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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: 1682

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Breast cancer and hair loss (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

Many people will lose either some or all of their hair as a result of treatment for breast cancer. For some, this is the most distressing side effect of treatment. Some people find that being prepared for hair loss before it occurs helps them cope better when it happens. This booklet explains how you may lose your hair and the effect it can have. It looks at how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment and the different headwear you may want to try, including wigs and headscarves. It includes step-by-step guides to tying headscarves and tips on recreating the illusion of eyebrows and eyelashes. The final part of the booklet discusses what usually happens when your hair grows back and how to look after it.

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Cancer and genetics. How cancer sometimes runs in families (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who are worried that cancer might run in the family. It explains how genes work, the role of genes in the development of some cancers, how risk is inherited, and the role of genetic counselling and testing. It also includes information on preventing cancer and the role of genes in specific cancers (bowel, breast, ovarian). Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Menopausal symptoms and breast cancer (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment. It has advice on treatments (prescription drugs and complementary therapies) and practical measures for coping with hot flushes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, mood swings, joint pain and risk of osteoporosis. Includes details of further support.

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Tiredness (fatigue) and cancer (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. 

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Tiredness (fatigue) and cancer [Hungarian] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments.

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Treating primary breast cancer (December 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes the range of treatments that may be offered to women with newly diagnosed breast cancer.

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Regaining bowel control after bowel cancer treatment (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

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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Breast cancer [French] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Breast cancer during and after pregnancy (May 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women whose breast cancer has been diagnosed during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth. It describes how breast cancer is diagnosed in pregnancy and the treatment options. It also covers coping with the diagnosis and continuing with the pregnancy.

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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Bulgarian] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about what to expect when you find out you have cancer and where to get help and support.

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Cancer treatment and sepsis (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support|The UK Sepsis Trust

Having cancer and some cancer treatments can increase your risk of developing an infection and sepsis. This leaflet explains what sepsis is, when you need to contact your hospital team and what you can do to protect yourself. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Nepali] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.

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Life at home (2018)

BUPA

This booklet looks at some of the side-effects of different types of cancer treatments. It also offers ideas for small ways children may like to help out at home.  

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Visiting hospital (2018)

BUPA

This booklet explains types of treatment and some of the health professionals who are helping people with cancer to get better. 

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What does it mean? (2018)

BUPA

This booklet explains what cancer is and explores some common worries and feelings that children may have - reassuring them that however they react, it’s ok.

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Activity book (2018)

BUPA

An activity booklet to help occupy children at home or in hospital when someone they know has cancer.

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Lung cancer [Easy read] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An easy read booklet on the signs, symptoms, treatments and tests for lung cancer.  

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Breast cancer and you: coping with diagnosis, treatment and the future (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone who is dealing with a diagnosis of primary breast cancer and its treatment. It discusses the emotions that may arise, how to tell other people, how to find out more, making decisions about treatment, and the effects of treatment, and looks ahead to the time when treatment is finished.

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Cancer and older people (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is for older people living with cancer. It is aimed at people aged 70 and over, but people under the age of 70 might also find it useful. It explains the different types of treatment and support available. it also has information about living with cancer and other conditions.

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Caring for someone with a lung condition. Information for carers, family and friends (November 2018)

British Lung Foundation

Information and support for those caring for someone with a lung condition (not specifically lung cancer).

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Talking with your children about breast cancer (June 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what children of different ages can understand about a serious illness such as cancer and how they may respond to the news that someone in the family has breast cancer. Individual parents describe their experiences and the booklet has advice on what, when and how to tell children about the diagnosis.

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Primary breast cancer information pack (December 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This pack is for women who have been told they have primary (early) breast cancer. It includes information about breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatments.

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Eating after a duodenal stent (2018)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

This booklet has information about eating after insertion of a duodenal stent. It describes what to expect and the best foods to eat and avoid.

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Talking about cancer and your feelings [Easy read] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how you can talk about cancer and share your feelings about cancer. You can find out how talking about cancer can help you.

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Chemotherapy (August 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer, the advantages and disadvantages, what it involves, the possible side effects and what happens after treatment finishes.

