handle started to turn and I knew this was the moment that could change my life forever. Mr Mahadev appeared with another staff member. He introduced himself and then introduced Sally, a breast care nurse, and sat down beside me. He started to go through my notes: family history, the results of the mammogram and the biopsy. Then he delivered the devastating news... I’m really sorry but the mammogram has shown two tumours in the left breast. Sarah Pickles was a normal 32-year-old married woman with a young daughter. On 22nd September 2014 her life changed as she was given the devastating news that she had a triple-negative breast cancer. Read about how Sarah dealt with her diagnosis and how she survived cancer as she shares all the high, lows, tears, and laughter of her journey. This honest and raw account of Sarah’s cancer journey also includes lots of information and top tips on diet, exercise, health, and beauty. (Publisher)

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Having a smear test. What is it about? [Easy read] (June 2016)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

An easy read guide for women thinking about having a smear test.

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It's all just rock and roll...: a terrifically truthful tale of one girl's bust up with breast cancer (2016)

Jagger A

A truly inspirational story about love, life, happiness and hair. A true story about a girl's victorious battle with breast cancer. She had a choice to make - to crumble or to fight. Her daughter was four, her job was full on and she was spinning a million plates. She was the queen of dodging reality through all the twists and turns of life. This was different - she had to find a way to face her worst fears and to get herself out of the pickle of all pickles. Little did she know that the very same disease that had claimed her parents when she was far too young was to be her most unlikely saviour. She tells the story in real time with humour, a blunt Yorkshire honesty and breath taking courage. What really happens when you're trying to keep your head (and your hair) when the rest of the world is going mad. And what really happens when you finally find your very own sunshine. (Publisher)

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Your rights at work when you are affected by cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people affected by cancer, including carers, who would like to know more about their rights at work. 

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The holistic guide for cancer survivors (2016)

Greener M

While cancer causes more than one in four deaths in the UK, many cancers are increasingly chronic diseases, and holistic management is common. Up to a half of all cancer patients admit to visiting CAM providers; more use complementary therapies. Holistic health isn't a quick fix, but many CAMs are now established, respected and effective parts of the treatment journey in cancer, and indeed many cancer drugs come from plants. This book is a balanced, informative look at how holistic methods may help in the cancer journey. Topics include: Understanding cancer; Why does cancer arise; Common symptoms; How holistic methods may help; Diet; CAM treatments such as acupressure, acupuncture and moxibustion, art therapy, aromatherapy; An anti-cancer lifestyle; Spirituality and healing; How to ensure treatment is safe - never trust anyone who claims to cure cancer. (Publisher)

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Talking with someone who has cancer (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet covers issues such as the importance of talking and listening, how to be a good listener and how to help a person with cancer. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Physical activity and cancer treatment (June 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for people who are living with, or after, cancer and who want to know more about the benefits of exercise and being physically active. It explains how increasing physical activity can help people feel better and has practical advice for people who want to take up or increase their physical activity.

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The street-wise patient’s guide to surviving cancer (2016)

Sikora K

This book tells you how you can do everything possible to survive cancer. The author is one of the world's leading experts on cancer care. This is an insider's guide to taking control of your own life, and care. YOU can survive cancer - although many patients do not know this. It: offers short, sharp practical guidance; shows patients how to can take control of their care; is essential to patients, and their family; shows you how to get the system to work for you; it gives 100 advisory websites, with expert notes; is absolutely up-to-date. (Publisher)

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer. A guide for parents and family about talking to children of any age (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is designed to help people talk to children and teenagers about cancer. It has suggestions about how to tell a child or teenager that you have cancer, understand their reactions, help them cope, explain cancer treatments, and deal with changes to family life.

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Are you worried about cancer? (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains what is known about the main causes of cancer and describes how to make the lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of cancer.

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Chemotherapy (May 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer, the advantages and disadvantages, what it involves, the possible side effects and what happens after treatment finishes.

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I’m just a person. My year of death, cancer and epiphany (2016)

Notaro T

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: 'Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.' The set instantly went viral, and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy. Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year - a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it. (Publisher)

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What to do when someone dies. A practical guide (November 2016)

Bereavement Advice Centre

Guidance on what to do when someone dies.

