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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: 1737

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Women's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, dietary supplements, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of breast, bowel, lung, womb, ovarian, cervical and skin cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Keeping healthy 'down below' (2019)

Books Beyond Words

Having a smear test can be worrying. For women with learning disabilities there is the added fear of not understanding what is happening. This book will help to prepare and support women like Carol who are invited to have a smear test. It begins with a nurse telling Carol and her friends how to stay healthy ‘down below’. It goes on to explain what happens to Carol, from receiving the invitation for a smear test, making the preliminary visit to the GP practice and deciding whether she will have the smear or not, to having the smear and receiving the results. We then see her being recalled for a further test. (Publisher)

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Understanding cervical cancer [Audio CD] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which 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, useful organisations and resources such as books and websites.

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Know your body. Spot cancer early. Cervical cancer (May 2018)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet contains information about how cervical screening can detect early changes in the cervix before they develop into cancer. It also provides information about factors affecting the risk of cervical cancer.

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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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Having a smear test. What is it about? [Easy read] (June 2018)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

An easy read guide for women thinking about having a smear test.

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Understanding cervical screening results and CIN (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cervical screening. It is for anyone who wants information about how screening is used to find and treat abnormal cells to prevent cervical cancer. It explains what cervical screening involves and what your test results mean. It has information about the most common abnormal result, called cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN).

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Your smear test results [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Easy read information for women about what happens after their cervical screening test, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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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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Pelvic radiation disease (2018)

Guts UK

Pelvic radiation disease is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that can arise after radiotherapy treatment to the abdomen or pelvis for cancers such as cervical, prostate, bladder and bowel cancers. This leaflet describes the causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, the treatment options, and the impact.

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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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Hydroxycarbamide (Hydrea®) [Punjabi] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Hydroxycarbamide (also known as hydroxyurea) is used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia, cervical cancer, and some pre-cancerous conditions. This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Focus on common female cancers (July 2018)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Brief overview of the most common women's cancers (ovarian, cervical, womb and breast).

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in women (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for women who have had radiotherapy to the pelvic area and who are experiencing late effects. It explains what pelvic radiotherapy is before describing the following late effects and how to manage them: bladder changes; bowel changes; lymphoedema; bone changes; early menopause; sex life; and fertility. It also discusses feelings, relationships, and work, and has details of further support.

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Cervical cancer (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

This booklet describes what cervical cancer is, the symptoms, causes, the different types and (briefly) the treatment options.

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Cervical cancer. The facts (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Credit-card leaflet with facts about cervical cancer, including incidence, the symptoms to look out for, how to reduce the risk, and cervical screening.

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Your guide to cervical cancer (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A guide for women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and those who care about them.  

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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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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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Ovarian and cervical cancer (May 2017)

Action Cancer

Z-card with facts about cervical and ovarian cancer, including symptoms and risk factors, diagnosis, the smear test, HPV vaccine and ways to lower your risk of getting cervical cancer. 

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What women need to know about... cervical cancer (March 2017)

The Eve Appeal

Key information about cervical cancer including signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of developing cancer. 

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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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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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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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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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The facts about HPV (2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A short film about HPV to dispel some of the myths surrounding the virus. It is hoped that it will help more people understand what the virus is, who can get it, how it can affect them, and what they can do to best protect themselves from cervical cancer. 

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Your smear test after treatment [Urdu] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Your smear test after treatment [Polish] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Your smear test after treatment [Chinese, Traditional] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Your smear test - after CIN treatment [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Your smear test after treatment (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet describes cervical screening tests after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). It explains what CIN is, what happens after treatment, and why women are now tested for HPV six months after treatment for CIN.

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Information for trans people. NHS Screening Programmes (July 2017)

Public Health England

This leaflet is for trans (transgender) and non-binary people in England. It tells you about the adult NHS screening programmes that are available in England and explains who we invite for screening.

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Cervical screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing (2016)

Public Health England

This leaflet tells you about HPV testing. This is a test carried out on the sample of cells taken during cervical screening. It makes no difference to what happens at your screening appointment. 

