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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: 1706

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Your smear test results [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Latvian] (2017)

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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The essential guide to skin cancer (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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Make time for breast screening (2017)

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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Taking care of your breasts [English/Urdu] (February 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Your smear test - after CIN treatment [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Will and Sophie have radiotherapy. A children's guide to radiotherapy (March 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children following the story of Will, who has radiotherapy to his brain, and Sophie, who has radiotherapy to her stomach.

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Stoma support organisations (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of support organisations for people living with a stoma.

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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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Wind, ballooning and odour (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Guidance for colostomates on wind, ballooning and odour. Describes what may cause wind, foods to avoid, tips to help reduce wind, what to do if the bag keeps ballooning, and what to do about odour.

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It's so much easier since I quit. Your guide to quitting for good with Smokefree (2017)

Department of Health

Main NHS Smokefree guide to helping smokers quit for good. Features an interactive planner that takes smokers through the four key steps to quitting smoking: Think; Prepare; Quit; Stop for good.

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Breast screening. Helping you decide [Easy read] (2017)

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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Storm in a D cup! One woman’s journey through breast cancer (2017)

Debbie Paton Publishing

Storm in a D Cup! is a blow-by-blow account of Debbie Paton's journey through breast cancer. It is a candid account of the year between her initial diagnosis and her full recovery. When she was first diagnosed, Debbie wrote notes in a diary, but her daughter Georgia dragged her into the 21st century by convincing her to write a blog that could be shared with a wider audience. The blog soon became Debbie's cathartic writing. It gave her the freedom to express the rollercoaster of emotions as they happened, the good, the bad and the irrational. She shared her entries on social media for her friends and family to follow – it took the pressure off endless update phone calls! This is a no holds barred account of the mix of emotions, the highs and lows of the journey. It is not about doom and gloom, but rather the realities of the journey and the experiences Debbie had along the way. It is at times poignant and highly sensitive, at others, filled with laughter and fun. It was a year that shaped her life into something different. It is Debbie’s hope that her experiences can help others by alleviating some of the fear surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis. If she could have read a similar blog before starting her own journey, Debbie feels certain she would’ve been far less fearful of what lay ahead. Yes, everyone's path is different, but there are elements of her experience that will resonate with others in the same position. (Publisher)

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Obtaining prescription supplies (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Guidance on obtaining prescription supplies from the supply company, chemist or GP.

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TLC. Touch. Look. Check. (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Now

Illustrated credit-card-sized mini-leaflet with information about breast changes.

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Ruby's stem cell harvest and transplant. A children's guide to stem cell harvesting and transplant using their own stem cells (autologous transplant) (October 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

An illustrated, colour booklet for children who are having a stem cell transplant. It describes the bone marrow, the stem cell nurses, the harvest machine, and what happens on the day that the cells are harvested and on the day that they are returned.

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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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Pretty sick. The beauty guide for woman with cancer. How to look your best when you feel your worst (2017)

Piatkus Books

The ultimate resource to looking your best during and after cancer treatment, from a veteran beauty industry insider. Like many women who receive the shattering diagnosis of cancer, Caitlin Kiernan was concerned about her health and her future, but also about how the treatment would affect how she felt and looked - would she lose her hair? Would she lose her nails? How would she look after a double mastectomy? But unlike other women who battle cancer, Kiernan has spent her entire career as a beauty editor, beauty director (most recently for Life & Style Weekly), and now beauty producer. As someone who works in the public eye and in the fashion industry, Kiernan had to quickly learn how to look her best even when she was feeling her worst. So she called on her list of extensive contacts and beauty insiders - from hair professionals to top medical doctors (at institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering and Mt Sinai Hospital) to style mavens and even celebrities (including Wendy Williams and Hoda Kotb) - to gather the best and most useful beauty tips for cancer treatment. The result is Pretty Sick: the ultimate guide to beauty during (and after) cancer treatment, covering skin care, hair care (and wig shopping), nail care, makeup, an explanation of breast cancer surgical options, style advice for life post mastectomy, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming line drawings and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, Pretty Sick will be a welcome and trusted resource during treatment, helping women to look their best even when they don't feel their best. (Publisher)

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Your smear test after treatment [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Seat belt protection and extenders (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply seat belt protection and extenders.

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Supporting people with learning disabilities to take care of their breasts (March 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This resource is designed to help people with learning disabilities be breast aware, with the support of their carer. It aims to help people feel safe and confident about checking their breasts, and to seek help early if they are worried. 

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about the different people who can help them and care for them.

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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

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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Looking after someone. Information for carers 2018 (October 2017)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Phyllodes tumours: malignant and borderline malignant (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what malignant and borderline malignant phyllodes tumours are, the symptoms, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options.

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Our list (2017)

Independently published

This booklet for children and young people illustrates how one family coped with a cancer diagnosis by drawing up a list of things to things to do that might help to cheer them up.

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Bowel scope screening. An easy guide (October 2017)

Public Health England

Easy read booklet about bowel scope screening.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Breast prostheses, bras and clothes after surgery (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides practical information about breast prostheses (artificial breast forms), bras and clothes for women who have had surgery for breast cancer. Includes photographs, quotes from women, and details of suppliers.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans of your ovaries (June 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

Information about abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans for women whose GP has referred them for these tests.

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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Your family and friends [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about talking to family and friends.

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Caring for a person with a stoma and dementia (December 2017)

Colostomy UK

Teaching a person with dementia how to care for their stoma is not possible in all cases, but where it is possible, attempts should be made to encourage them. The level of independence achievable will vary. A person with dementia may benefit from extra time and repetition of the tips in this booklet, which were suggested by healthcare professionals who have been actively involved in the care of ostomates with dementia.

