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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: 1673

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Understanding advanced melanoma (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people with advanced (metastatic or secondary) melanoma. The booklet describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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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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Sorting out your financial affairs (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet will help people affected by cancer to plan for a time when they may not be able to manage their own financial affairs. 

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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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Giving up smoking (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for people who are living with, or after, cancer and who would like to give up smoking. It has information about the benefits of quitting, and practical advice about how to stop smoking and stay stopped.

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Holistic needs assessment. Planning your care and support (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what assessment and care planning is and describes what to expect from the appointment, where and when the appointment may take place, and how to prepare for the appointment.

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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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Understanding donor stem cell (allogeneic) transplants (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplants, which may be used to treat lymphoma, leukaemia, or myeloma. It describes what they are, why they are used, the treatment steps, preparing for treatment, collecting stem cells, the side-effects, and life after treatment. Includes details of other useful organisations and resources.

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Coping with hair loss (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about hair loss. It is for anyone coping with changes to their hair during and after cancer treatment. It explains how cancer treatment may affect your hair, how to prepare for and cope with hair loss, and what to expect after treatment finishes.

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What now? A practical guide for parents and carers (February 2017)

CLIC Sargent

A booklet for parents of children diagnosed with cancer.

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#dearcancer: Things to help you through [Kindle] (2017)

Trapeze

When journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, she made the decision to share her experiences in a series of video diaries to help demystify cancer treatment. Overwhelmed by the response, Victoria set up a Facebook page inviting people to share their tories, talk openly about cancer and support one another. The result is this collection of writing from cancer patients and their loved ones. Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, or a friend or relative has, everyone who has contributed to this ebook has been through the same journey, and hopes you will take strength from these 'things to help you through'. From practical tips on managing your treatment and your everyday life with cancer, to advice on understanding and dealing with the emotional rollercoaster that begins with diagnosis, this free resource is packed with hard-won wisdom and insight, at once useful and poignant. This exclusive collection is published ahead of Victoria Derbyshire's book, Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum's Diary of Hope. (Publisher)

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Understanding high-dose treatment with stem cell support (April 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about high-dose treatment with stem cell support, which may be used to treat different cancers, including myeloma, lymphoma, and some types of leukaemia. It can also be used as a treatment for other cancers, such as teratoma. It describes what it is, why it is used, the treatment steps, preparing for treatment, collecting stem cells, the side-effects, and life after treatment. Includes details of other useful organisations and resources. 

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (July 2017)

CLIC Sargent

Guidance on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for young people over 16 who have cancer.

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Bone health (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes why bone health is important, the factors that affect the bones (including cancer treatments) and has guidance on how to maintain bone health (diet, physical activity). It also covers treatments, such as bisphosphonates. It does not cover problems related to primary or secondary bone cancer.

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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 building-up diet (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people find it difficult to eat enough to maintain their weight during and after treatment for cancer. This booklet has suggestions on how to help boost energy and protein levels when appetite is poor. It explains healthy eating and includes sample menus and a suggested shopping list of items to stock up on.

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Bowel health and screening: carers guide. A booklet for carers of people who use easy read materials [Scotland] (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

Carers can play an important role in helping people make the best choices about their health. This booklet will help you talk with the person or people you support, about keeping their bowel healthy and getting their bowel checked. 

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Universal credit (July 2017)

CLIC Sargent

Guidance on Universal Credit for young people who have cancer.

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Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (July 2017)

CLIC Sargent

Guidance on claiming Employment Support Allowance for young people over 16 who have cancer.

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (July 2017)

CLIC Sargent

Guidance on claiming Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 who have cancer.

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Bowel health and the bowel screening test in Scotland [Easy read] (November 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

An easy read booklet on bowel health and the bowel test kit in Scotland.

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Lucy has a tumour (September 2017)

CLIC Sargent

Lucy is five years old when she is diagnosed with cancer. This illustrated, colour storybook describes what happens when she has to go to the hospital for tests and treatment. The story follows Lucy from first feeling ill, through diagnosis and treatment, to recovery and returning to normal life.

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Bowel health and screening: carers guide. A booklet for carers of people who use easy read materials [England] (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

Carers can play an important role in helping people make the best choices about their health. This booklet will help you talk with the person or people you support, about keeping their bowel healthy and getting their bowel checked. 

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How to do the bowel screening test (January 2017)

Cancer Research UK

A short factsheet containing simple instructions and helpful hints on how to use a bowel screening kit. 

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Information for trans people. NHS Screening Programmes (July 2017)

Public Health England

This leaflet is for trans (transgender) and non-binary people in England. It tells you about the adult NHS screening programmes that are available in England and explains who we invite for screening.

