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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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All to live for. Fighting cancer. Finding hope. (2017)

Headline

In 2005 Emma Hannigan was 32, happily married to her long-time love, with two young children. Her world was shattered when she discovered that she had the rare gene BRCA1, meaning a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 85% chance of breast cancer. To reduce the risk, Emma had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, but in 2007 received the news that cancer had struck anyway. Twelve years later, Emma is battling cancer for the tenth time. With warmth and wisdom, she shares her journey and her advice on everything from skincare and hair loss to how to keep a sense of humour through it all. All to Live For is a story of one woman's determination not to let cancer win; a story of strength and inspiration, hope and love. And of never giving up. (Publisher)

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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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Obtaining prescription supplies (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

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

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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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Chemo summer. An uplifting breast cancer experience (2017)

Austin Macauley

In Chemo Summer Jane Hoggar takes the reader through a light-hearted and informative account of her discovery of breast cancer and its cure. Cancer of any description has the capacity to chill those it affects and their loved ones. But for Jane Hoggar early discovery and diagnosis provided for a satisfactory resolution. And it's these small details that might well help people in a similar situation. For example, Jane did not discover a lump, which is the usual thing in breast cancer, but a sag' when she raised her arms and it was her insistence that something was wrong that resulted in a vital early medical diagnosis. All the side issues are covered in the book, effects of chemo and radiotherapy, hair loss and wigs, changes in diet and exercise, making Chemo Summer a valuable and engaging look into a serious and often frightening subject. (Publisher)

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Prostate cancer. Asking the right questions (2017)

Fertile Ground Press

During my journey with prostate cancer, I learned that the medical community was selling and I was buying. With prostate cancer you are a consumer, and it is essential that you are aware of the following: 1. Prostate cancer is not just a disease; it is big business. 2. There is no single preferred treatment endorsed by the medical community. 3. There are new lower risk treatments and diagnostic capabilities that many doctors are unaware of or ignore. 4. You must be prepared to ask the right questions to increase your chance of having a good outcome. There are no easy answers when it comes to prostate cancer, but asking informed questions will help light your way, and hopefully either affirm your choices or lead you to a good decision. Read the book, use the prostate cancer check list as a guide, and become your own advocate. Remember, your doctors and your friends will not live with the consequences of your treatment. This burden will be born by you and you alone. Be sure to ask the right questions before selecting a form of treatment. (Author)

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Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain (2017)

Health Press

All health professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months. This fully updated fourth edition of Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain, written by two internationally renowned experts in the field, is designed to bring busy health professionals up to speed with the latest information in this area, including: easy-to-read overviews of pain mechanisms; a practical approach to pain assessment; developments in stepped care and multimodal management; the latest thinking on opioids. With health services around the world responding to calls to improve the management of painful long-term conditions, develop preventive and cost-effective solutions, and respond to patient choice and voice, this easy-to-read fact-packed book is essential reading for all GPs, nurses, junior hospital doctors, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, medical specialists and medical students wanting – and needing – to know more. (Publisher)

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Love, light and mermaid tails. One woman's healing journey back to wholeness through stage four cancer (2017)

Fi Munro

In January 2016, at the age of 30, Fi Munro was diagnosed with non-genetic stage four ovarian cancer. In that moment, after months of pain, tests and assurances that it was ‘nothing to worry about’, her instincts were proved right and her worst fears were realised. In the months that followed, understanding her diagnosis, recovery and health became her full-time job. Using her expertise as a researcher she dedicated her time to understanding everything she could about her diagnosis and subsequent prognosis. In this honest, open and often tear-jerking account of her journey back to wholeness, Fi openly shares her story from diagnosis with stage four ‘terminal’ cancer to living an incredible, healthy life full of joy and laughter. This book is a guide for anyone, not just those with cancer, who wants to embrace a happier, healthier and more caring approach to their life. May it bring you hope, peace and, above all, joy. (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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Employment and returning to work (2017)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet aims to give employers and employees the tools to better manage planning for long-term sick leave, returning to work and applying for a new job. 

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Fast facts: Prostate cancer (2017)

Health Press

Prostate cancer is a fast-changing field, and recent advances have significantly improved both the survival and quality of life of many men diagnosed with the disease. As well as providing comprehensive information on the diagnosis, staging and management of the disease, the eighth edition of this ever-popular handbook is an invaluable update on new developments, including: evidence for the debate surrounding PSA screening; a better understanding of molecular and genetic advances; the latest methods of delivering radiotherapy; new drug treatments for castrate-resistant prostate cancer; and survivorship issues. This superbly illustrated handbook is a practical resource for all those who provide support and care for men with prostate cancer - including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals - as well as a refreshingly readable source of information for patients wanting to know more about their condition and its treatment. (Publisher)

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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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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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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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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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Understanding skin cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet deals with the two common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (also called rodent ulcer) and squamous cell carcinoma - and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It includes details of useful organisations.

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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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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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Brain tumours (June 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what a brain tumour is, and describes the signs and symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Checking your bowel is healthy. The NHS bowel scope test for people who are 55 years old [Easy read] (January 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This easy read booklet tells you how to keep your bowel healthy and decide whether to have the NHS bowel scope test.

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Breast awareness and screening (May 2017)

Action Cancer

This leaflet describes when and how to check the breasts for changes and what to look for. It briefly explains what a mammogram is. Contains information on local services and describes the work of Action Cancer in Northern Ireland.

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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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Dear cancer, love Victoria: a mum’s diary of hope (2017)

Trapeze (Orion)

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

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

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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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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Large granular lymphocytic leukaemia (July 2017)

Bloodwise

Large granular lymphocytic leukaemia (LGLL) is a type of blood cancer and a rare form of leukaemia. This factsheet describes the causes, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. 

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Breast care and self examination (December 2017)

Women's Health Concern

This factsheet has been designed to help women understand more about their breasts and describes regular self-examination, the breast awareness five point code, breast pain, and nipple changes. It also has brief information on breast lumps, breast cancer, and breast screening.

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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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Monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS) (July 2017)

Bloodwise

Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is a condition that occurs when your plasma cells develop in an unusual way in your bone marrow. MGUS itself is generally a harmless blood condition, however a small number of people with MGUS go on to develop blood cancer. 

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Bowel health and screening: carers guide. A booklet for carers of people who use easy read materials [Scotland] (November 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

Carers can play an important role in helping people make the best choices about their health. This booklet will help you talk with the person or people you support, about keeping their bowel healthy and getting their bowel checked. 

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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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Bowel health and the bowel screening test in Scotland [Easy read] (November 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

An easy read booklet on bowel health and the bowel test kit in Scotland.

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Understanding chronic myeloid leukaemia (July 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has detailed information about chronic myeloid leukaemia, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. It also covers issues such as fertility and feelings, and includes details of useful organisations, and websites.

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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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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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Capecitabine (Xeloda®) [Turkish] (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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Capecitabine (Xeloda®) [Urdu] (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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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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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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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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Imatinib [Czech] (2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Imatinib is a cancer growth inhibitor. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and possible side-effects.

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FEC-T chemotherapy [Romanian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information describes the FEC-T chemotherapy regimen, which is used to treat breast cancer. It describes the drugs used, how treatment is given, and some of the possible side-effects.

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