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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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The bright hour. A memoir of living and dying [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

The Text Publishing Company (UK) Ltd

In January 2015 Nina was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it metastasised later that year. She was thirty-eight years old; her mother had died only a few months earlier from multiple myeloma. Nina Riggs grew up in a contemplative family: her great-great-great-grandfather was Ralph Waldo Emerson, and she was raised to turn to his essays for 'guidance, inspiration, and something to push against'. THE BRIGHT HOUR is Nina's intimate, unflinching account of 'living with death in the room'. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious vignettes drawn from a life that has 'no real future or arc left to it, yet still goes on as if it does'. This unforgettable memoir leads the reader into the innermost chambers of the writer's life: into the mind and heart, the work and home and family, of a young woman alternately seeking to make peace with and raging against the reality of her approaching death. (Publisher)

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Making peace with the end of life. A clear and comforting guide to help you live well to the last [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Creative Pumpkin Publishing

From GP and hospice doctor Patrick Fitzgerald and bestselling author Sarah Rayner (Making Friends with Anxiety, One Moment, One Morning) comes a warm and wise companion to help support you and those caring for you in the last months, weeks and days of life. From the shock of diagnosis, through treatment options and symptom control to the process of dying itself, Making Peace with the End of Life tackles these sensitive issues with compassion and honesty. Full of practical advice and important contact information, it will also help to demystify how the NHS and Social Services work, so you can access the best support more easily. And, drawing on Patrick’s extensive clinical experience, it also looks at how communicating your wishes to those involved in your care can give a feeling of safety and control over whatever happens in the future. There are tips on self-nurturing using diet, light exercise and alternative therapies, plus guidance on how to care for your own mental health – including advice for carers. And for those who are anxious about what lies ahead, patient stories and quotes from those who’ve been there help to explain what to expect, thereby easing worry and panic so you feel less alone. Offset by Sarah’s joyful illustrations, the result is a clear and compassionate guide that aims to make these complex and distressing issues less confusing and overwhelming, so each individual can live the life they have left with a greater sense of comfort and peace. (Publisher)

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Hair everywhere (2017)

Istros Books

Hair Everywhere is the story of one family and how they manage to cope when the mother is diagnosed with cancer. It is a delicate tale that balances itself between the generations, revealing their strengths and weaknesses in times of trouble. It is also a story about how roles within a family can change when things become challenging, due to sickness or death, allowing some to grow and others to fade. Ultimately, this is a book about life; full of humour and absurdity as well as sadness, and set against an everyday background where the ordinary takes on new significance and colour. Tea Tulic’s debut novel is a brave glance at the human condition. (Publisher)

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Polish] (November 2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Worried about the symptoms of ovarian cancer? [Chinese, Cantonese] (June 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This leaflet describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer and what to do if you are worried.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know (November 2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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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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Understanding breast screening (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help women understand why breast screening is carried out, the methods used, and what happens if an abnormality is detected. The advantages of screening as well as the difficulties are described. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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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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Family history, genes and breast cancer (March 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what a family history of breast cancer is, and what this may mean for you or your family.

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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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Worried about the symptoms of ovarian cancer? (July 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This leaflet describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer and what to do if you are worried.

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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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The facts about bowel cancer [Northern Ireland] (August 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for Northern Ireland.   

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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 [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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The facts about bowel cancer [Scotland] (August 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for Scotland.   

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The facts about bowel cancer [England] (August 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for England.   

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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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Financial support - benefits [Bengali] (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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Guide to cancer resources in other languages (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A list of cancer resources that have been translated into other languages.

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You can be smoke free (April 2017)

Cancer Research UK

Information on smoking, including what it does to the body, what cigarettes contain, and giving up for good.

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The facts about bowel cancer [Wales] (August 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for Wales.   

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Connecting with cancer. Living with and beyond cancer (2017)

Melrose Books

Surgeon: You’ve got cancer, but we can keep you going for a few months, or maybe a few years. Me: Okay, which is it, months or years? Surgeon: Silence. Me: Will it kill me? Surgeon: Yes, it probably will. That was when my head went into overdrive and I lost the plot. Hearing that you have cancer is a life-changing moment. Connecting with Cancer tells the stories of different people affected by different cancers: how their lives were changed, how they found an inner strength, how they found hope and a life after cancer. Each story is personal and sometimes very intimate; in the pages of this book, you will learn what cancer feels like. (Publisher)

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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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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Nepali] (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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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Bengali] (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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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Russian] (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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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Punjabi] (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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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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Signs and symptoms of cancer [Czech] (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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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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Invasive lobular breast cancer (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of invasive lobular breast cancer. It describes what it is, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the treatment options and coping with the diagnosis.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Simplified] (November 2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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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. 

Cover image of 'The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Traditional]'

The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Traditional] (November 2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Thyroid cancer. For patients, by patients (2017)

British Thyroid Foundation

This booklet provides information about the different types of thyroid cancer, and the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It includes quotes from people who have had thyroid cancer, answers to frequently asked questions, a glossary, and a checklist for use during treatment.

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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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Welcome to the Pink Ladies Club. Fighting breast cancer and finding friends [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

Independently published

Karen Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine screening. In this frank and heartfelt memoir, she shares her story and tips for surviving breast cancer, chemotherapy and reconstruction surgery. (Publisher)

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Understanding oesophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet) (November 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help understanding of cancer of the oesophagus. It includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, the stages, and treatment options (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy). It also explores emotions, talking to children, self-help, and sources of support. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources .

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Ten top tips for a healthy weight (July 2017)

Cancer Research UK

Tips, based on scientific evidence, to help people control their weight by taking in fewer calories and using more energy. 

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The cancer-fighting kitchen. Nourishing, big-flavor recipes for cancer treatment and recovery (2017)

Ten Speed Press

This new and revised edition of the IACP award-winning cookbook brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal, through 150 new and updated recipes. Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, taste bud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Blending fantastic taste and meticulous science, these recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, proteins, and sweet and savory snacks are rich in the nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals that help patients thrive during treatment. This second edition also includes a dozen new recipes--many of which are simpler and less complicated, for cancer patients to prepare on their low days--as well as a list of cancer-fighting foods that can be incorporated into everyday life without stepping behind the stove. Rebecca has also revised the text with the most up-to-date scientific research and includes a section on how friends and family can build a culinary support team. (Publisher) 

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Secondary breast cancer in the brain (June 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the brain that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the brain is, what the symptoms are, and the investigations. Briefly outlines the treatment options. Lists useful organisations.

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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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Back here again. A guide for women with recurrent ovarian cancer (January 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide is for women with recurrent ovarian cancer or whose cancer did not respond to first treatment. It focuses on practical and emotional needs. 

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Make time for breast screening [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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