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Smiles from the clinic. A humorous look at cancer (2016)

Samant R, Geller L

You may be wondering why a doctor would attempt to write a (supposedly) humorous book about cancer. Well, I have found that too many people, even other physicians, think that working with cancer patients is very serious business and must be pretty depressing work. However, my experience has been quite the opposite. The cancer patients with whom I have had the privilege to work with demonstrate humour, smiles and positivity every day. It helps them face their disease, cope with treatment and get on with their lives in a positive and meaningful way. They are definitely among the most grateful people I have ever met, and working with them has made me a happier and better person. Much of the practice of medicine is about relationships and, as we all know, relationships, at least good relationships, are often filled with humour. Within oncology (the specialty of cancer treatment), just like any other field of medicine, special relationships develop between patients and their physicians, and humour is often involved. That is definitely what I have observed in my clinical practice. This book is dedicated to cancer patients, as well as their families and friends. All the stories are based on my personal experiences and observations over 25 years of medical practice. Believe me, I am not a comedian or humourist - just ask my kids. I would never be able to make up such funny stories myself. (Publisher)

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Work and cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people with cancer cope with issues that they may face at work both during treatment and afterwards.

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How is primary breast cancer treated? (November 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This large print A4 format booklet is about primary breast cancer treatments. It gives a series of questions and answers in a simple format. It complements Breast Cancer Care's more detailed booklet Treating primary breast cancer.

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Cancer and your sex life - information for men (December 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your sexuality, sex life and relationships.The information covers how side effects may affect your sex life, and the support and treatment that is available. 

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Cancer and your sex life - information for women (December 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet discusses how cancer and its treatment may affect sexuality, sex life and relationships. It discusses some of the effects and how you can deal with them, as well as where you can get further help if you need it.

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Bowel cancer and IBD (February 2016)

Crohn's and Colitis UK

A guide for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

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Jamie’s journey. Cancer from the voice of a sibling (2016)

Wozny S, Bailey M (Illustrator)

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, his or her siblings may struggle with complex emotions such as confusion, guilt, and fear. Part story, part journal, Jamie's Journey: Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling helps siblings of pediatric cancer patients cope with those intense feelings. The first half of the book is about 13-year-old Jamie who describes the roller coaster of emotions she experiences when her 10-year-old sister, Jordan, is diagnosed with cancer. Jamie laments the loss of her 'normal' teenage life and describes feeling forgotten as her family focuses on Jordan's medical needs. Jamie finds solace through journaling about her experience, and encourages the reader to write about his or her own journey on the pages provided in the book. Jamie's Journey is unique in that it's designed especially for the siblings of pediatric cancer patients. Author Sharon Wozny draws from her experience volunteering with Children's Cancer Network for the past three years. During the time she's spent with young cancer patients and their families, Wozny has discovered that the patients' siblings face unique challenges. "They endure so much," she said. "They feel so much pain on so many levels and need to know that they are heroes also." Wozny has made the second half of the book an interactive journal, offering siblings of pediatric cancer patients a safe place to share their own journey. (Publisher)

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Working while caring for someone with cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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The living well with cancer cookbook. An essential guide to nutrition, lifestyle and health (2016)

Warde F, Zabilowicz C

When authors Fran Warde and Catherine Zabilowicz met at the Maggie’s centre at Charing Cross Hospital in London, they quickly discovered they shared a passion for good food and healthy eating. They also realized that with their combined knowledge and experience – Fran as an acclaimed food writer, and Catherine as an experienced nutritional therapist working at Maggie’s – they could provide invaluable guidance for anyone living with cancer, their families and friends. The Living Well With Cancer Cookbook, published in support of the Maggie’s charity, is the result of Fran and Catherine’s collaboration. Aimed at helping readers through each stage of their journey – diagnosis, during and after treatment – this essential guide is packed with advice on nutrition and health and offers a range of delicious recipes. There are healthy twists on classic favourites and tempting new treats to try, with every ingredient considered for its health benefits. Positive and empowering, the book contains a wealth of information on the best food choices to make, and reveals why many scientists today believe that certain foods and a balanced diet are crucial in sustaining strength throughout treatment. Taking a holistic approach, this book also seeks to alleviate anxieties, such as those concerning weight-loss, loss of appetite and the changes in how food tastes. Above all, the simple, comforting recipes will help both experienced cooks and novices to create nutritious, easily adapted meals – from breakfast right through to dinner – each one designed to nourish and sustain. (Publisher)

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Watchful waiting (April 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who would like to know more about watchful waiting.

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Understanding breast cancer in women (May 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, and treatment of breast cancer including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. It also discusses issues such as fertility, hormone replacement therapy, and feelings. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Hormone therapy (June 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they are used and their possible side effects.

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Your feelings after cancer treatment (December 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have had cancer treatment. You may also find it helpful if you are having ongoing treatment to control cancer or prevent it returning. It describes some of the feelings you may have and suggests ways to cope with them. 