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Vinorelbine and cisplatin chemotherapy [Traditional Chinese] (November 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Vinorelbine and cisplatin may be used to treat non-small-cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes what it is, how the drugs are given and the possible side-effects.

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CA125 blood test (June 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This factsheet describes the CA125 blood test: what it is; why it is being carried out; what the results mean.

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Living with cancer. A step-by-step guide for coping medically and emotionally with a serious diagnosis (2017)

The Johns Hopkins University Press

The prospect of entering treatment is overwhelming for anyone facing a diagnosis of cancer. While patients have access to a vast amount of medical information online, this advice is often unreliable or confusing. In Living with Cancer, Drs. Vicki A. Jackson and David P. Ryan have crafted the first step-by-step guide aimed at helping people with this life-defining disease grasp what’s happening to them while coping physically and emotionally with cancer treatment. An empathetic resource full of relatable patient stories, this book teaches patients and caregivers how to ask the right questions to get the best possible care―beginning at the moment of diagnosis. Drs. Jackson and Ryan explain how to work with a team of doctors and nurse practitioners to minimize symptoms and side effects while living as fully as possible in the face of cancer. They relay important information about understanding prognosis, and they translate what doctors mean when they describe tests, treatments, and medical procedures. Finally, they discuss hospice care and answer questions about continuing treatment and managing the final phase of life. Based on new research and a groundbreaking program in which patients are treated with palliative care―along with the best cancer care―during the course of their illness, this honest and caring book provides the right advice to use at the right time throughout a journey with cancer. It allows a person with cancer to concentrate on living the best life possible, despite an uncertain future. Patients at every stage will find Living with Cancer a comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible guide for navigating the illness and its treatment. (Publisher)

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Looking after yourself [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about looking after yourself if you are caring for someone with a an illness they will probably die from.

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Hug everyone you know: a year of community, courage, and cancer (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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Interferon alpha [Arabic] (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Interferon alpha is a biological therapy that may be used to treat kidney cancer, melanoma, carcinoid tumours, and some types of lymphoma and leukaemia. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and some of the possible side-effects. Includes the English-language version.

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Understanding Hodgkin lymphoma (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what Hodgkin lymphoma is, and provides information on symptoms, diagnosis, the stages, and treatment options. It also covers issues such as fertility, feelings, and practical and financial support. 

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Tommy v cancer. One man's battle against the big C (2017)

Independently published

On Thursday, 10th of March 2016, I returned home from a hospital appointment and broke the news to my wife and children. I had throat cancer. Stage four. Inoperable. Desperately needing some way to make sense of my situation, I set up a blog to chart my battle against the disease. I hoped it would allow me to understand more about this thing inside me, and what I would have to go through in terms of treatment to try to eradicate it. I also thought it might help other people who found themselves in similar circumstances. I made a promise to my readers to be open and honest all the way. I wouldn't hold anything back, no matter how unpleasant. Now, over a year later, I have adapted that blog into this book. It details my journey from when I first realised that something was wrong, through the intense courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, to where I am today. To say that journey was difficult is a vast understatement. The side effects of my treatment utterly kicked my arse, causing me to lose over half my bodyweight and fall seriously ill with double pneumonia and sepsis. Totally unresponsive, I was rushed into intensive care where the doctors told my family that, if they couldn't stabilise me, I had approximately two hours left to live. One option was to put me into a medically induced coma, although the chances were high that I would never emerge from it. Imagine someone telling you that about your loved one as they lie there, unconscious and struggling to breathe. Cancer is an invader that affects more than just the patient. Everyone suffers - spouses, siblings, children, extended family, friends. Even, as I was to discover, strangers from all over the world. I was overwhelmed with the love and kindness of almost everyone who contacted me, but I also suffered terrible abuse at the hands of online trolls. I should warn you that parts of this book do not make for easy reading. I kept my promise to be honest, and wrote many of the blog entries when I was depressed and scared, certain I wouldn't live to see another dawn. I convinced myself that I would quickly perish, leaving my wife and two sons - then aged 9 and 17 - alone, and with no-one to protect them or provide for them. I wouldn't get to see them grow up, develop into young men, and eventually have children of their own. The prospect terrified me. For those of you who followed my blog and read the posts as I uploaded them, you haven't seen everything. This book c

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Interferon alpha (IntronA®, Roferon-A®) [French] (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Interferon alpha is a biological therapy that may be used to treat kidney cancer, melanoma, carcinoid tumours, and some types of lymphoma and leukaemia. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and some of the possible side-effects.

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Pazopanib (Votrient®) [Slovak] (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Pazopanib is a targeted therapy drug used to treat a type of kidney cancer called renal cell carcinoma. It can also treat some soft tissue sarcomas. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Capecitabine (Xeloda®) [Polish] (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Capecitabine is given as a treatment for many types of cancer including colorectal cancer, breast cancer, oesophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. This factsheet describes how it is given and describes some of the possible side-effects.

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) [Portuguese] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) may be used to treat breast cancer and stomach cancer. It may also be used to treat other cancers as part of a research trial. This factsheet explains how it works, how it is given, and possible side-effects.

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Paclitaxel [Portuguese] (October 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Paclitaxel is most commonly used to treat breast, ovarian and non-small-cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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FEC chemotherapy [Portuguese] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

FEC is a combination chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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Ipilimumab [Bulgarian] (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Ipilimumab is a targeted therapy drug used to treat advanced melanoma. This describes how it works, how it is given, and some of the possible side-effects.

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