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The web Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer is regularly updated and currently has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. Most have been published in the last five years but we have included some older ones that are still useful.

Results: 1610

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The facts about bowel cancer [England] (August 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for England.   

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Eating well. Living with bowel cancer (June 2017)

Beating Bowel Cancer

Food and diet can cause problems following treatment for bowel cancer. This booklet describes the side-effects of treatment (sore mouth, dry mouth, wind, nausea and vomiting) and suggests ways to help deal with them. It also has practical advice about maintaining a healthy diet, living with a colostomy, work and social life, travel and eating out.

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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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Guide to cancer resources in other languages (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A list of cancer resources that have been translated into other languages.

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Regaining bowel control after bowel cancer treatment (May 2017)

Beating Bowel Cancer

Regaining bowel control can be one of the biggest challenges that you face after surgery for bowel cancer. In this booklet we explain approaches you can take and the support available to you. 

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Your operation. Bowel cancer surgery (May 2017)

Beating Bowel Cancer

This illustrated booklet provides clear information on the different forms of surgery available to people with bowel cancer, plus useful tips on preparing for hospital and returning home.

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Inflammatory breast cancer (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet describes inflammatory breast cancer, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, treatment options and coping with the condition.

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Welcome to the Pink Ladies Club. Fighting breast cancer and finding friends (2017)

Bates K

Karen Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine screening. In this frank and heartfelt memoir, she shares her story and tips for surviving breast cancer, chemotherapy and reconstruction surgery. (Publisher)

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A younger woman's guide to ovarian cancer (May 2017)

Ovacome, Ovarian Cancer Action, Target Ovarian Cancer, The Eve Appeal

A guide for younger women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was developed through consultation with women who have had ovarian cancer. Highly commended in the 2016 British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. 

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Secondary breast cancer in the brain (June 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the brain that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the brain is, what the symptoms are, and the investigations. Briefly outlines the treatment options. Lists useful organisations.

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The cancer-fighting kitchen. Nourishing, big-flavor recipes for cancer treatment and recovery (2017)

Katz R, Edelson M

This new and revised edition of the IACP award-winning cookbook brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal, through 150 new and updated recipes. Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, taste bud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Blending fantastic taste and meticulous science, these recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, proteins, and sweet and savory snacks are rich in the nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals that help patients thrive during treatment. This second edition also includes a dozen new recipes--many of which are simpler and less complicated, for cancer patients to prepare on their low days--as well as a list of cancer-fighting foods that can be incorporated into everyday life without stepping behind the stove. Rebecca has also revised the text with the most up-to-date scientific research and includes a section on how friends and family can build a culinary support team. (Publisher) 

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Understanding oesophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet) (November 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help understanding of cancer of the oesophagus. It includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, the stages, and treatment options (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy). It also explores emotions, talking to children, self-help, and sources of support. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources .

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What is bowel cancer? What it is, who’s at risk and what to look out for (September 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

A simple A5 sized leaflet outlining what bowel cancer is, who's at risk and what symptoms to look out for.  

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Thyroid cancer. For patients, by patients (2017)

British Thyroid Foundation

This booklet provides information about the different types of thyroid cancer, and the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It includes quotes from people who have had thyroid cancer, answers to frequently asked questions, a glossary, and a checklist for use during treatment.

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Diet and breast cancer (September 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people having treatment for, or recovering from, breast cancer. It explains what is meant by a healthy diet and what to do if the effects of treatment cause problems such as changes in appetite or taste, nausea, sore mouth, constipation or diarrhoea. It also covers weight gain, weight loss, bone health, dietary supplements, phyto-oestrogens, alcohol, and complementary and alternative diets such as the Bristol diet, dairy-free diets and macrobiotics. Also available as an e-book (Kindle, Kobe or Sony Reader)

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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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The PSA test and prostate cancer. A quick guide (January 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A pocket-sized leaflet for men who want to find out about the PSA test. It describes the test and explains how it can be used to diagnose prostate cancer and other prostate problems.

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Breast cancer in younger women (July 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explores the feelings and experiences of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, covering topics such as treatment, physical effects, relationships, finding support, and practical issues. Individual women share their thoughts and experiences.

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Secondary breast cancer in the lung (July 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with secondary lung cancer that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the lung is, the symptoms and how they can be managed, the investigations that may be needed, and the treatment options. Support organisations are listed.

