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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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Reducing the risk of lymphoedema (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what lymphoedema is and who is at risk. It describes how to reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, and what to do if problems occur (swelling and skin damage).

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Advice for carers. A practical guide (May 2019)

Age UK

This guide looks at the practical and emotional sides of caring. It has information about areas such as benefits and flexible working hours, as well as how a caring role could affect wellbeing and social life. 

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Your hospital stay. What to expect when going into hospital, while you’re there and when you’re discharged (June 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to put older people at ease if they are going to be admitted to hospital. It will help them: prepare for going into hospital; understand their rights in hospital; understand the discharge process; and be more informed about care afterwards. It may also be useful for relatives and friends, as it can be a difficult time for them too. 

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How long have I got? The story of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient (2019)

Independently published

Suitcases filled with medication. Life and death situations. Multiple organ removal. Risking everything to stay alive just one more day. And people still moan to you when they have a cold. Welcome to the life of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient. In January 2016 thirty-year-old Fi Munro was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Told from day one that her cancer was incurable and ‘terminal’, Fi faced unimaginable pain, heartache and suffering as the life she’d dreamed of was suddenly pulled away from her. Yet in the wake of this news she did not wallow. Instead she discovered a remarkable inner strength, resilience and, above all, a very dark sense of humour. Years later and she is still here, having outlived, in her opinion, two ‘very unreasonable’ prognoses. How Long Have I Got? is her inspiring story. Honest, open and often tear-jerking this is everything you wanted to know - and some stuff you’ll want to forget - about living with cancer and an important reminder that we are all terminal. Reading this will change your life forever. Fi Munro is a multi-award-winning researcher, author, blogger, speaker and mentor recognised internationally for her presentations and articles on her journey and the importance of holistic health. She has been featured in two BBC documentaries, in TV and radio shows, and in newspaper and magazine articles across the globe. Today she is healthier and happier than ever before and believes cancer saved her life. She is currently training to be a shaman and is excited for what the future holds. (Publisher)

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet explains what an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are, why people might want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up and ways to ensure other people know they exist. 

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The cancer roller coaster. How to manage the emotional and mental impact (2019)

Librotas

Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Juliette Chan had an unexpected birthday present: bowel cancer. Luckily, they caught it early, but once the treatment was over, the psychological side-effects surfaced. For many months, Juliette was adrift and felt lost. It seemed that everything in her life was up for review and she struggled to gain clarity about what to do next. There were many questions, such as: When will I feel normal again; Why am I not as motivated as before; Will the cancer come back; Why am I mentally exhausted. It took her a while to realise that the cancer had caused a whole load of losses: loss of trust in her body, self-image as a fit and healthy person, energy, confidence, motivation, income and much more. And that’s when the penny dropped; she was grieving. Cancer not only involves coping with the physical disease and treatment – it also means experiencing and dealing with hidden losses that will affect how you view and live your life. Every time you experience a loss, there is an emotional response: grief. Most people only associate grief with bereavement but it is in fact a natural reaction to any and all losses, including the hidden and intangible losses you face with cancer. Anyone who has or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends, will experience grief – because life has changed. This can show up as anger, frustration, anxiety, ‘depression’, fear, sadness, for example. If left unchecked or suppressed, grief will affect your mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be like this; it is possible to take care of the emotional and mental impact of cancer and to live well. In her easy, relaxed style of writing, Juliette explains the emotional and mental impact of cancer and highlights the limitations of Mindfulness and positive thinking. She has also included a workbook with simple practical exercises that help to release the psychological side-effects and provide clarity. You can also read the candid stories of eight others who faced cancer: Robert describes his initial feelings of shock on diagnosis and how others helped him to cope, whereas Meena recounts going it alone; Petra shares how she continued to run throughout her treatment, and Susan talks movingly about the seemingly endless decision-making from diagnosis onwards; Mary, Tony and June recount their unique experiences of the same cancer

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Oxaliplatin (Thai) (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Oxaliplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat bowel, pancreatic, and stomach cancer, cancer and cancer of the oesophagus. It may be used to treat other cancers.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere®) [Filipino] (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Docetaxel (Taxotere®) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer including breast, prostate, stomach, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects.

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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

XELOX (or CAPOX) may be used to treat advanced bowel cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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