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Your guide to cervical screening (smear test) (June 2015)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Every day eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three die from the disease. Yet cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the NHS cervical screening programme and HPV vaccination programme. In the UK 22% of UK women do not attend their cervical screening (smear test) invitation. This short film aims to give you more information about smear tests: what the test is for and what will happen during the test. It also has information on Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which is the main cause of cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The DVD (£5.00) includes versions in Arabic, Bengali Standard, Bengali Sylheti, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Tamil, and Urdu. You can also watch all versions online.

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The smear test film (2014)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

'The Smear Test Film' is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer and help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

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A woman's disease. The history of cervical cancer (2011)

Oxford University Press

Cervical cancer is an emotive disease with multiple connotations. It has stood for the horror of cancer, the curse of femininity, the hope of cutting-edge medical technologies and the promise of screening for malignant tumours. For a long time, this disease was identified with the most dreaded aspects of malignancies: prolonged invalidity and chronic pain, but also physical degradation, shame and social isolation. Cervical cancer displayed in parallel the dangers of being a woman. In the 20th century, innovations initially developed to control cervical cancer - radiotherapy and radium therapy, exfoliate cytology (Pap smear), homogenisation of the 'staging' of tumours, mass campaigns for an early detection of precancerous lesions of the cervix - set standards for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of other malignancies. In the late 20th century, cervical cancer underwent another important change. With the display of the role of selected strands of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) in the genesis of this malignancy, it was transformed into a sexually transmitted disease. This new understanding of cervical cancer linked it more firmly with lifestyle choices, and thus increased the danger of stigmatisation of patients; on the other hand it opened the possibility for efficient prevention of this malignancy through vaccination. Ilana Lowy follows the disease from antiquity to the 21st century, focussing on the period since the mid-19th century, during which cervical cancer was dissociated from other gynaecological disorders and became a distinct entity. Following the ways in which new developments in science, medicine, and society have affected beliefs about medical progress and an individual's responsibility, gender roles, reproduction, and sex, Lowy demonstrates our understanding of what cervical cancer is, and how it can be prevented and cured. (Publisher)

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Do I need a smear test? (2010)

Health Scotland on behalf of the Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties. It explains what a smear test is, who should have one and when, and what the smear test will show.

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A guide to having a smear test (2010)

Family Advice and Information Resource

Illustrated booklet for women with learning difficulties. It explains what a smear test is, why it is important to have one, and what happens during the examination.

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Eating – help yourself. A guide for patients and their carers (February 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Eating may be a problem for people with cancer or other illnesses, particularly when undergoing treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. This booklet has advice on how to eat well when trying to cope with loss of appetite, changes in taste, dry mouth, difficulties swallowing, feeling full, nausea, diarrhoea, and constipation. It has tips on how to make food as nourishing as possible and ideas for snacks and drinks.

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The cancer whisperer. How to let cancer heal your life (2016)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

This book does not offer a cure for cancer. It offers a cure for your fear of cancer. Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from 'terminal' diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months. The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed. Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer. As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to: Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people. Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair. Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener-to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make. Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word, as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer, and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace. (Publisher)

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Telling your child you have cancer (January 2017)

University College London Hospital Cancer Collaborative|FruitFly Collective

A short film produced with the Fruit Fly Collective to support parents when they decide to tell their children about their cancer diagnosis. It provides guidance about how and when to tell them, and looks at different age groups and how they may feel and behave when they have been told. 

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Sun safety and skin cancer. The facts, prevention and early detection (2019)

SKCIN: The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity

Leaflet with information about skin cancer and how to avoid it, including: sunburn; sunbeds; protecting young children; choosing the right sunscreen; applying sunscreen; at risk groups; types of skin cancer.

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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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The symptoms of ovarian cancer (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This video describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer. A guide for patients and carers (February 2016)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Advice about what to eat and what not to eat following treatment. 

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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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Nourishing your body during pancreatic cancer treatment (2016)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

Created by dietitians and chefs at University College Cork, this recipe book provides advice on how best to combat cancer-induced weight loss and other eating related problems whilst undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment.  It features over 80 quick, easy and energy dense recipes for nourishing meals and snacks that have been created specifically for people who find it hard to maintain a healthy weight. 

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