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Understanding breast cancer in women / Deall canser y fron mewn menywod [Welsh] (May 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, and treatment of breast cancer including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. It also discusses issues such as fertility, hormone replacement therapy, and feelings. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Active surveillance (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

Factsheet explaining what active monitoring is and when it may be preferable to treatment.

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Understanding cancer of unknown primary (September 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information about cancer of unknown primary (CUP). This booklet explains what CUP is and why the primary cancer cannot be found, and describes how it is diagnosed, the tests that might be carried out, and the treatment options. It also covers coping with CUP, feelings, and financial help.

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Men's health guide (2016)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of prostate, bowel, lung, mouth and throat, oesophageal and testicular cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Understanding invasive and advanced bladder cancer (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It describes the types of bladder cancer, the causes, symptoms and diagnosis, the staging and grading, and the treatment options. It also covers topics such as feelings, talking to children, finding ways to cope, financial help and benefits, and work. Includes details of support groups, books, audiovisual materials, and websites.

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Understanding non-invasive bladder cancer (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes non-invasive bladder cancer (cancer that affects the lining of the bladder and has not spread to the muscle of the bladder). It describes the bladder, the causes and risk factors, the different types of bladder cancer, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, the grading and staging, and the treatment options. It also covers topics such as talking to children, financial help and benefits, and work. Lists useful support organisations and websites.

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for women (June 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for women who want information about the effects of cancer treatment on their fertility (the ability to have children). It explains the possible effects of treatments and ways of preserving or protecting fertility.

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Patient charter. What you should expect from your care (March 2016)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This Patient Charter explains the standard of care all people with pancreatic cancer should have and can be used as a guide as to what to expect.

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Women's health guide (2016)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, dietary supplements, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of breast, bowel, lung, womb, ovarian, and skin cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Managing weight gain after cancer treatment (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people living with or after cancer who want to maintain a healthy weight. It explains how making changes to diet and levels of physical activity can help people lose weight and feel better. It does not cover dietary problems such as weight loss, poor appetite or eating difficulties caused by cancer and its treatments.

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Radiotherapy (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy and information about fertility and contraception.

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Chemotherapy (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information on chemotherapy, what it is, when it is used, how it works, length of treatment, and side-effects.

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Cancer with a small 'c' (2016)

Caush E

This book follows the journey of my life through approximately a ten-year period during which time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It contains highs and lows and hopefully will shine a positive light on this disease that will encourage other women.v Although any cancer diagnosis is devastating not only to a patient but also to their family, a positive outlook, a grateful heart and a belief that life can only get better is vital to recovery. There will be readers who understand the attitude that overtook me at the time; my marriage breakdown will resonate with others - just as our reconciliation will also be close to the hearts of some people.I also draw on some hilarious moments, because it wasn't all bad, my cancer attacked me when I was most in need of a break from life. Disastrous, worrying, life threatening and emotionally draining, the story will touch on some very personal, sad moments but also the victorious end when I refuse to even acknowledge that I had cancer. Yes, it was real, but it deserves no place in my life any more and certainly no capital 'c'.A cathartic book for me and hopefully an encouragement to others who may be going through a similar situation to mine, this book is an honest account of how I drove myself to get well again. Ten years on, my life is so different that I hardly recognise the person in the story. But it was me and it is my story. (Author)

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Coping with advanced cancer (July 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help people who have been told their cancer has spread or come back, and for their relatives and friends. It covers issues such as deciding about treatment, sources of emotional help, coping with day-to-day life, and putting affairs in order. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Yoga (July 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what yoga is and what happens in a yoga session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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External beam radiotherapy (June 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who are thinking about having radiotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It is also for partners and family who would like to know more about this type of treatment. It describes how prostate cancer is treated using a type of radiation directed at the prostate gland from outside the body (external beam radiotherapy).

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Understanding primary bone cancer (September 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about primary bone cancer, including the different types, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explores emotions, and issues such as living with an amputation. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Qigong (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what qigong is and what happens in a yoga session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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Shiatsu (August 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what shiatsu is and what happens in a shiatsu session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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Healing (August 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what healing is and what happens in a healing session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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Managing the late effects of breast cancer treatment (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for women who experience side-effects that continue for six months or longer after treatment, or delayed late effects that begin months or years after treatment. The booklet covers: breast and arm changes (including lymphoedema); early menopause and symptoms; effects on fertility; concentration and memory problems; other physical changes (effects on the heart, lungs, and bones, weight gain); tiredness; peripheral neuropathy; feelings and relationships.

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