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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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Telling your child you have cancer (January 2017)

University College London Hospital Cancer Collaborative

A short film produced with the Fruit Fly Collective to support parents when they decide to tell their children about their cancer diagnosis. It provides guidance about how and when to tell them, and looks at different age groups and how they may feel and behave when they have been told. 

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Bowel cancer screening. A guide to the NHS bowel cancer screening programme in England (February 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This leaflet describes the NHS bowel screening test: what bowel cancer screening is; why it is important; what the test involves; who can take part; and what happens after the test.

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Advanced prostate cancer. Managing symptoms and getting support (March 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and are experiencing symptoms such as bone pain.

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Signs and symptoms of cancer (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This z-card gives the signs and symptoms of the main cancers for men and women and advice on cancer prevention for anyone worried about their cancer risk.

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Understanding clinical trials for cancer (March 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet explains the different types of clinical trials, the benefits and drawbacks of taking part, and how to join a clinical trial.

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Family history, genes and breast cancer (March 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what a family history of breast cancer is, and what this may mean for you or your family.

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Radiotherapy for primary breast cancer (January 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes radiotherapy for primary (early) breast cancer. It explains what radiotherapy is, why it might be needed, how it is given, what to expect, treatment planning, and the possible side-effects. 

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Understanding colon cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the colon. It explores the emotions that arise on diagnosis, and has advice on coping with these, as well as on practical issues such as financial help. It also includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Understanding anal cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes anal cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, and life after treatment.

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Your diet and lifestyle. Living with and beyond bowel cancer (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet covers aspects of diet and lifestyle when living with and beyond colorectal cancer.

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What to do after cancer treatment ends: 10 top tips (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Suggestions to help people get the best care and support after treatment ends and to live as healthy and active a life as possible.

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Run for your life. How one woman ran circles around breast cancer (2017)

Baker J

Running has been many things to Jenny Baker – a space to achieve new things, a way to keep fit and healthy, and a source of friendship and community. She had planned a year of running to celebrate her birthday; instead Jenny was hit with a bombshell which rocked her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had one question for her oncologist: can I keep running? It gave her a sense of identity through her chemotherapy, while her treatment was stripping away everything that was important to her. Run for Your Life is the story of how she kept running to help her beat cancer, and how it helped her get her life back on track after an intensive spell of treatment and a turbulent time in her life. (Publisher)

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Understanding rectal cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the rectum. It explores the emotions that arise on diagnosis, and has advice on coping with these, as well as on practical issues such as financial help. It also includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Cancer and complementary therapies (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the complementary therapies most often used for people with cancer and gives an idea of what is involved in each therapy. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Signs and symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains how to recognise the early signs of cancer and how to reduce the risk. It describes the symptoms to look out for (unexplained bleeding, weight loss, lumps, pain) and how to reduce the risk by making lifestyle changes (smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol drinking and taking care in the sun).

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Understanding primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma) (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the different types of primary liver cancer, the risk factors and causes, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the stages, and the treatment options. It also covers emotions, coping and financial issues.

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Diabetes and cancer treatment (April 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support, Diabetes UK

This booklet is about diabetes and cancer treatment. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and who also has diabetes. It may also be useful for anyone with an increased risk of developing diabetes because of cancer treatment. It explains how some cancer treatments can affect diabetes and make it difficult to control blood sugar. It also has some tips to help people cope with side effects of cancer treatment if they have diabetes.

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Heart health and cancer treatment (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support, British Heart Foundation

Some people affected by cancer have problems with their heart health. This is because some cancer treatments can affect the heart. Problems can also arise if you already have a heart condition when you’re diagnosed with cancer. This booklet is for you if: you’ve been told that your cancer treatment may affect your heart; you have a heart condition and need cancer treatment; you’d like to find out how you can improve the health of your heart before, during and after cancer treatment.

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about looking after someone who has cancer. It explains: what it means to be a carer; who can help support you and the person you care forl the practical, emotional and financial issues you may face, and how to cope with them; ways you can help the person you care for manage symptoms or side effects; how to look after yourself.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An overview of some of the more common side-effects that might happen with cancer treatments: bone marrow and blood, fatigue, mouth problems, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation, eating problems, skin, fertility, sex life, hormonal changes. The booklet suggests ways of dealing with them.

