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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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An ABC of prostate cancer today. My journey over 4 continents to find the best cure (2016)

Lawrenson AG

“An ABC of prostate cancer today – 2nd Edition replaces its best-selling predecessor, “An ABC of prostate cancer in 2015”. The new edition provides the reader with comprehensive information on the very latest diagnosis tests that are available and now becoming routinely used in leading clinics, hospitals and specialist practice around the world. A leading urological surgeon who reviewed the book said: “All my registrars (interns) should get a copy of this book and fully digest its contents.” Another specialist said: “Every general practitioner (physician) in the country should read the book to bring them up-to- date on prostate cancer.” Not with standing these comments, the easy-to-read book, is targeted at the layman, and is written in easily understood language. The book provides the reader with more than 100 questions that prostate cancer sufferers should consider asking their doctors. It also details “My Journey over Four Continents to find the Best Cure”. The book (99,500 words over 344 pages) is presented in three parts: In Part 1, the book looks at what prostate cancer is and examines, in detail, PSA testing and its derivatives such as PSA density, PSA doubling time, free PSA, etc. It also looks in depth at the biopsy process and explains the increasing use of multiparametric MRI as a diagnostic tool. The staging and grading of prostate cancers are explained. Part 2 focusses on the 10 top treatments available to treat prostate cancer. Some of these treatments are broken down into multiple sub-sets. One such treatment is radiation, which is broken down into nine different forms of radiation, each of which is fully presented. Some of these, like proton beam therapy, might offer better alternative outcomes to some sufferers than more ‘popular’ treatments. Whilst the book focusses mainly on the treatment of patients with low and intermediate risk prostate cancer that is localised, the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer is also considered. The book considers diet and nutrition issues in detail and also has chapters on alternative treatments and a comprehensive cancer-fighting plan. This part of the book concludes with a chapter on the all-important prostate cancer support groups. Part 3 of the book details my consideration of various treatment options, my visits to three urologists and a radiation oncologist, my treatment selection process and my subsequent proton beam therapy treatment at the National Cancer Centre in Sout

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Massage (April 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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

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Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment (August 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer and who are experiencing side-effects after treatment has ended.

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Menopause brought on by treatment and suggestions for relieving symptoms (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes treatment-induced menopause and offers advice about symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis.

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If your bowel is blocked (January 2016)

Ovacome

A blocked bowel (or bowel obstruction) is a possible complication of ovarian cancer. This factsheet describes how a low fibre (fibre-restricted) diet may help.

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A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (2016)

NHS Health Scotland

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It describes what cervical cancer is, HPV and how it is spread, and how and when the vaccine is given. It also covers consent, and possible side effects.

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Breast care for women (2016)

CHANGE

This booklet uses easy words and pictures to help people learn abput breast awareness.

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Colonic stenting (June 2016)

Beating Bowel Cancer

This factsheet describes what a colonic stent is, why it might be used, how it is inserted, the possible risks, and changes to bowel habit.

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Help with health costs (August 2016)

Age UK

Most NHS services are free but there are charges for prescriptions, dental treatment, sight tests, glasses and contact lenses and wigs and fabric supports. This factsheet explains how the NHS Low Income Scheme helps people on a low income with charges and the cost of travelling to receive NHS treatment.  The factsheet explains what you are entitled to if you: are aged 60 and over; receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

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Practical and emotional support (March 2016)

Beating Bowel Cancer

Details of organisations that offer support to people following a diagnosis of cancer. Includes questions raising issues that people may wish to consider.

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped (2016)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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My child's Wilms' tumour has come back (August 2016)

Bethany's Wish, Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is for parents of a child whose Wilms' tumour has come back (relapsed). It discusses the different treatment options that may be available. 

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Choosing treatment : the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes the work of NICE and the recommendations that it has made about the treatment of ovarian cancer.

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Simple steps to a healthier you (2016)

World Cancer Research Fund

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Radiotherapy [Chinese, Traditional] (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. Includes English language version.

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Chemotherapy [Chinese, Traditional] (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects. Includes English language version.

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Prostate facts for gay and bisexual men (May 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet has information that is relevant for gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men, who may have some specific questions or concerns.

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Medical and other terms explained (January 2016)

Ovacome

A glossary of medical terms that women with ovarian cancer may come across.

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FEC chemotherapy (January 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes the FEC chemotherapy combination (5 fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide), when it may be used, how it works, how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Palliative care (June 2016)

Beating Bowel Cancer

Information about palliative care for people with recurrent or metastatic bowel cancer. It describes the aims of palliative care, what a palliative care pathway might mean, and support for carers during end-of-life care.

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Fulvestrant (Faslodex) (January 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what fulvestrant is, how it works, when it is prescribed, how it is taken, and the possible side-effects.

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Advice for carers. A practical guide (April 2016)

Age UK

This guide looks at the practical side of caring – the benefits you can claim, how to arrange flexible working hours, how to organise respite care – and the emotional side, such as the impact on your health and social life. It aims to let you know where to go for help, so you don’t feel you have to manage on your own.

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Rare ovarian tumours (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes some of the rarer ovarian cancers and how they may be treated, namely: germ cell tumours; sex-cord stromal tumours (granulosa cell tumour and Sertoli-Leydig cell tumours); small-cell carcinoma of the ovary; Brenner tumours; and Krukenberg tumours.

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The bowel screening test. Your questions answered (November 2016)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet has information about the Bowel Screening Programme in Scotland and why it is important to take part when invited. It has basic information about bowel cancer (including a diagram of the digestive system) and explains what is involved in the test. It concludes with a list of changes in bowel habit that should prompt a visit to the doctor and lifestyle changes that might help reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.

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Your hospital stay (June 2016)

Age UK

This guide aims to make preparations for your admission and discharge a little easier. It explains what to expect when going into hospital, what should happen while you’re in hospital, and the steps that should be taken to prepare for your discharge. It also examines the process that should be followed to ensure you have appropriate care and support after leaving hospital. 

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Meditation and mindfulness (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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

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Breast screening. Helping you decide (July 2016)

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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A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine [Urdu] (2016)

NHS Health Scotland

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It describes what cervical cancer is, HPV and how it is spread, and how and when the vaccine is given. It also covers consent, and possible side effects.

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Borderline ovarian tumours (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet explains what is meant by borderline ovarian cancer and the three situations that might cause concern or uncertainty: borderline ovarian tumours that have spread beyond the ovary (non-invasive and invasive implants); mucinous borderline tumours; stage-1 borderline ovarian tumours in young women treated with limited surgery

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