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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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Understanding advanced melanoma (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains melanoma that has spread to another area (advanced or metastatic melanoma). It describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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Understanding primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma) (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the different types of primary liver cancer, the risk factors and causes, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the stages, and the treatment options. It also covers emotions, coping and financial issues.

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Carboplatin [Slovak] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Carboplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat ovarian and lung cancer. It may also be used to treat other cancers. 

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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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GemCis chemotherapy [Turkish] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This is a translation of information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website. It describes the GemCis chemotherapy regimen to treat many cancers, the drugs, how treatment is given, and possible side-effects.

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GemCis chemotherapy [Russian] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This is a translation of information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website. It describes the GemCis chemotherapy regimen to treat many cancers, the drugs, how treatment is given, and possible side-effects.

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Understanding melanoma and treatment with surgery (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of skin cancer called melanoma. It includes information about melanoma, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated with surgery. 

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Understanding cancer of the vulva (February 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information on the causes and symptoms of vulval cancer, diagnosis and staging, and treatment options and their side-effects. It also discusses feelings and has advice on self-help and support (including financial benefits). 

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Going into hospital? A guide for patients, carers and families (2015)

Eastdown Publishing

Hospitals are a constant presence in the lives of many people. Almost everyone will visit or go into hospital at some point in their life. This can be a confusing experience: the environment is strange, the daily routine is unfamiliar and it is hard to understand the medical language. Going into hospital is, in many ways, like visiting a foreign country. This book is your guide to the foreign land of the hospital. It provides clear, practical information about how hospitals work, who the staff are and the investigations and treatments you may receive. The book helps you understand hospital-speak by translating it into straightforward English. The book has been written by a consultant surgeon, a pharmacist and a psychologist who have all worked in hospitals for many years. If you are better informed and can understand concepts like choice, risk and benefit, you can work more effectively with your healthcare team to make the right decisions, and you will be better equipped to help yourself and your family. You will find this book an invaluable guide to a journey through the hospital. (Publisher)

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MGUS [Polish] (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website translated into Polish. MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance) is a non-cancerous condition but there is a small risk it developing into a blood cancer, such as myeloma or lymphoma. This information explains what MGUS is, the causes, diagnosis, and treatment and follow up.

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Breast cancer [French] (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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Understanding primary brain tumours (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about primary brain tumours. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumour. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of a primary brain tumour, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Starting a family. Your choices (2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet aims to provide an introduction to the different conception options available for people with MEN, and some of the practical, physical and emotional aspects of each of these. It provides details of sources of additional information, support and advice to help you explore your choices further, and to look after your emotional well-being. 

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Cisplatin [Russian] (October 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cisplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat testicular, ovarian, bladder, 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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Breast cancer [Farsi] (September 2017)

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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Talking about cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking about cancer. It is for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis. It explains: the benefits of talking about cancer; how to overcome the things that make talking difficult; how to deal with other people’s reactions. It also has practical tips for talking and asking for support.

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BEAM chemotherapy [Punjabi] (November 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website has been translated into Punjabi. BEAM is a combination chemotherapy treatment used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is given before a stem cell transplant. It may also be used to treat other cancers. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects.

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Head, face and neck lymphoedema (November 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Lymphoedema of the head, face and neck may occur following surgery or radiotherapy. This leaflet describes the treatment and management options, including manual lymphatic drainage, simple lymphatic drainage, exercise, skin care, positioning and compression. Psychological distress is briefly considered.

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Understanding Hodgkin lymphoma (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what Hodgkin lymphoma is, and provides information on symptoms, diagnosis, the stages, and treatment options. It also covers issues such as fertility, feelings, and practical and financial support. 

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CAR-T therapy. A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia CARE

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy is a new type of cancer treatment that may be used to treat B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). This booklet explains how CAR-T therapy works and who may currently receive it, and describes the possible side-effects. It also discusses the likely future for CAR-T therapy and the clinical trials currently taking place in the UK. It includes a glossary of terms and details of further information and support.

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GemCis chemotherapy [Polish] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This is a translation of information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website. It describes the GemCis chemotherapy regimen to treat many cancers, the drugs, how treatment is given, and possible side-effects.

