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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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How long have I got? The story of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient (2019)

Independently published

Suitcases filled with medication. Life and death situations. Multiple organ removal. Risking everything to stay alive just one more day. And people still moan to you when they have a cold. Welcome to the life of a ‘terminal’ cancer patient. In January 2016 thirty-year-old Fi Munro was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. Told from day one that her cancer was incurable and ‘terminal’, Fi faced unimaginable pain, heartache and suffering as the life she’d dreamed of was suddenly pulled away from her. Yet in the wake of this news she did not wallow. Instead she discovered a remarkable inner strength, resilience and, above all, a very dark sense of humour. Years later and she is still here, having outlived, in her opinion, two ‘very unreasonable’ prognoses. How Long Have I Got? is her inspiring story. Honest, open and often tear-jerking this is everything you wanted to know - and some stuff you’ll want to forget - about living with cancer and an important reminder that we are all terminal. Reading this will change your life forever. Fi Munro is a multi-award-winning researcher, author, blogger, speaker and mentor recognised internationally for her presentations and articles on her journey and the importance of holistic health. She has been featured in two BBC documentaries, in TV and radio shows, and in newspaper and magazine articles across the globe. Today she is healthier and happier than ever before and believes cancer saved her life. She is currently training to be a shaman and is excited for what the future holds. (Publisher)

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet explains what an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are, why people might want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up and ways to ensure other people know they exist. 

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The cancer roller coaster. How to manage the emotional and mental impact (2019)

Librotas

Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Juliette Chan had an unexpected birthday present: bowel cancer. Luckily, they caught it early, but once the treatment was over, the psychological side-effects surfaced. For many months, Juliette was adrift and felt lost. It seemed that everything in her life was up for review and she struggled to gain clarity about what to do next. There were many questions, such as: When will I feel normal again; Why am I not as motivated as before; Will the cancer come back; Why am I mentally exhausted. It took her a while to realise that the cancer had caused a whole load of losses: loss of trust in her body, self-image as a fit and healthy person, energy, confidence, motivation, income and much more. And that’s when the penny dropped; she was grieving. Cancer not only involves coping with the physical disease and treatment – it also means experiencing and dealing with hidden losses that will affect how you view and live your life. Every time you experience a loss, there is an emotional response: grief. Most people only associate grief with bereavement but it is in fact a natural reaction to any and all losses, including the hidden and intangible losses you face with cancer. Anyone who has or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends, will experience grief – because life has changed. This can show up as anger, frustration, anxiety, ‘depression’, fear, sadness, for example. If left unchecked or suppressed, grief will affect your mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be like this; it is possible to take care of the emotional and mental impact of cancer and to live well. In her easy, relaxed style of writing, Juliette explains the emotional and mental impact of cancer and highlights the limitations of Mindfulness and positive thinking. She has also included a workbook with simple practical exercises that help to release the psychological side-effects and provide clarity. You can also read the candid stories of eight others who faced cancer: Robert describes his initial feelings of shock on diagnosis and how others helped him to cope, whereas Meena recounts going it alone; Petra shares how she continued to run throughout her treatment, and Susan talks movingly about the seemingly endless decision-making from diagnosis onwards; Mary, Tony and June recount their unique experiences of the same cancer

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Financial support - benefits [Turkish] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits.

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Oxaliplatin (Thai) (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Oxaliplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat bowel, pancreatic, and stomach cancer, cancer and cancer of the oesophagus. It may be used to treat other cancers.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere®) [Filipino] (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Docetaxel (Taxotere®) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer including breast, prostate, stomach, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects.

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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

XELOX (or CAPOX) may be used to treat advanced bowel cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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Book reviews (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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Understanding ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information for women who have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). It describes DCIS, the risk factors and causes, symptoms, diagnosis and tests, staging and grading, and the treatment options (surgery, radiotherapy, hormonal therapies). It also covers issues such as life after treatment and feelings.

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Managing breathlessness (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. It includes information about breathing and relaxation exercises, treatments, practical tips for everyday living and a list of useful contacts for further information and support. It also includes a copy of the 'Relax and breathe' CD.

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10 top tips for line managers (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Ten tips to help line managers support an employee through the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and living with cancer.

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Move more. Your guide to becoming more active (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health. Lots of people say physical activity helps them feel more like they did before cancer. It can also help you take back control. This is your step-by-step guide to becoming more active. Here you will find tips on choosing which activity to do and where to get support. If you have not been active for a while or are new to being active, this guide will help you set realistic and achievable goals. We have included some tips to help you get started, information on how to set goals and an activity diary to help you keep track of how you are doing.

