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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: 1776

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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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Hug everyone you know: a year of community, courage, and cancer [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2017)

She Writes Press

Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman--that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed. Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her--the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor. (Publisher)

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The essential guide to breast cancer (2017)

Need2Know

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK; there are approximately 45,000 new cases every year. A new diagnosis can be very frightening and many people will have no prior knowledge of the disease. This book is for women and their families who are looking for a comprehensive but plain language guide to breast cancer and its treatments. Many people find that doctors, although highly qualified and well meaning, can forget how little the layperson knows about medical procedures and terminology. Starting with the basics, this guide will look at what breast cancer is and how it’s diagnosed, right through to support options, the treatment available and how to care for your carers. The emotional after-effects of being a survivor are also covered in detail. Written by a survivor of breast cancer and peer reviewed by a breast cancer specialist, this book will provide everything women need to know about breast care, being diagnosed with breast cancer and the road to recovery. (Publisher)

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Eating problems and cancer (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

During and after cancer treatment, many people can experience eating problems. This may be as a result of treatment or the cancer itself. This booklet highlights some common eating problems and why they may happen and suggest some practical ways to manage them.

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Understanding thyroid cancer (follicular and papillary) (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet written to help provide a better understanding of cancer of the thyroid, with sections on causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and follow-up. It explores feelings and includes advice on self-help and support.

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Diabetes and cancer treatment (April 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Diabetes UK

This booklet is about diabetes and cancer treatment. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and who also has diabetes. It may also be useful for anyone with an increased risk of developing diabetes because of cancer treatment. It explains how some cancer treatments can affect diabetes and make it difficult to control blood sugar. It also has some tips to help people cope with side effects of cancer treatment if they have diabetes.

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Life after cancer treatment (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who are preparing for life after treatment. It has information on follow-up care, managing treatment effects and making healthy lifestyle changes.

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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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Understanding skin cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet deals with the two common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (also called rodent ulcer) and squamous cell carcinoma - and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It includes details of useful organisations.

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Surgery [Urdu] (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 the English-language version.

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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 the English-language version.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An overview of some of the more common side-effects that might happen with cancer treatments: bone marrow and blood, fatigue, mouth problems, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation, eating problems, skin, fertility, sex life, hormonal changes. The booklet suggests ways of dealing with them.

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Surgery [Arabic] (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 [Polish] (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 [Russian] (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 the English-language version.

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Surgery [Punjabi] (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 the English language version.

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Surgery [Bengali] (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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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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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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Surgery [Gujarati] (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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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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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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Cryotherapy (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how cryotherapy treats prostate cancer, what it involves, and the possible side effects.

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Surgery [Portuguese] (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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Self-employment and cancer. (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping with cancer while you are self-employed or running a small business. It is for sole traders, freelancers, contractors or those running a micro business (one that employs fewer than 10 people). It includes information and guidance about: how treatment might affect your work; things to consider when making decisions about your business; talking to clients or customers about your situation; getting support with your business or personal finances.

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Surgery (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains why surgery may be used to treat cancer. It describes how the surgery is carried out, what happens before and after an operation, and the possible long-term complications, such as lymphoedema.

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Help for people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use NHS 111 (2017)

NHS England

A short video to help people with a learning difficulty and/or autism to use NHS111.

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Cancer and dementia. A guide for carers (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer and dementia. It is for anyone who looks after a friend or family member who has both cancer and dementia. Living with two conditions can be very difficult for you and the person you care for. This booklet talks about some of the worries you may have and ways to cope. It also gives practical information about getting help and support.

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Cancer and complementary therapies (January 2017)

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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Want to cut your cancer risk? (April 2017)

Cancer Research UK

Information about how lifestyle choices can reduce cancer risk: not smoking; keeping a healthy weight; drinking less alcohol; keeping active; a healthy diet; and safer sex.

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The next stage. Recovery and adjustment (June 2017)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet is for people adjusting to life after diagnosis and treatment of a blood cancer.

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Looking after your balls. Information for men (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information for men on how to check their testicles.

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FOLFIRINOX (May 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

FOLFIRINOX is a possible treatment option for advanced pancreatic cancer. It is a combination of four drugs (leucovorin (folinic acid), fluorouracil, irinotecan and oxaliplatin). This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side effects.

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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet offers advice and guidance to anyone affected by cancer who may feel lonely or isolated. It discusses the feelings and emotions that may arise from a cancer diagnosis and has advice on talking to others, taking control of the situation, self-help, depression, and professional help. It has details of resources and organisations that can help.

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Oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®) (May 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

A factsheet for anyone who would like to find out more about oxaliplatin chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer. It has information about how oxaliplatin is given and the side effects.

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Gemcitabine (Gemzar®) (May 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Gemcitabine may be used for advanced pancreatic cancer. Thus factsheet describes how it is given and the side effects.

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Cancer and pregnancy (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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What do you know about your prostate? Information for African and African Caribbean men (June 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men are. This illustrated leaflet describes the prostate, the symptoms of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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End of life (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Looking after your breasts. Information for women (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information for women on how to check their breasts.

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Heart health and cancer treatment (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support and British Heart Foundation

Some people affected by cancer have problems with their heart health. This is because some cancer treatments can affect the heart. Problems can also arise if you already have a heart condition when you’re diagnosed with cancer. This booklet is for you if: you’ve been told that your cancer treatment may affect your heart; you have a heart condition and need cancer treatment; you’d like to find out how you can improve the health of your heart before, during and after cancer treatment.

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Surgery: radical prostatectomy (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet has been written for men who are thinking about having surgery to treat their prostate cancer. It describes the operation to remove the prostate (radical prostatectomy) using open surgery or keyhole surgery, who can have surgery, the benefits and risks of the different types of surgery, and the side-effects (short and long-term). It also describes what to expect before, during and after the operation, and what happens after treatment.

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Caring for carers (July 2017)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet for carers discusses the emotions that they may experience when caring for someone with a blood cancer: anxiety; stress; guilt; fear; loneliness; anger. It also looks at dealing with the practicalities of being a carer, including financial support, self employment and legal rights at work.

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End of life [Romanian] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Capecitabine (Xeloda®) (May 2017)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet has information about capecitabine to treat pancreatic cancer. It describes how it is given and the possible side effects.

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Surgery [Chinese, Traditional] (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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What you can do to help yourself [Urdu] (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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What you can do to help yourself [Welsh] (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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