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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: 1697

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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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Keeping healthy 'down below' (November 2000)

Books Beyond Words

The book is designed to support women who are invited for a smear test. It explains what happens to Carol, from receiving the invitation, making a preliminary visit to the GP practice, deciding whether she will have the smear or not, having the smear, and receiving the results. We then see her being recalled for further tests. Feelings, consent and health education are all addressed. Ideally this book should be used to prepare women with learning disabilities before they have a smear test. (Publisher)

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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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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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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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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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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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The symptoms of ovarian cancer (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This video describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thyroid cancer. A quick guide (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This card lists the different types of thyroid cancer and briefly describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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A laryngectomee's travel guide to the British Isles (2017)

Cancer Laryngectomee Trust

This booklet has details of hospitals believed to handle emergencies of the type that laryngectomees may suffer. It includes flash cards (English, French, Spanish, and German) to help a voiceless laryngectomee indicate what the problem is.

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My brother or sister has cancer. A children's guide to coping with cancer (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet tells the story of siblings Tom and Jess, whose little brother Ben has cancer. It describes how they cope with the illness and the changes it brings. It is aimed at children under nine.

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Thanks for the mammaries. A celebration of yours and hers - for women who have sex with women (February 2011)

Lesbian and Gay Foundation

General information for lesbian and bisexual women about the breasts, including breast cancer: what it is; breast awareness; risks; checking the breasts; and routine screening.

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Nutritional products. Availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings (November 2015)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Designed by dieticians for people with eating difficulties, this booklet describes the supplements available, those that are most suitable, and how each product can be used. Indicates those that are approved for kosher or halal diets.

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Pancreatic cysts and cystic tumours (May 2016)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

A booklet for patients and carers describing the types of pancreatic cyst, their symptoms and risks. It gives detailed information on the diagnostic tests used, the different types of treatment given for cancerous and non-cancerous cysts. It includes a glossary to explain many of the terms used. 

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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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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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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Welsh] (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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How to cope with tiredness in cancer (November 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet explains what causes fatigue and describes its effects on daily life and how to cope. Includes details of services offered by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

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The cancer survivor's companion. Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer (2013)

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

Coping with life after cancer can be tough. The idea that the end of successful treatment brings relief and peace just isn't true for countless survivors. Many feel unexpectedly alone, worried and adrift. You're supposed to be getting your life 'back on track' but your life has changed. You have changed. With reassurance and understanding, Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins help readers deal with the emotional fallout of cancer whether it's days, months or years since the treatment ended. Drawing on Dr Goodhart's extensive experience working in the NHS with cancer survivors, this guide is packed with practical and simple self-help tools to tackle issues such as worry and anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, low self-esteem and body image, relationships and sex, fatigue, sleep and relaxation. If you are a cancer survivor, this book will support you every step of the way. If you are supporting a loved one, friend, colleague or your patient, this is a vital read. Winner of the 2012 Best Health Book category in the Guild of Health Writers Awards and highly commended in the Popular Medicine category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 this is the first UK book to look in depth at cancer survivorship and its emotional fallout. Government statistics indicate around 2 million people in the UK survive for at least 5 years post diagnosis and this figure is set to increase. This book will be an invaluable resource. (Publisher)

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Surgery [Gujarati] (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 English language version.

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Prostate biopsy results: PIN and ASAP (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intrapeithelial neoplasia (PIN) or atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) after having a prostate biopsy. It explains what ASAP and 'high-grade' PIN are and how they might be monitored.

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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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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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Diet and nutrition for pancreatic cancer (June 2015)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

This booklet for patients and carers contains information about how pancreatic cancer can affect diet and nutrition. It covers managing dietary symptoms such as poor appetite, weight loss and diarrhoea, dietary supplements and diabetes and diet. Contains dietary advice for patients undergoing surgery and for patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.

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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 [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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What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients [British Sign Language] (April 2013)

General Medical Council

This guide explains how to create a partnership with your doctor and get the most out of the consultation.

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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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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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Prostate cancer [Welsh] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. Includes the English-language version.

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Bowel cancer [Russian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Treatments for controlling the symptoms of pancreatic cancer (2018)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

A booklet for patients and carers covering the different procedures used to control pancreaticcancer symptoms with practical information about being in hospital and returning home. Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials, questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Surgery (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains why surgery may be used to treat cancer. It describes how the surgery is carried out, what happens before and after an operation, and the possible long-term complications, such as lymphoedema.

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Cryotherapy (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

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

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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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Taking care in the sun and hot weather (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information on taking care in the sun.

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Financial support - benefits [Punjabi] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits. Includes the English-language version.. 

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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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Where to get help. A guide to services (April 2016)

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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