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Going home from hospital (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how care and support is arranged for people with cancer when they are discharged from hospital.

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For Freddie. A mother’s final gift for her son (2019)

Michael O'Mara Books Ltd

The inspirational memoir from the founder of the You, Me and the Big C podcast, Rachael Bland. Courageous and life-affirming, this is a mother's final gift to her son. In 2016, beloved broadcaster and journalist Rachael Bland was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly afterwards she made the brave decision to share her story, and she spoke with beautiful poignancy through her blog and podcast, You, Me and the Big C. Having been told that she only had a matter of months left to live and writing this in what were sadly her final days, Rachael brings her warmth, courage and humour to the page in this heart-warming and heart-breaking story. Part memoir, part advice, For Freddie beautifully encapsulates the grace and fearlessness in which Rachael lived her life. This is her legacy and an incredible final gift to her son. (Publisher)

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Blood clot prevention. A guide for patients and carers (May 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet explains the risk of developing a blood clot while in hospital. It describes the signs of a blood clot, who is at risk, and how to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot. Please note: this booklet includes contact details and instructions specific to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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Chemo companion. A friendly guide to chemotherapy and a collection of chemo stories (2019)

Rethink Street Publishing

This clear, concise book helps you to understand what chemotherapy may be doing to your body, your mind and your life. It gives you useful tips and information, practical advice and reassurance, and it reminds you that you are not alone. Part 1 is a brief GUIDE to the time before, during and after chemotherapy. It includes planning and preparation, common side effects, your thoughts and feelings, food and exercise, work and money issues, how you might feel after treatment, and where to find further help and support. Part 2 is a collection of STORIES based on true, real-life experiences of chemotherapy. Each one is candid and honest and shared in the spirit of kindness and friendship. Including an overly complicated salad, finding long lost relatives, flying paper aeroplanes, writing to new online pen-pals, and tips for friends who don't know what to say. (Publisher)

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Faith over fear. My journey through bone marrow transplant (2019)

Xulon Press

Sherry's story reveals her testimony through a blood cancer diagnosis and into treatment with a bone marrow transplant. Sherry's faith was tested many times throughout a four year period and especially during the days of her transplant. Her attention to detail and documentation of daily events through the process will prove to be invaluable to so many that may be facing the same type of treatment. Sherry is a Christian, wife, mother, health coach and independent consultant for a health and wellness company. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is retired from the Federal Government where she served as a Systems Accountant for over 30 years. She is active in her church and aspires to help others through her testimony. (Publisher) 

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Beyond (2019)

Burning Chair

What happens when we die? Is this really all there is? What exists beyond this life?Alex Duncan is just an ordinary 14 year old boy. His main worries are homework, girls, the school bully......and his sister, Jenna who has ovarian cancer, stage B. As his parents retreat into themselves, Alex is desperate to find a way to help, a way to make things better for his sister. After all, it’s the not knowing that’s the worst thing.Whilst he tries to untangle the ultimate question, life still goes on: his best friend seems oblivious to his feelings about her, the school bully has taken a special interest in him, and everything he does just makes him feel more and more awkward and out of place.Georgia Springate’s debut novel, Beyond, is a funny and touchingly compelling coming-of-age story about love, loss and discovery. Read it and take an emotional journey through one boy’s quest to understand that most tricky of questions: what lies beyond? (Publishers)

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The symptoms of ovarian cancer (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This video describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Risk factors for pancreatic cancer (January 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet outlines the risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

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Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) harvesting. Information for young people with cancer, and parents of a child or young person with cancer, having a stem cell transplant, and for stem cell donors (November 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is written to help explain what is involved when you undergo a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) harvest. It explains what haematopoietic stem cells are; why we need to collect them; and what happens before, during and after the harvest.

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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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Breast cancer [Romanian] (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 [Welsh] (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 [Polish] (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 [Arabic] (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-language version.

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Breast cancer [Russian] (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 (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.

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Breast cancer [Portuguese] (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 [Bengali] (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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Eating problems and cancer (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.

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Breast cancer [Urdu] (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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Eating problems and cancer [Arabic] (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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Breast cancer [Punjabi] (September 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 [Gujarati] (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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Tiredness (fatigue) and cancer [Urdu] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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Know your body. Spot cancer early. Breast cancer (February 2018)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet has information about the risk factors for breast cancer, the screening programme, and how to be breast aware.

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version.

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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Prostate cancer (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Urdu] (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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Breast cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (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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