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You just hear that word cancer and you just can’t take it (2017)

Primrose L

Written as a diary, Lisa Primrose goes through the lows and highs of her experiences after being diagnosed with cancer. She takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster: always positive but not afraid to give the reader a ‘warts and all' description of events. Her interactions with the Health Service are invariably good but she only gets the best out of the system by having a positive attitude to her condition no matter how physically disabling the symptoms are. (Publishers)

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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer [Audio CD] (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet. Offers advice and guidance to anyone affected by cancer who may feel lonely or isolated. It discusses the feelings and emotions that may arise from a cancer diagnosis and has advice on talking to others, taking control of the situation, self-help, depression, and professional help. It has details of resources and organisations that can help.

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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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Fertility and breast cancer treatment (April 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women who are concerned about the effects of breast cancer treatment on fertility.

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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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Laughing at cancer. How to heal with love, laughter and mindfulness (2017)

Ben-Moshe R

Laughing at cancer is a unique book based on a series of journals following the author's shock diagnosis of bowel cancer at 43. Brimming with humour, insight and sensitivity, it explores how we talk about and view illness, and how changing your mindset can do wonders on the journey to health. Through explanations of mindful healing techniques and the power of laughter, Laughing at cancer is both a touching memoir and powerful healing guide for anyone undergoing a significant health or life challenge, and not specifically cancer. Wellbeing and mindfulness healing techniques at the conclusion of each chapter empower readers and provide strategies to enhance resilience - a factor often diminished by ill health. (Publisher)

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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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Cancer was my companion. A memoir (2017)

Brown DI

This is the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality. Originally diagnosed with colon cancer, he fought to survive the treatment, only to find that the disease had spread to his liver. Further surgery saved his life again. It was an experience that helped him realise what he thought he already knew, but really didn’t: that he could die. David I Brown writes with both sensitivity and raging anger. It is an unusual mixture of styles with plenty of black humour peppered in between. Drawing on his keen observations, Brown explains the medical processes he underwent from diagnosis through treatment to recovery and provides us with a harsh but beautifully fierce – almost surreal – understanding of his emotional journey. (Publisher)

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Recipes for people affected by cancer [In press] (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Guidance on eating a healthy diet and coping with poor appetite and weight loss, with plenty of recipes for people living with cancer or those caring for them.

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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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My child has finished treatment. What happens next? A guide to follow-up and adjusting to normal life for parents and carers whose child or teenager has finished treatment for cancer (July 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet for the parents and carers of children with cancer aims to help answer some of the many questions that arise when treatment finishes. It discusses feelings and emotions, practical issues, school, and moving on.

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

Hannigan E

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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Spotting cancer early saves lives. Information for men (November 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for men highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out. 

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A laryngectomee's travel guide to the British Isles (2017)

Cantlie P

This booklet has details of hospitals believed to handle emergencies of the type that laryngectomees may suffer. It includes flash cards (English, French, Spanish, and German) to help a voiceless laryngectomee indicate what the problem is.

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Spotting cancer. early saves live. Information for women (November 2017)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for women highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out.

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

Munro F

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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NHS cancer services for teenagers and young adults (February 2017)

NHS England, Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent

A summary of the general standards of care that teenagers and young people can expect from the NHS.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV). The facts (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about HPV, high risk HPV and cervical cancer, contracting high risk HPV and how to reduce your risk. It also describes the services that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust offers to anyone concerned about HPV, cervical screening, cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer.

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Abnormal cervical screening results. The facts (May 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about abnormal cervical screening results in the UK. It also describes briefly the type of abnormal screening results, further tests, and treatment for abnormal cells. It also describes the services that Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust offers to anyone just diagnosed with cervical abnormalities.

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Cervical screening. The facts (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about cervical screening. It also describes briefly what happens during cervical screening and who is invited for screening, and has tips for coping if you are nervous or worried.

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Large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone), which may be carried out after an abnormal cervical smear.

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HPV vaccine (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes HPV (human papillomavirus) and how the vaccine works. It explains where girls can get the vaccine, how effective it is and the possible side effects.

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HPV testing (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

HPV (human papillomavirus) testing has been introduced in the UK as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme. This booklet describes what HPV is, how it is transmitted, how the test is carried out and what happens if the result is positive.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what HPV (human papillomavirus) is and the link with cervical cancer. It describes how HPV is transmitted, how to reduce the risk, and testing for HPV.

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Cervical screening (smear test) (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet explains what cervical screening is, who is eligible, the test itself, and what happens if the result is abnormal.

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Prostate biopsy results: PIN and ASAP (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intrapeithelial neoplasia (PIN) or atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) after having a prostate biopsy. It explains what ASAP and 'high-grade' PIN are and how they might be monitored.

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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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Life after cancer treatment (June 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who are preparing for life after treatment. It has information on follow-up care, managing treatment effects and making healthy lifestyle changes.

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Fertility. Support for young people affected by cancer (July 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for teenagers and young adults who have, or have had, cancer and who are worried about effects on their fertility.

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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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