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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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Bowel cancer screening. The facts (June 2016)

NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about bowel cancer, and the benefits and risks of bowel cancer screening. It aims to help people make an informed choice about taking part in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. 

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Signs of cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the main symptoms of cancer to look out for. You should see your doctor if you have any of these. The booklet also talks about bowel screening (the FOB test). 

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When someone close to you has cancer (April 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the emotional effects a cancer diagnosis can have on partners, carers, family members and friends. It aims to help readers understand the emotions they are going through, and to let them know that help is available.

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Treating primary breast cancer (March 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes the range of treatments that may be offered to women with newly diagnosed breast cancer.

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Spotting the signs of cancer (z-card) (September 2016)

Cancer Research UK

This wallet sized fold-out card covers cancer screening and the importance of early diagnosis for men and women. 

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Primary breast cancer resource pack (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This pack is for women who have been told they have primary (early) breast cancer. It includes information about breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatments.

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Breast cancer and your child's school: communicating about your diagnosis and treatment (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

Information to help people with breast cancer communicate with their child's school about their diagnosis and treatment. It covers issues such as why it is important to tell the school, when and what to tell them, who to tell, and how the school can help. The booklet includes a section to give to the school; this has information about breast cancer and its treatment and a checklist of issues that the school might want to consider when supporting the child and family.

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Symptoms of cervical cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer symptoms and when to see your doctor. 

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Prostate cancer. A guide for newly diagnosed men [Audio CD] (July 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

Audio version of the booklet for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It describes the prostate, how prostate cancer is diagnosed, what the test results mean, the treatment options, and the support available. It has space to record contact details and other information that may be useful, such as appointment times and PSA levels.

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After treatment for cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens after cancer treatment finishes and where to get support. 

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Your feelings and cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that talks about the different emotions you might have if you are diagnosed with cancer. 

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Symptoms of prostate cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about prostate cancer and symptoms to look out for. 

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Your pathway. Bowel cancer treatment (March 2016)

Beating Bowel Cancer

This booklet aims to help people with bowel cancer understand the patient pathway and the treatment options available to them. As well as describing surgery, chemotherapy (including descriptions of specific drugs), and radiotherapy, it also covers clinical trials, what happens after treatment, and who's who in the multidisciplinary team. Real case studies are used to illustrate and reinforce the information given.

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Your sex life and cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how cancer can affect your sex life and things that can help.  

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Starting treatment for cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that explains why cancer treatment is given and what your doctor will talk to you about.  

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Your social life and cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that talks about how cancer can affect your life and gives ideas for things you can still enjoy if you are having treatment. 

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Prostate cancer. A guide for men who've just been diagnosed (July 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It describes the prostate, how prostate cancer is diagnosed, what the test results mean, the treatment options, and the support available. It has space to record contact details and other information that may be useful, such as appointment times and PSA levels.

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Finding out you have cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what will happen if you are diagnosed with cancer and where to get more support. 

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If your prostate cancer comes back. A guide to treatment and support (March 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are worried that their prostate cancer might come back, or whose cancer has recurred after one or more treatments. It describes why prostate cancer might come back, the treatment options, and how to get support. It has space to record the names and contact details of the health professionals involved in ongoing care, details of appointments, and results of PSA tests. Includes a glossary.

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Osteoporosis and breast cancer treatment (January 2016)

Breast Cancer Care, National Osteoporosis Society

A booklet for people who have been treated for breast cancer and who may be concerned about their risk of osteoporosis. It describes osteoporosis, who is at risk, breast cancer treatment and bone density, how to look after your bones, and what to do if you think you have osteoporosis.

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In-between days. A memoir about living with cancer [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2016)

Harrison T

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. Ultimately redemptive and uplifting, In-Between Days reminds each one of us how beautiful life is, and what a gift. (Publisher)

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Prostate cancer. A guide for men who've just been diagnosed [large print] (September 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It describes the prostate, how prostate cancer is diagnosed, what the test results mean, the treatment options, and the support available. It has space to record contact details and other information that may be useful, such as appointment times and PSA levels.

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Questions for carers to ask about work and cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A tool for working carers to find the information they need about managing work and care responsibilities.