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Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) [Chinese, Traditional] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) is used to treat melanoma that has spread or cannot be removed (advanced melanoma). It is also used for non-small cell lung cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, and bladder cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Never too young to grieve. Supporting children under 5 after the death of a parent (2018)

Winston's Wish

A child’s early years are a time of development and change which helps shape the rest of their life. From newborn babies needing constant attention and care to curious children seeking new experiences, an immense amount of learning and change happen during this short period of time. A key focus of early childhood is the relationships that children form with the important people in their lives — usually parents, carers and siblings. Most children will form a strong, secure bond with these people, which enables them to feel safe, and encourages the curiosity that helps them to explore their world. Bereavement during a child’s early years interrupts the attachment that they have with that person. In the absence of strong memories of their own, it can be hard for a young child to remember the person who has died and to feel connected to them. This booklet is designed for parents, carers, childcare professionals and other adults supporting children up to the age of 5 who have experienced the death of a parent or carer. It offers information and ideas as well as some activities which we hope will benefit children and their families. (Publisher)

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) [Portuguese] (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Trastuzumab (Herceptin®) may be used to treat breast cancer and stomach cancer. It may also be used to treat other cancers as part of a research trial. This factsheet explains how it works, how it is given, and possible side-effects.

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My parent has cancer and it really sucks. Real-life advice from real-life teens (2013)

Sourcebooks Fire

A book especially for the most forgotten family member when cancer strikes a parent: teens It s estimated that one million teens have a parent or close relative with cancer -- and it really sucks. Which is why father-daughter team Mark and Maya Silver, who was a teenager when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, have written a book of advice and support specifically for the underserved teenage audience. (Publisher)

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The pond (2018)

Graffeg Limited

The Pond is a touching picture book about a young boy, and his family, overcoming the loss of his father. This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world. From Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, the duo behind the beautiful children’s book Perfect. (Publisher) 

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Signs and symptoms of cancer (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This z-card gives the signs and symptoms of the main cancers for men and women and advice on cancer prevention for anyone worried about their cancer risk.

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Cancer and relationships. Support for partners, families and friends (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping with your feelings when someone close to you has cancer. It is for anyone who is close to someone with cancer, including partners, family members and friends. This booklet replaces two booklets: Be there for someone facing cancer; and Coping when someone close to you has cancer. 

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Being Adam Golightly: one man's bumpy voyage to the other side of grief (2018)

Short Books

The cruel early death of his wife Helen tears up the script of Adam Golightly's middle-class, middle-aged existence. Miserably single, outnumbered by his kids and haunted by life's screaming fragility, he recounts his fight back against the hand of fate. This irreverent and frank memoir follows Adam's snakes-and-ladders journey through his grief in the year following his wife's death, as he struggles with small town tongue wagging, the trauma of teenage bra shopping and online dating anarchy.Adam's is the biggest mid-life crisis anyone could face and as he starts to build a new, alternative life for himself and his children, he shows not just how to survive bereavement but how to be transformed by it. (Publisher)

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What does dead mean? A book for young children to help explain death and dying (2012)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

What Does Dead Mean? is a beautifully illustrated book that guides children gently through 17 of the 'big' questions they often ask about death and dying. Questions such as 'Is being dead like sleeping?', 'Why do people have to die?' and 'Where do dead people go?' are answered simply, truthfully and clearly to help adults explain to children what happens when someone dies. Prompts encourage children to explore the concepts by talking about, drawing or painting what they think or feel about the questions and answers. Suitable for children aged 4+, this is an ideal book for parents and carers to read with their children, as well as teachers, therapists and counsellors working with young children. (Publisher)

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Understanding acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with AML, or who wants to know more about it. It also has information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet covers: what AML is; symptoms and how AML is diagnosed; how AML is treated; coping with AML.

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Information about skin cancer for patients with an organ transplant (June 2018)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet aims to help you understand the risk of developing skin cancer after receiving an organ transplant. It explains the importance of early detection and treatment of skin cancers. It describes the main types of precancerous and cancerous skin growths, how you can reduce the risk of getting skin cancer, and how skin cancer can be treated. 

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HPV vaccination. Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer (June 2019)

Public Health England

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This leaflet explains why it is given, how HPV spreads, and the impact of the vaccine to date.

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Saving my arse. A story of cancers, colons and Singapore noodles (2008)

Mark Davies

If you or a family member or friend is diagnosed with Bowel/colon cancer then this book will hopefully be of some use and comfort. But I really wrote this book for all of those people, who thought like me that cancer and its treatments begins and ends with losing your hair and sitting around in hospitals like a displaced Hare Krishna convention, whilst having an uncontrollable urge to run the marathon. I want to allay, if at all possible, some the fears that we all have of cancer without boring anyone to tears or being over emotional. More people than ever are surviving, and go on to live a normal life. I am not a doctor, nor have I ever had any medical training, so I found that I didn't really understand a lot of what was being talked about by the doctors. Questions like: What is Chemotherapy and what does it do? What happens during Radiotherapy? (Publisher)

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Radiation diaries. Cancer, memory and fragments of a life in words (2018)

