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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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Managing cancer pain (May 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people understand more about cancer pain and the wide range of medical and complementary treatments available for controlling it. It describes pain and its possible causes, before covering individual methods of pain control. It includes a section on how to describe pain, a pullout pain diary, information about sources of support, and lists of useful organisations, books, relaxation tapes, and websites.

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Imagery (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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

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Pelvic floor muscle exercises (December 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes pelvic floor muscle exercises for men to help deal with urinary problems such as incontinence following treatment for prostate cancer.

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Newly diagnosed pack (2016)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

The newly diagnosed pack is for people recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It can be tailored to a patient’s individual needs. It contains the following publications: Pancreatic cancer: an overview of diagnosis and treatment; Diet and pancreatic cancer; Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer: Information for families and carers; Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer; Surgery and other procedures to control symptoms; We're here for you (leaflet about the support provided Pancreatic Cancer UK).

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Reflexology (February 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what reflexology is and describes what happens in a typical reflexology session. It includes a summary of research evidence published to date.

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Acupuncture (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet has information about acupuncture and its use in the relief of the symptoms of cancer and its treatment. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date.

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The truth about cancer (2016)

Blurb

Kelly Strenge has been explaining cancer to children for more than a decade. This edition educates children about cancer in a very honest, light-hearted, and inspiring way. Children will discover: What cancer is and how it is treated; The side effects cancer treatment can have; Who is affected by cancer; Cancer is not contagious; Ways to prevent cancer; Who they can turn to for comfort and to help them cope; Cancer doesn't define a person; There are positive aspects of the journey; and much more. (Publisher)

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A whole new me. Getting to the bottom of bowel cancer (2016)

XLibris

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 the symptoms of cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Practical advice on the common and less common symptoms that may occur with cancer, such as fatigue, eating problems, mouth problems, emotional effects, bowel problems, bladder problems, breathing difficulties, and skin problems. It describes the causes of each symptom and the medical and complementary therapies that can help. It has sections on how other people can help, support services, and practical and financial support. Includes a pullout symptom diary and details of useful organisations.

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Dumping syndrome (2016)

Core

This factsheet describes dumping syndrome, a collection of symptoms that occur after a meal in people who have undergone certain operations on the stomach. It explains why this might happen, how the symptoms are produced, which operations cause dumping, and what can be done about it.

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Nordic walking (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what Nordic walking is, the health benefits and what happens in a Nordic walking session. It includes a summary of the research evidence to date about its effectiveness.

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My child has a kidney tumour. Information and support for parents (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet provides general information about kidney cancer (renal tumours) that occur in children.

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Art therapy (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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

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Relaxation (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet has information about relaxation and how it may be used to help relieve symptoms of cancer and its treatment. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date.

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Barrett's oesophagus (2016)

Core

This factsheet describes Barrett's oesophagus, how it is caused, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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The fabulous woman’s guide through cancer (2016)

Nicola Bourne

"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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Music therapy (February 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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

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Move more pack (2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

The Move More pack includes a copy of the booklet Physical activity and cancer, five short flyers about some popular types of physical activity. There is also an Activity chart you could use with a fridge magnet (provided) to put this on your fridge so you can see what you have achieved each day. And there’s a Move More DVD which includes gentle activity videos you can do at home. 

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The pink unicorns of male breast cancer (2016)

Blossom Spring Publishing

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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Physical activity (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what is meant by physical activity, how much people need, the benefits, what Penny Brohn Cancer Care recommends and offers, and safety concerns. It includes a summary of the research evidence to date about its effectiveness.

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Velcade (May 2016)

Myeloma UK

Velcade® is a new type of drug called a proteasome inhibitor. This booklet describes myeloma, how Velcade® works, how it affects myeloma, how it is used in the treatment of myeloma, how it is given, and possible side-effects. Includes a list of questions to ask the medical team and an explanation of medical terms.

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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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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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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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Having an endoscopy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens before, during and after en endoscopy. 

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Pain and discomfort in the rectum and perineum following stoma surgery (July 2016)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet describes what may cause pain and discomfort following Hartmann's procedure or loop stoma or abdomino-perineal excision of the rectum (APER), coping strategies and treatments available. Patients share their experiences.

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Embroidered cancer comic (2016)

Singing Dragon (Jessica Kingsley)

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

National Geographic

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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Parastomal hernias (July 2016)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains what a parastomal hernia is, the causes, the complications and problems it can cause and the treatment options. It has practical hints and tips for managing a parastomal hernia and for reducing the risk. Includes the personal experiences of four ostomates.