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After breast cancer treatment: what now? (August 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what happens after your hospital-based treatments finish. It includes information on follow-up care, being breast and body aware, the ways breast cancer may come back, and how you might feel after treatment ends.

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Breast cancer and you: coping with diagnosis, treatment and the future (July 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone who is dealing with a diagnosis of primary breast cancer and its treatment. It discusses the emotions that may arise, how to tell other people, how to find out more, making decisions about treatment, and the effects of treatment, and looks ahead to the time when treatment is finished.

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Are you worried about prostate cancer? (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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The fabulous woman’s guide through cancer (2016)

Bourne N

"The fabulous woman’s guide through cancer" is for every woman touched by cancer but still determined to feel in control of their life. Giving real advice from a number of fabulous women affected by cancer, it includes tips, examples, stories, memoirs, information and ideas covering everything from post-operation styling, ideas to stay social when you can't go out, dealing with doctors, ways to stay lifted and lots more, all with plenty of kind words and inspiration to keep women on-track during this time. (Publisher)

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A whole new me. Getting to the bottom of bowel cancer [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2016)

Walz D

Come with me on a journey to self-love, self-esteem, and self-healing. I share my experiences with you as a survivor of bowel cancer. I will lead you along my journey from crappy to happy, allow you to feel the multitude of emotions associated with recovery, and share insights into my holistic approach to the wonderful and fulfilling life I now live. Let me also share my successful approach to living life to the fullest, accepting myself and allowing only positive people and experiences to enter my universe. (Publishers)

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Managing cancer in the workplace. An employer's guide to supporting staff affected by cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This guide has information and practical for employers about how to support employees affected by cancer. It includes examples of best practice and also covers employers' responsibilities and employees' rights.

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If you are dying from cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how you might feel if you find out your cancer cannot be cured. The booklet talks about things that might help and people who can support you.  

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What happens next? A guide for women with a recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer (November 2016)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide is for women with a recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer. It focuses on the practical and emotional needs in the months following diagnosis and offers advice on where to find support.

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Are you worried about ovarian cancer? (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of ovarian cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Are you worried about breast cancer? (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of breast cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Are you worried about bowel cancer? (February 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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The pink unicorns of male breast cancer (2016)

Alan Herbert is a West London born, ex forces, motorcycle riding, all action grandfather who now lives in The Netherlands with his family. In 2012, he was diagnosed with breast cancer. Alan vividly describes his battle with cancer and the often absurd situations he finds himself in as he fights not only the killer disease, but also the ignorance borne out of the feminization of breast cancer. Follow Alan’s courageous story that shows not only the determination, but the admirable spirit of a man who battled and survived. An inspirational, gripping, and down-to-earth story written from a man’s point of view in dealing with breast cancer. “Men have breasts too!” (Publisher) 

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MTC. Medullary thyroid cancer (February 2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet explains what medullary thyroid cancer is, how it is diagnosed, the tests that may be carried out and the treatment options.

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What is lymphoma? (June 2016)

Lymphoma Association

An overview of cancer and lymphoma.

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Lymphoma and HIV (April 2016)

Lymphoma Association

Lymphoma is a common type of cancer diagnosed in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This information sheet gives an overview of what to expect and where to find more information and support if you are affected by HIV and lymphoma.

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Antibody therapy (including rituximab) (February 2016)

Lymphoma Association

This factsheet explains what antibody therapy is and how it is used to treat lymphoma. 

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How can I help? Tips from parents of children with cancer (July 2016)

Tonkin L

Suggestions for how to help the parents of a child with cancer.

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Embroidered cancer comic (2016)

Shefrin SE

'Come to bed with me?' 'Huh? No, I'd rather read this book about cancer...' As soon as Bob was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, he and his wife Elizabeth started making cancer jokes to take the edge off of an otherwise frightening situation. A lot of those jokes were about sex. Here, textile artist Elizabeth Shefrin has picked up a needle and thread to share those intimate jokes, revealing how they helped her and her husband to process the realities of cancer treatment. Giving lightness and humour to a rarely discussed topic, this unpretentious and wry embroidered comic will create awareness and discourse around a taboo topic, resonating with others in similar situations and reassuring us that it's ok to laugh. (Publisher)

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Move more DVD. An activity DVD for people living with and after cancer (July 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

DVD and booklet. The DVD features an exercise programme for people living with or after cancer. It also includes stories and tips from people who may have been through similar experiences. They describe how they became active and how this helped them. The booklet describes what's included on the DVD, what to consider before using the DVD, and some dos and dont's. It also explains the benefits of being active. There are details of the 'Walking for Health' programme, sports organisations, support on the high street (Boots) and The National Gardens Scheme.

