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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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Financial support - benefits [Chinese, Traditional] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits. Includes the English-language version.. 

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (February 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Stem cell transplant. A guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplantation for teenagers and young adults (February 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This guide describes stem cells and explains what a stem cell transplantation is, why it might be necessary, and the different types of transplants. It also describes the process of finding a donor, the pre-transplant operation, the transplant team, what to bring to hospital, preparing to receive a bone marrow transplant, what happens during the transplant and afterwards, the side-effects, getting ready to go home and getting back to normal. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary.

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Colonoscopy through the stoma - a patient's perspective (June 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet describes how a colonoscopy through the stoma is carried out, the preparation beforehand (bowel cleansing), what happens afterwards and the possible risks. It also explains what polyps are.

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Coping with advanced cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have cancer that has come back or spread. This is sometimes called advanced cancer. It looks at some of the concerns you may be dealing with and has advice about ways of coping. It also talks about treatments and your feelings and has practical information about getting help and support.

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Understanding cancer of unknown primary (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information about cancer of unknown primary (CUP). This booklet explains what CUP is and why the primary cancer cannot be found, and describes how it is diagnosed, the tests that might be carried out, and the treatment options. It also covers coping with CUP, feelings, and financial help.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Northern Ireland (November 2019)

Carers Northern Ireland

Guidance and advice for carers in Northern Ireland. This guide is designed to outline the support available and your rights as a carer. 

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I have finished my treatment. What happens next (November 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet for children and teenagers aged 10-16 aims to help answer questions and concerns that arise when treatment for cancer finishes. It covers feelings and emotions, coping with worry, coping with family and friends, school and college, healthy living, and practical issues such as what happens at follow-up, medicines, and what to look out for.

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Talking about cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking about cancer. It is for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis. It explains: the benefits of talking about cancer; how to overcome the things that make talking difficult; how to deal with other people’s reactions. It also has practical tips for talking and asking for support.

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Clinical trials (January 2019)

Kidney Cancer UK

Factsheet with information about clinical trials. It describes the different phases of trials, who conducts trials and where they take place and has advice about deciding whether to participate.

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Feel more like you. Expert advice on caring for your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how certain cancer treatments can cause changes to your appearance. It is for people who have had changes to their skin, nails and hair because of cancer treatment. It gives advice on how to manage these changes to help you feel more like you again. We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have. 

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Your smear test results [Urdu] (2019)

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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Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults (May 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children who may be donating bone marrow or stem cells to a sibling. It describes stem cells and stem cell transplants, why a transplant is needed, the types of transplants, the selection process, tissue typing, harvesting the bone marrow (including the risks and side-effects), and what happens if the transplant is unsuccessful. It also covers issues such as consent, what to take into hospital, and changes to sibling relationships. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary of terms.

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Planning ahead. Thinking about your care and wishes ahead of time (July 2019)

Marie Curie

You may not feel like planning when you’re ill, but thinking about the future now and making your wishes known will help you feel more in control. It can also help those close to you handle your affairs if you aren’t able to. This booklet has information about some of the things you might want to think about, like deciding where and how you want to be cared for, or making a Will. 

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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Having cancer affects all areas of your life, including the way you feel. This booklet is about the main emotions that many people with cancer have. This may be after diagnosis, during treatment or after treatment has ended.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales (November 2019)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Want to cut your cancer risk? (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes six ways you can help reduce your cancer risk: be smoke free; cut down on booze; keep a healthy weight; think about what's on your plate; get moving; stay safe in the sun.

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Your smear test results [Polish] (2019)

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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Burkitt lymphoma (April 2019)

Bloodwise

Burkitt lymphoma is a fast-growing form of blood cancer that can affect adults and children. This fact sheet explains what Burkitt lymphoma is, how it’s diagnosed and treated in adults, and where to go for more support. 

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Cancer and your sex life (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life. It is for anyone who needs information about this before, during or after cancer treatment. This information is for you whether or not you are in a relationship or having sex. We hope you find it helpful whatever your sexual orientation or gender. 

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Colostomy irrigation. An introduction (July 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains the advantages and disadvantages of colostomy irrigation as an alternative to a stoma pouch. It describes who can and cannot irrigate, when irrigation can start, how it is taught, the equipment and supplies required, and how to irrigate.