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Are you worried about prostate cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Younger people with bowel cancer: a guide for the under 50s (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet is for people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50. It gives an introduction to how bowel cancer can affect your body, your emotions, your relationships and your everyday life. It includes the personal experiences of people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer at a younger age. There are links to more detailed information, contact details for organisations, and a glossary of the medical words used.

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Ask about your cancer treatment (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Over 50 questions about cancer treatment for people to ask their doctor, nurse or pharmacist. There is space to write a list of questions and make notes.

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Understanding lymphoedema [Audio CD] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook is about lymphoedema caused by cancer or cancer treatments. It describes what lymphoedema is and discusses its physical effects and treatments, as well as how to prevent it. It also has information about diet and emotional issues, particularly the impact of lymphoedema on body image and sexuality. 

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Are you worried about cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains what is known about the main causes of cancer and describes how to make the lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of cancer.

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Are you worried about ovarian cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of ovarian cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Your guide for the cancer journey. Cancer and its treatment (2018)

Sheldon Press

Advances in treatment mean that increasing numbers of people now survive cancer in the long term. This book examines the sophisticated medical choices available that help to boost life expectancy and how to maximize your chances of recovery. In this positive and comprehensive book, Mark Greener says, 'Your cancer journey is deeply personal, often difficult and at times frightening, but today's cutting-edge treatments can help you to live as full a life as possible, for as long as possible.' (Publisher)

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Understanding chemotherapy [Audio CD] (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which describes chemotherapy in detail, what it is, why and when it is given, how it is given, and the most common side-effects. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites, and a list of questions to ask about treatment.

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Are you worried about bowel cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains: what we know about the main causes of bowel cancer; what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

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Understanding gynaecological sarcomas (April 2018)

Sarcoma UK

This booklet is for anyone recently diagnosed with a gynaecological sarcoma. It explains what gynaecological sarcomas are, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options. It includes space to record details of your diagnosis, the names and contact details of your health care team, and your appointments.

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Cryotherapy (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how cryotherapy treats prostate cancer, what it involves, and the possible side effects.

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Breast cancer and how to spot it [Easy read] (2018)

Public Health England

Leaflet aimed at encouraging women over 70 to check their breasts regularly and to go to the doctor as soon as they notice any change.

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Understanding bowel cancer screening (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information and support for people who have had, or who are about to have, a bowel screening test. The booklet describes the bowel, bowel cancer, the faecal occult blood (FOB) test, further diagnostic tests (colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy), and the benefits and disadvantages of bowel cancer screening.

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Are you worried about breast cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains that it is not common for cancer to run in families, what is known about the main causes of breast cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Chinese, Simplified] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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The cancer guide (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people living with cancer, and their family, friends and carers. It aims to help you understand what cancer means and what to expect. It also explains where you can get more information and support.

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Secondary breast cancer information pack (April 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This pack is for anyone with secondary breast cancer. It may also be useful for family, friends, or carers. It contains information that may be useful from diagnosis throughout treatment and care. The pack has four main parts. 1. The first part of the pack explains what secondary breast cancer is, looks at treatments and side effects, and has information about monitoring and coping with the physical effects of your condition. 2. The second part is called Your needs and concerns with secondary breast cancer. This looks at how to make sure your needs are met, from emotional and practical needs to concerns about relationships, work and finances, and health and wellbeing. 3. Personal organiser to help you record symptoms or side effects from treatment, which you can take with you to hospital appointments. You can also record appointment details and names and contact details of people involved in your care. 4. A small booklet called Planning ahead: choices and decisions about the end of life is for if and when you want to start thinking about these things. 

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Understanding cervical cancer (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes cancer of the cervix, how it develops, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, further tests following diagnosis, and the treatment options. It also explores the emotional aspects. Includes details of the financial help and benefits available, and useful organisations

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Claiming benefits when you have cancer [Easy read] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An easy read booklet on claiming benefits when you have cancer.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Urdu] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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Understanding cancer of the ovary, fallopian tube and peritoneum (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer of the ovary, fallopian tube and peritoneum. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with one of these types of cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of these cancers, and  how they are diagnosed and treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. <!-- ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" ? -->

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Punjabi] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Portuguese] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Polish] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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