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A series of catastrophes and miracles. A true story of love, science and cancer (2016)

Williams ME

After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma, journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own - with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science - and the healing power of human connection. (Publisher)

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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (November 2016)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet explains what radiotherapy is, when it will begin, in-patient and outpatient treatment, how treatment is planned, what happens during treatment, possible side-effects, and what happens when treatment ends. It also has sources of further information and support.

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Cancer. You and your partner (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about how cancer can affect relationships. It aims to help people understand some of the practical and emotional issues and discusses what may help. It covers feelings, communication, sexuality and cancer, and practical issues such as work and finances.

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People who can help when you have cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining all the people and organisations who can help you if you have cancer and what they can do.  

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Achievement: cancer free for 20 years (2016)

Martin C

Full of tips, tools, techniques, and the secrets Curly Martin used to overcome cancer. How she now lives a passionate, exciting, healthy, wealthy, happy life. Curly Martin was diagnosed with breast cancer, and an aggressive form of lymphatic cancer in 1992 and she was given nine months to live. At that time she became homeless and was unemployed. This book is all about her fascinating and funny 20 year journey from cancer to coaching. Since the terminal diagnosis, she has become an international bestselling author of, The Coaching Handbook Series of books. She is a highly sought-after international speaker, a pioneer of life coach training and the founder of a very successful training company, Achievement Specialists Limited. She intuitively combines her personal experiences with accepted methodologies and cutting edge innovations, to create exciting, very entertaining and effective approaches to living a healthy, happy and successful life. (Publisher)

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They said I had six months to live. Surviving prostate cancer – 10 years on [currently being reviewed by our volunteers] (2016)

Thomas D

There are few things in life as shocking as finding out that you are about to die. We all know, of course, that this is an inevitable part of living but we put it out of mind. Yes life will end, but not today, not any time soon. Coming face to face with the reality that it could indeed be sometime soon is just one part of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. There are other things too - coping with treatment, coping with the side effects of treatment, dealing with the reactions of loved ones. Then there is the constant uncertainty of the next blood test, and the difficulty of getting on with everyday life, fearful of what the future might bring. However, the crunch is that this is a terminal illness which can only end one way. This is the story of how I dealt with that... (Publisher)

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Living for a reason - a true cancer journey (2016)

Prescott JA

There can be up to 50,000 cases of breast cancer a year in the UK. Ann, in J.A. Prescott's Living for a Reason, is just one. On receiving the news of her condition Ann greets it with the response - You haven't told me that I'm dying yet?' and that is the spirit she carries throughout the book. It is a moving and powerful portrait of a woman who, faced with the vicissitudes of cancer, determines to live life to the full. The book shows Ann as she goes through the stages of cancer and the phases of treatment; the well known mastectomy, the loss of hair, the cosmetic surgery, the chemotherapy and the less well-known side-effects of the drugs. With her condition compounded with the onset of arthritis Ann's determination is inspirational and her story is one of great courage. (Publisher)

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I am here. Stories from a cancer ward (2016)

Klabbers J

Looking for more meaning in his work, Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to spend his days caring for the sick and dying. He trained as a secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital, and from the patients there he learned how simply talking and listening can provide comfort: from chatting about the football to discussing life’s meaning and how one prepares for death. I Am Here is a frank, moving, and sometimes funny record of his encounters. It gives an unforgettable insight into the variety of ways people cope with suffering, and suggests how we can support them — through caring, through conversation, and by acknowledging that although we may not be able to answer all of life’s questions, we can face them together. From one of the saddest places comes this powerful affirmation of our capacity for humane care. (Publisher)

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