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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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Financial support - help with costs [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Jess's bone marrow donation. A children's guide to bone marrow donation (January 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

A colourful booklet for young children who are preparing to donate bone marrow. It explains what bone marrow is and describes what happens to Jess in hospital before, during and after the operation and when she goes home.

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All that followed. A story of cancer, kids and the fear of leaving too soon (2018)

Mirror Books

With four children (three of them triplets!) and a relationship break-up to contend with, some things get a little lost in the mix. Like symptoms. Emma Campbell bravely and honestly offers heartfelt thoughts on what happens when cancer becomes an unwelcome guest at an already crowded party. She shares her own terror and pain, mixed with the heartwarming and unexpected. The extraordinary kindness of people and the gritty detail of battling a life-threatening illness, all while being a single mum to four children. She opens up about her angels and demons, losing and then finding love again, a constant fear of death mixed with the joy and relief of living, the anxiety of cancer returning - then facing it when it does. This book has grown from Emma's blog Me And My Four. Eager to share with her followers in more detail, the secrets, the fears, the triumphs and the terrors that she faces each day, in a life as unpredictable as your own... (Publisher)

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Tamoxifen (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what tamoxifen is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Large print] (November 2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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The essential guide to testicular cancer (2018)

Need2Know

This book has been written with the average reader in mind; all the information compiled is easy to understand and directed to a public that may be diagnosed with or fear the diagnosis of testicular cancer. The volume walks the reader through each step, starting from the self-examination all the way through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and returning back to normal after the fight. By reading through this book, readers will gain a better understanding of the condition and will have all the information necessary to empower themselves to fight the cancer successfully and react appropriately to the changes that are about to come. Readers affected by testicular cancer, either directly or if you have a friend/family member who have been diagnosed; this book will be there to guide them every step of the way. (Publisher)

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Feeling and being sick (August 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for anyone who would like to find out more about feeling and being sick when you have pancreatic cancer. It explains what causes sickness and the treatments available that can help you. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Scotland (October 2018)

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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The essential guide to cervical cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Awareness of cervical cancer has grown in recent years and many women are looking to find out more. It is estimated that 3,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with the cancer each year. This book aims to help women of all ages find out more about testing for cervical cancer, understanding how important it is to go for regular check-ups and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges cervical cancer can bring. Written in a sensitive, straightforward manner, the book guides women through the entire process from check-ups to diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. There is also an extensive list of sources of help and support. If you’re supporting a partner, daughter or friend through cervical cancer, or just want to know more about gynaecological health and check-ups, this guide will provide you with the sound, sensitive advice you need. (Publisher)

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Capecitabine (Xeloda) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains briefly what capecitabine (Xeloda®) is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and possible side-effects.

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Breast reconstruction (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for women considering breast reconstruction after breast surgery to treat breast cancer.

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Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer and who are experiencing side-effects after treatment has ended.

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Help with health costs (August 2018)

Age UK

Most NHS services are free but there are charges for prescriptions, dental treatment, sight tests, glasses and contact lenses and wigs and fabric supports. This factsheet explains how the NHS Low Income Scheme helps people on a low income with charges and the cost of travelling to receive NHS treatment.  The factsheet explains what you are entitled to if you: are aged 60 and over; receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Simplified] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Understanding infection (May 2018)

Bloodwise

If you have blood cancer or a related blood condition, you could be at greater risk of infection. This factsheet will help you understand infection and know what to do if you have an infection. It explains what infection is, what causes it, the different types and who is at risk, and describes the symptoms, treatments and how to reduce your risk.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Paget's disease of the breast (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of Paget's disease of the breast, including what it is, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and the treatment options.

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Dear cancer. A diary of hope to help you through (2018)

Trapeze

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 this book 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. y 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. (Publisher)

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Make time for breast screening [Urdu] (2018)

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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Complementary therapies, relaxation and wellbeing (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about relaxation and wellbeing during and after breast cancer treatment. It looks at complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and massage. It also describes some popular relaxation techniques, including meditation and mindfulness, and has information on yoga, Thai Chi and Chi Gung. It discusses why people might use these complementary therapies and relaxation techniques after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and what they may need to think about before trying them. It also explains what herbal medicines and homeopathy are. 

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Death and the elephant. How cancer saved my life (2018)

Unbound

12 June 1995. On his twenty-eighth birthday, Raz Shaw was a directionless gambling addict doing a telesales job that was eating up every trace of what soul he had left. The next day he would be diagnosed with stage 4 sclerosing mediastinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the large cell type. As he tells it, cancer saved his life. He was given the all-clear in March 1996, and stopped gambling for good that April. After a year away recuperating, he turned his back on the highly paid job that had devoured him and re-assimilated himself into the world of theatre that had once made him feel so alive. It took him a long time to realise quite how much these recoveries were bound up with one another – now he is ready to tell his story. Death and the Elephant is a memoir of living through and beyond illness and addiction. Blessed with the ability to find humour even in life’s darkest moments, Raz charts his struggles with irreverence and unflinching perspective. This is his story, but it’s also a universal one – an honest, funny, sometimes raw, and often inappropriate glimpse into the mind of a young man dealing with a life-threatening illness in the only way he knows how: by laughing in its face. (Publisher)

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Make time for breast screening [Arabic] (2018)

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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Make time for breast screening [Polish] (2018)

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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Patient guide. End of life care (July 2018)

Brainstrust

One in a series of eight leaflets that form the Brain Tumour Patient Guide.

