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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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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 (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer and what happens during cervical screening (a smear test).  

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Symptoms of cervical cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer symptoms and when to see your doctor. 

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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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Cervical smears and pregnancy (December 2013)

Royal College of Obstetricans and Gynaecologists

This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about cervical smear tests and results, and colposcopy, during pregnancy. 

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Are you ready for your screen test? A guide to cervical screening for lesbian and bisexual women (March 2012)

Lesbian and Gay Foundation

Information for lesbian and bisexual women about the importance of cervical screening. It describes the cervix and explains why it is important to be screened, who should be screened, and what happens during screening and afterwards.

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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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Say no to cancer (2010)

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

Cancer is increasing at an alarming rate and one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, up to 39 per cent of the most common cancers - lung, breast, colorectal, skin, mouth/throat and oesophagus, liver, stomach, prostate, cervical ovarian, testicular, endometrial and pancreatic - are preventable through diet, physical activity and weight control alone. "Say no to cancer" was originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and this greatly expanded edition contains new chapters that reflect the very latest information on the connection between diet and lifestyle and the risk of developing cancer. It offers guidance for people who wish to avoid getting cancer, and for those who want to know what they can do nutritionally if they have cancer and/or want to prevent reoccurrence. By improving your diet and taking the right nutritional supplements you really can say no to cancer. (Publisher)

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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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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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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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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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The symptoms of ovarian cancer (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This video describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Sun safety and skin cancer. The facts, prevention and early detection (2013)

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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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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Surgery [Urdu] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes the English-language 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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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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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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Colostomy. Hints and tips (May 2014)

Dansac Limited

This illustrated booklet aims to guide people with a colostomy through the first months after the operation and help them adapt to life with a stoma. It covers care of the stoma (including changing the bag, disposal of products, and irrigation) going home after the operation, diet and nutrition (including odour, wind, diarrhoea and constipation), clothing, sex and relationships, exercise, going back to work and travel.

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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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Where to get help. A guide to services (November 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Although designed primarily for people having treatment at the Christie Hospital, this booklet is relevant to anyone with cancer. It describes the emotional support, palliative care, and financial help available. It has a list of national support groups and also support groups in the northwest.

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Eating well when following a low fibre diet. A guide for patients and their carers (January 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Some people may be advised to follow a low-fibre diet during or after treatment for cancer. This booklet gives ideas of suitable foods and advice for improving the nutritional value of meals; this may be helpful for people who have a poor appetite or who have lost weight.

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Eating a regular, easy to chew diet. For patients experiencing pain on swallowing or difficulty eating a normal, textured diet (March 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Some illnesses or treatments may make swallowing difficult. This booklet has ideas on how to prepare soft or liquidised foods and how to make food more nourishing by enriching it with dairy produce, fats, sugars and fortified milk. Includes meal suggestions.

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Your guide to thyroid cancer [Polish] (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Your guide to thyroid cancer [Urdu] (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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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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Your guide to thyroid cancer [Arabic] (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Bowel cancer [Urdu] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Your guide to osteosarcoma (December 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This booklet for children and young people explains what cancer is, and describes the different types of bone cancer and how osteosarcoma is treated. It also covers topics such as body image and what happens after treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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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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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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Bowel cancer [Polish] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Lung cancer (April 2015)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Lists the risk factors for and the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and describes what to expect when visiting the GP. Also has information about how the Cancer Focus Northern Ireland can help.

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George the Sun Safe Superstar! (2012)

FastPrint Publishing|SKCIN: The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity

This is a story of how a boy became known by a very, very special name. How he spread a message, near and far, and became a Sun Safe Superstar. Helping children learn about the importance of sun safety in a fun and engaging way. (Publisher)

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Active surveillance (March 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for men who want to know more about active surveillance, which is a way of monitoring localised (early) prostate cancer rather than treating it straight away. 

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Your guide to Ewing sarcoma (December 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This booklet for children and young people explains what cancer is, and describes the different types of bone cancer and how Ewing sarcoma is treated. It also covers topics such as body image and what happens after treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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Travel and prostate cancer (January 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

Information for men with prostate cancer who are planning a holiday or travel abroad. It has tips to help prepare for the trip, including guidance on arranging travel insurance.

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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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Risk factors for pancreatic cancer (January 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet outlines the risk factors for pancreatic cancer.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

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Bowel cancer (2019)

Guts UK

Information about bowel cancer, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and secondary bowel cancer.

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Bisphosphonates for advanced prostate cancer (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

Bisphosphonates are a group of drugs that can be used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to the bones (advanced prostate cancer). This factsheet describes how bisphosphonates work, the advantages and disadvantages, what treatment involves and the possible side effects.

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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (November 2016)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet explains what radiotherapy is, when it will begin, in-patient and outpatient treatment, how treatment is planned, what happens during treatment, possible side-effects, and what happens when treatment ends. It also has sources of further information and support.

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