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They said I had six months to live. Surviving prostate cancer – 10 years on (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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

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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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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Achievement: cancer free for 20 years (2016)

Achievement Specialists Ltd

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

Austin Macauley

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

Scribe Publications

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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Thinks itself a hawk. Poems from the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London (2016)

Hippocrates Press

Wendy French’s meticulously observed and profoundly moving new collection grew out of a residency with the University College Hospital MacMillan Cancer Centre in London. Working with patients, sharing in their hopes and fears, tracking the everyday endeavours of a vital medical hub, Wendy French found herself drawn into lives in which blood tests, diagnosis, chemotherapy and hope become as much part of the human experience as cappuccino and Vivaldi on the radio. One life, that of Zipora, a Jewish woman whose origins lay in the darkest days of the twentieth century, is chosen for particular attention for its power to place everyday experience in large frames, but also for the brightness with which it reminds us that everyday life is unique and important. Wendy French brings all her gifts of compassion, precision, and feeling yet understated language, to the high task of accompanying the journey we call cancer. (Publisher)

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Fighting spirit. A cancer survivor’s journey (2016)

Austin Macauley

When your enemy is clearly visible, it makes fighting them so much easier, than if they are elusive, such as cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is everybody's worst nightmare. It is automatically seen as a death sentence. It was no different for Nicolas. His first thoughts were about his mortality, but to help him through his treatment and recovery he used the skills and discipline he had learnt in martial arts. His 'Fighting Spirit' helped him deal with everything that cancer brings with it, along with his faith and support network of family and friends. Rather than focusing on the negative, Nicolas remains positive, using references from some of his favourite films to give him direction, steering him towards a healthy, cancer-free future. The 'Fighting Spirit' helps Nicolas to see his cancer as an enemy that needs to be defeated in battle. He uses his martial arts mindset to visualise and conquer his foe. There will be only one winner. (Publisher)

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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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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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The buoy projects. A story of breast cancer, bucket-lists, life lessons, Facebook and love (2016)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

Wanda Stairs Howard was many things to many people, but first and foremost, she was a mother, grandmother, and wife. Her daughter Lorna’s book is an account of how Wanda took what was left of her life and squeezed it until the pips squeaked, how she and her tireless Team Wanda celebrated her life whilst she was still living it, and how eventually they set her free for the ultimate journey. This book was written because so many people responded so strongly to her story as it played out through the medium of Facebook, and many of those people asked Lorna to put her mother’s story into print so that she could inspire others who weren’t lucky enough to know her personally. By the end of the book, I hope that readers will feel like they knew Wanda and that many will take comfort and inspiration from her life and death. (Publisher)

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Treatment decisions (December 2016)

Bloodwise

If you have blood cancer or a related condition, you’ll be asked to make decisions about your treatment. This can be a difficult thing to do, particularly if you have to make these decisions very quickly. This factsheet will help you understand the types of treatments available and the choices you’ll be asked to make. 

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Caring for colostomates. A practical guide for staff in nursing and residential homes and those who care for a colostomate at home (March 2016)

Colostomy UK

Guidance on the different types of appliances, changing the appliance, disposing of used appliances, day-to-day life with a colostomy (eating, bathing and showering) and common concerns (sore skin, bleeding, parastomal hernia, leaking, ballooning, pancaking, constipation, diarrhoea, odour, rectal discharge and rectal discomfort).

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Talking to children and young people about multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) (March 2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

Advice for parents about how to talk to children and young people about the presence of a multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) gene in the family. It covers issues such as: What helps young people and children?; When is a good time to tell your children?; What information do you tell children?; Communication tips; What are children likely to know about genes and inheritance?; What helped parents talk to their children; Preparing to talk to your children; Benefits; Drawbacks.

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The shock factor. Sarah's story – beating breast cancer one day at a time (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

The door handle started to turn and I knew this was the moment that could change my life forever. Mr Mahadev appeared with another staff member. He introduced himself and then introduced Sally, a breast care nurse, and sat down beside me. He started to go through my notes: family history, the results of the mammogram and the biopsy. Then he delivered the devastating news... I’m really sorry but the mammogram has shown two tumours in the left breast. Sarah Pickles was a normal 32-year-old married woman with a young daughter. On 22nd September 2014 her life changed as she was given the devastating news that she had a triple-negative breast cancer. Read about how Sarah dealt with her diagnosis and how she survived cancer as she shares all the high, lows, tears, and laughter of her journey. This honest and raw account of Sarah’s cancer journey also includes lots of information and top tips on diet, exercise, health, and beauty. (Publisher)

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Myeloma. Cancer of the immune system. Fast facts: For patients and their supporters (2016)

Health Press

This short workbook is designed to help patients equip themselves with the best information about myeloma. Starting with a simple overview of the biology of the disease, it will help patients to understand the type of myeloma that they have, the remitting-relapsing nature of the disease, and the signs and symptoms they are likely to experience. It takes patients through the initial treatment options and their side effects, what to expect if they have stem cell transplantation, and how they will be treated when their symptoms return. The final sections will help patients understand the supportive care options available, and provide an insight into the latest myeloma research, which is progressing on many fronts. (Publishers)

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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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It's all just rock and roll...: a terrifically truthful tale of one girl's bust up with breast cancer (2016)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

A truly inspirational story about love, life, happiness and hair. A true story about a girl's victorious battle with breast cancer. She had a choice to make - to crumble or to fight. Her daughter was four, her job was full on and she was spinning a million plates. She was the queen of dodging reality through all the twists and turns of life. This was different - she had to find a way to face her worst fears and to get herself out of the pickle of all pickles. Little did she know that the very same disease that had claimed her parents when she was far too young was to be her most unlikely saviour. She tells the story in real time with humour, a blunt Yorkshire honesty and breath taking courage. What really happens when you're trying to keep your head (and your hair) when the rest of the world is going mad. And what really happens when you finally find your very own sunshine. (Publisher)

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