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Myeloma. An introduction (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides a brief overview of myeloma, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and management.

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Getting care and support. A guide for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends (April 2019)

Marie Curie

This guide is for people living with a terminal illness and their friends and family. It aims to helps you explore your care options. It explains what care may be available, what you can expect from it, and who to ask for help.

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Donating stem cells (July 2019)

Bloodwise

This fact sheet is for people who may be chosen to donate stem cells to someone else. It explains how stem cell transplants can help people with blood cancer, and what happens when you donate stem cells. 

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Financial support - help with costs (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Scotland (November 2019)

Carers Scotland

Guidance and advice for carers in Scotland. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Bortezomib (Velcade®) (January 2019)

Myeloma UK

Bortezomib, also known as Velcade®, is a proteasome inhibitor drug used in the treatment of myeloma. This factsheet describes what it is, how it works, how it is given, and possible side-effects.

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Understanding stomach cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. It talks about the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer and explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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Difficulty swallowing (February 2019)

Marie Curie

Having difficulty swallowing is a common problem for people living with a terminal illness. It can affect your ability to eat, drink and take medication, and this may be worrying for you and your family and friends. This booklet has information about how your healthcare team can help you, and what you can do to help yourself.

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Financial support - help with costs [Portuguese] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Looking after yourself. A guide for partners and family members (2019)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

Guidance for those caring for, or close to, someone living with an endocrine tumour.

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Letrozole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what letrozole (Femara®) is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken, and the possible side-effects.

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Working while caring for someone with cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Exemestane (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what exemestane is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and possible side effects. 

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Fatigue (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people with cancer have fatigue and this extreme tiredness is often called ‘cancer-related fatigue’. This factsheet answers the most common questions people ask about fatigue, including: what it is; why cancer causes fatigue; who gets it; how it feels; how long it lasts; how it is assessed; how it is treated; and how to cope.

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Applying for a blue badge. Exemption from Prescription Charges (November 2019)

Mesothelioma UK

This leaflet describes how to apply for a blue badge. It also explains that prescription charges were abolished for cancer patients in 2009.

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How will a colostomy affect me? Information for patients before stoma surgery (August 2019)

Colostomy UK

This booklet seeks to answer the many questions and concerns that patietns or a family member or carer might have about a colostomy. 

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A story about cancer (with a happy ending) (2019)

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she's got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point… the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It's about life, love, and especially, hope. (Publisher) 

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Anastrazole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains briefly what Arimidex® is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken and the possible side-effects.

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What is lymphoma? (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

An overview of how cancer develops and what lymphoma is. 

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Complementary therapies (August 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the complementary therapies that are most commonly used by people with ovarian cancer, how they can help to manage treatment side effects and improve quality of life.

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Talking to your family and friends (August 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the issues raised among family members, children and friends when someone is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It also gives sources of help and support.

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Going back to work (March 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the experience of returning to work after an ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, the importance of talking to your employer as soon as possible, your rights under the law and what to expect from your employer. 

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Targeted therapies (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information about targeted therapies that can be used to treat ovarian cancer. It describes how they are used, their risks and benefits and how to access them. 

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Clinical trials (January 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet gives information about how clinical trials are conducted and about taking part in trials that test new treatments for ovarian cancer.

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Ibrutinib (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes the use of ibrutinib for the treatment of certain types of lymphoma (relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma; relapsed or refractory CLL; CLL and a 17p deletion). It covers what ibrutinib is, who can have it and who cannnot, its benefits, how it is given, side effects and precautions while being treated.

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Make time for breast screening [Farsi] (2019)

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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Talking with someone who has cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking with someone who has cancer. It is for anyone who wants to support someone with cancer, including carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how to talk to and support someone who has cancer.  

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Having a stem cell transplant (July 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Stem cell transplants are an intensive form of treatment that involve a number of steps. This factsheet outlines the main steps in self (autologous) and donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplants: Preparation; Collecting the stem cells; High-dose anti-cancer therapy (conditioning); Stem cell infusion; Waiting for your blood counts to recover (engraftment).

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