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Breast implants and breast screening (November 2017)

Public Health England

Guidance for women with breast implants who are having a mammogram.

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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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Checking your bowel is healthy. The NHS bowel scope test for people who are 55 years old [Easy read] (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This easy read booklet tells you how to keep your bowel healthy and decide whether to have the NHS bowel scope test.

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Let's stay safe in the sun (April 2017)

Cancer Research UK

Information about how to enjoy being in the sun safely and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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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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Let's eat and drink healthily (April 2017)

Cancer Research UK

Information about the links between eating and drinking and cancer. Also covers some food myths and controversies, and recommendations for a healthy, balanced diet that can help reduce cancer risk.

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My brother or sister has cancer. A children's guide to coping with cancer (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet tells the story of siblings Tom and Jess, whose little brother Ben has cancer. It describes how they cope with the illness and the changes it brings. It is aimed at children under nine.

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The cancer whisperer. How to let cancer heal your life (2016)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

This book does not offer a cure for cancer. It offers a cure for your fear of cancer. Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from 'terminal' diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months. The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed. Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer. As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to: Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people. Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair. Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener-to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make. Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word, as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer, and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer. The key facts (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Now

This small leaflet briefly explains what breast cancer is, what causes it, routine screening, how it is treated, and how to be breast aware.

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Advanced prostate cancer (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

Factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer. It explains what advanced prostate cancer is, and describes how it is diagnosed, the grading and staging, and the treatment options (hormone therapy).

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Localised prostate cancer (September 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet provides an overview of localised prostate cancer: what it is; what tests are used to diagnose it; grading and staging; treatment options; and choosing treatment.

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The stages of ovarian cancer (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes the four stages of ovarian cancer. Includes a glossary.

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The emotional impact of a blood cancer (April 2016)

Leukaemia CARE

Leaflet for anyone recently diagnosed with a blood or lymphatic cancer, receiving treatment, worried that their cancer might come back, or supporting a family member or friend. It describes where to get information and how to ask. It also discusses feelings and the changes that people experience: daily routine; finances; relationships; roles; physical changes.

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Prostate cancer. Information for black men (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This pocket guide provides information about black men's risk of prostate cancer and what they can do about it. 

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Screening for pancreatic cancer (January 2016)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for anyone who would like to find out more about screening for pancreatic cancer. It explains what cancer screening is, why there is no screening of the general population for pancreatic cancer, and how people at higher risk of pancreatic cancer may be able to have screening.

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Lung cancer. Answering your questions (2016)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This pack contains booklets on living with lung cancer and managing lung cancer symptoms, along with a DVD (Living with lung cancer).

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Diet, physical activity and your risk of prostate cancer (February 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet is for men who want to eat more healthily and possibly reduce their risk of prostate cancer. It describes a healthy diet and lists the foods that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer and those that may increase it.

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How to help someone with cancer. 70 ways to help cancer patients and their families during cancer treatment (2016)

Rebel Redd Books

A loved one was recently diagnosed with cancer and you aren't sure the best way to help. Surely there’s something you can do besides bringing a frozen dinner? This book will be your guide to practical ways you can help a cancer patient as they are progressing through treatment. You may feel you don’t have the time, energy or resources to be of much help, but these 70 recommendations will provide affordable and manageable suggestions to help form your action plan. Topics include: -Advice on how to help patients traveling for treatment -Suggestions for both adult and pediatric patients -How to help families and caregivers -What you can do if you live in a different town or state You have the power to make a difference in a cancer patient’s life. These simple suggestions will allow you to help relieve the patient’s worry and frustration, freeing them to focus on rest, gaining strength, and healing during this difficult time. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller (Publisher)

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What is pancreatic cancer? (June 2016)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet explains the pancreas and what it does. It also explains what pancreatic cancer is.

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Is there a link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder? (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes the research evidence to date.

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Prostate cancer information booklet (September 2016)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This booklet covers diagnosis (including the DRE and the PSA test), the Gleason score and the staging of prostate cancer, treatment options (active surveillance, watchful waiting, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound, hormone treatment, chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy), clinical trials, side effects (sexual problems, continence, bone health), and diet and lifestyle.

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Treatments for relapsed advanced ovarian cancer - what choices do I have? (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how advanced ovarian cancer may be treated, based on the NICE recommendations.

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Locally advanced prostate cancer (September 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet provides an overview of locally advanced prostate cancer: what it is; what tests are used to diagnose it; grading and staging; treatment options; and choosing treatment.

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Ovarian cancer and sexuality (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information and advice about sexuality during and after treatment for ovarian cancer. It covers topics such as sexual relations, psychological and emotional effects, and the physical effects that can affect sexual response.

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