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Breast screening. 10 minutes could save your life [Easy read] (2018)

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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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England [Gujarati] (October 2018)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available. Includes the English-language version.

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When someone dies. A step-by-step guide to what to do (August 2018)

Age UK

Practical information about what to do when someone dies, and where to go for advice. 

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Waldenstrom macroglobulinaemia (WM) (November 2018)

Bloodwise

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a slow-growing and rare form of blood cancer. It happens when certain blood cells called plasma cells develop in an unusual way in your bone marrow. This fact sheet explains what WM is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and suggests where to go for more information. 

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The lymphatic system (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system, which helps protect you from infection. This page tells you about the different parts of the lymphatic system and what they do.

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Having a smear test [Easy read] (2018)

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. 

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Breast screening. An easy guide for women aged 50 and over (February 2018)

Public Health England

This illustrated leaflet is aimed at women with a learning difficulty. It explains the importance of breast screening and what will happen before, during, and after the screen.

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Managing sickness and vomiting (September 2018)

Bloodwise

Some blood cancers and treatments for blood cancer can make you feel sick and sometimes be sick (vomit). This factsheet will help you to understand why this can happen, what to do if it does happen, and the range of treatments that can help. 

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F*** you cancer. How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourself (2018)

Vermilion

You are stronger than you know, more positive than you ever thought and you can still LIVE with cancer. Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day... Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to go and do one! Whilst this book doesn’t advocate throwing all advice down the kitchen sink, it will empower you to do things your way as you navigate the big C roller coaster. Deborah James, campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, will take you through every twist and turn, reminding you that it’s okay to feel one hundred different things in the space of a minute and showing you how you can still live your life and BE YOURSELF with cancer. Taking you from diagnosis (welcome to the club you never wanted to join), to coping with family and friends (can everyone just fuck off sometimes?!), looking good and feeling better (drink the wine), and celebrating milestones along the way (drink more wine!), this inspiring cancer coach in a book will transform your outlook and encourage you to shout #FUCKYOUCANCER as loudly as you can! (Publisher)

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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The complete guide to breast cancer: how to feel empowered and take control (2018)

Vermilion

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment; coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer; frank advice about sex and relationships; staying healthy during and after treatment; dealing with the fear of recurrence; living with secondary breast cancer. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Understanding non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope; this includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Simplified] (2018)

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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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

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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Understanding muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope. This includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Stronger than before. Take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer (2018)

Hay House

Stronger than before is the book Alison Porter went looking for when she first learned she had breast cancer. It's a practical handbook to guide you - and your friends and family - through every stage of the illness, from early diagnosis to treatment choices, and ultimately to a life beyond cancer. In this book, you'll discover: the different types of breast cancer, what to ask your doctor and how to make the choices that are right for you; self-help techniques on every level - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to support you through treatment and recovery; how to view your illness as a catalyst for post-traumatic growth, and move on with your life with greater meaning and purpose; your options for reconstruction and how to maintain a cancer-preventative lifestyle; advice for friends and family, so they can be truly helpful in how they offer you support. Written by a breast cancer survivor and thriver, Stronger than before contains invaluable information, guidance and tips, as well as tools and techniques to help you emerge from this life-changing experience healthier, more purposeful and stronger than before. (Publisher)

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Your operation and recovery (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides information for anyone going into hospital for breast cancer surgery. It describes what may happen before admission, what to take into hospital, what happens before and after surgery, what to expect after surgery (normal changes, possible problems) and leaving hospital and recovering from surgery. Includes details of further support and useful organisations.

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Understanding your pathology results (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains the information in a pathology report for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the terms used and what the information means, and also suggests questions that women may want to ask their doctor.

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Thinking about end of life. Finding support and getting your affairs in order (May 2018)

Age UK

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed can help people consider all their options at a time that’s right for them. This guide will make suggestions about the options and services available to help people make the best choices. It will explain how to make wishes and treatment preferences known, and help peole consider where they would like to be looked after towards the end of life.

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What to do when someone dies. A practical guide (July 2018)

Bereavement Advice Centre

Guidance on what to do when someone dies.

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet answers questions about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It also covers feelings, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and resources.

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How will a colostomy affect me? Information for patients before stoma surgery (February 2018)

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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Understanding lymphoedema (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about lymphoedema. It is for anyone who has lymphoedema, or is at risk of developing it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema and how you may be able to reduce your risk of it developing. It 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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