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Help with the cost of cancer in England, Scotland and Wales (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This easy to use booklet contains up-to-date information about benefits and other sources of financial help for people affected by cancer.

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End of life (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it.

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Cancer and pregnancy (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support, Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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Permanent seed brachytherapy (January 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how permanent seed brachytherapy may be used to treat prostate cancer, who can have it, the advantages and disadvantages, what happens after treatment, and the possible side effects. It does not describe external beam radiotherapy or high dose rate brachytherapy.

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Travel and cancer (April 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people with cancer who would like to travel. It covers issues such as insurance, vaccinations and immunisations, avoiding health problems, taking care in the sun, taking medicines abroad, and stoma care. Includes details of useful organisations.

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End of life [Urdu] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Welsh] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Hindi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version. 

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End of life [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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End of life [Polish] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Russian] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Punjabi] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Bengali] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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End of life [Gujarati] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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End of life [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.  

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End of life [Chinese, Traditional] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes English language version.

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Ben's stem cell transplant. A children’s guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplant (June 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet is for children who need a stem cell transplant. Using the story of Ben it explains what stem cells are, what the treatment involves, what happens in hospital and going home.

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My child has a brain or spinal tumour. A guide for parents and carers (January 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet has detailed information for parents whose child has a brain or spinal tumour. It covers the typical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, the treatment options, clinical trials, supportive care during treatment, and ongoing needs after therapy. Appendices include the structure and function of the brain, a glossary of terms, support groups and useful sources of information.

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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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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation (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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Pensions (April 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet will help people affected by cancer to review their pension arrangements (state, occupational, personal). It covers protecting pension rights, taking pension income, and protecting survivors.

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The facts about HPV (2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A short film about HPV to dispel some of the myths surrounding the virus. It is hoped that it will help more people understand what the virus is, who can get it, how it can affect them, and what they can do to best protect themselves from cervical cancer. 

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Having a bad hair day (2017)

Davison CC

“Tomorrow, you will feel a little bit better.” From a loving childhood, belonging to a large family with no history of breast cancer, Clare was alarmed at age 42 to accidentally discover she had the disease. As a self-employed single mum, Clare documents her memoirs of personal experience and knowledge of the cruel decisions made for the aggressive treatments and hair loss ahead. With an inner strength of humour, Clare’s first book includes her lunch arrangements with Peter Andre, a cake nationally released in her honour, an experience of public speaking, media attention and continued fundraising with a moving excerpt from her son. (Publisher)

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Big tree is sick (2017)

Slosse N, Del Moral R (illustrator), Smid E (translator)

Snibbles and Big Tree are best friends! They have always hung out together, and Snibbles loves Big Tree very much. When Big Tree unexpectedly falls ill with woodworm, Snibbles is very upset and angry. The illness is a very bad one and Big Tree does not feel well and doesn't want to play for a long time. Poor Snibbles! He wants Big Tree to get better, but he feels as if there is nothing he can do. What can Snibbles and his friends do to help Big Tree through his treatment and recovery? This beautifully illustrated storybook describes the anger and emotion that many children encounter when a close relative or friend is diagnosed with a long-term illness, such as cancer. The story of Big Tree depicts how things are often out of your control and sets out effective strategies for dealing with these emotions. This story features loveable characters and vivid illustrations, as well as activities for children aged 5+ to complete with their parents or professionals in times of illness and loss. (Publisher)

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Your smear test results (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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Bone health (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes why bone health is important, the factors that affect the bones (including cancer treatments) and has guidance on how to maintain bone health (diet, physical activity). It also covers treatments, such as bisphosphonates. It does not cover problems related to primary or secondary bone cancer.

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How to do the bowel screening test (January 2017)

Cancer Research UK

A short factsheet containing simple instructions and helpful hints on how to use a bowel screening kit. 

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Understanding advanced melanoma (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people with advanced (metastatic or secondary) melanoma. The booklet describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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Understanding breast screening (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help women understand why breast screening is carried out, the methods used, and what happens if an abnormality is detected. The advantages of screening as well as the difficulties are described. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Understanding donor stem cell (allogeneic) transplants (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplants, which may be used to treat lymphoma, leukaemia, or myeloma. It describes what they are, why they are used, the treatment steps, preparing for treatment, collecting stem cells, the side-effects, and life after treatment. Includes details of other useful organisations and resources.

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