Fentum Press

After a life of reading and writing, what does it feel like to be deprived of both, to be thrown back only on what’s in your head? The literary snippets that emerge into Todd’s consciousness during a month of radiation are sometimes apt, often ludicrous. They draw her back into childhood in Wales, Bermuda, Ceylon when literature functioned as friend and escape, to her unquiet past in sixties Ghana, then America at the dawn of the rights movements. Her father, nearing 100, is caught in the same ‘hospital-land’: both learn the selfishness of sickness and both respond by telling stories. (Publisher)

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Essential thrombocythaemia (ET). A guide for patients (April 2018)

Leukaemia CARE

Essential thrombocythaemia (ET) belongs to a group of conditions called myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), which also includes polycythaemia vera and myelofibrosis. ET is a chronic condition that is characterised by too many platelets (blood cells that helps the blood clot) in the blood. This booklet explains what ET is, what causes it, who it affects, how it affects your body, what symptoms to expect and likely treatments.

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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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Love, Lucie X (2012)

Simon & Schuster

Lucie is the middle child in a family that has been devastated by the death of her mother. Struggling to cope without Mum to guide them, Lucie, her brother Hugo, big sister Chloe and Dad are dealing with the emotional fallout of losing someone so close, as well as the practical realities of death. As she tries to cope with her grief, Lucie starts to write letters to her mum and as she writes begins to feel that maybe, just maybe, her mum is still around watching over all of them. (Publisher)

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A sky of diamonds: a story for children about loss, grief and hope (2015)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

When Mia learns that her mother has died, all the colour in her world changes to a dreary grey. She feels guilty, angry, sad and lost (sometimes all at once!), and she doesn't know what to do to feel better. Little by little, with the help of her Dad, Mia learns how to cope with her difficult feelings. Together, they remember her mother by creating memory boxes, and they even get rid of anger by crazily sloshing paints and punching holes in newspapers! In the end, Mia finds her own, very special way of coping. When she feels sad or lonely, she looks up to the stars. Full of practical strategies, this storybook for children aged 5-9 addresses loss, grief and hope. Written from the perspective of Mia who has experienced the sudden death of her mother, it covers the different stages of grief, from initial disbelief, anger and sadness to resolution and hope. The book highlights the importance of giving children the time and space to work through their feelings and provides a host of thoughtful activities to help them cope. It also addresses some of the questions children commonly ask about death. Uniquely illustrated, this book will be an invaluable resource for anyone supporting a grieving child, especially bereavement counsellors, social workers, teachers and other school staff, as well as parents. (Publishers)

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Understanding advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet gives information about advanced or metastatic cancer of the prostate gland, i.e. cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland to other parts of the body. It describes the prostate gland and advanced prostate cancer, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, tests, the grading and staging of prostate cancer, and the treatment options. It concludes with guidance on coping with advanced prostate cancer, financial help and benefits, and sources of further information and support.

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Understanding anal cancer (February 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes anal cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, and life after treatment.

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My care, my future. A guide for women living with incurable ovarian cancer (May 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide has been written to help women deal with the challenges of living with ovarian cancer that is terminal.

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Acute megakaryoblastic leukaemia (AMKL). A guide for patients (March 2019)

Leukaemia CARE

Acute megakaryoblastic leukaemia (AMKL) is a rare subtype of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It is more common in children than in adults. In children with Down syndrome, AMKL is the most common type of AML. This booklet explains what it is, the signs and symptoms, how it is diagnosed and the treatment options. Includes a glossary and details of support.

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Granpa (2003)

Red Fox (Random House)

Granpa nurses his granddaughter's dolls, mistakes her strawberry-flavoured pretend ice-cream for chocolate, takes her tobogganing in the snow, and falls in with her imaginary plans to captain a ship to Africa, like all good Granpas should. It is a friendship that children who read this book will long remember. (Publishers)

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Toby the teapot's daddy has a poorly lid (2014)

Paula and Richard Middleton

A short story for children that uses accessible characters to help explain to a child about a parent being diagnosed with a brain tumour. It follows Toby the teapot's daddy through the journey of the first signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Adult-T-cell-leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL). A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet describes T-cell-leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL) in adults, what causes it, who it affects, how it affects your body, what symptoms to expect and likely treatments. It also covers everyday life with ATL and how to talk to your haematologist and family and friends. Includes a glossary and details of further support. 

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Cancer and pregnancy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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Muddles, puddles and sunshine (2000)

Winston's Wish

This activity book offers invaluable practical and sensitive support for bereaved younger children. Beautifully illustrated, it suggests a helpful series of activities and exercises accompanied by the friendly characters of Bee and Bear. The book offers a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. It aims to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief. At the same time, the book manages to find a balance between remembering the person who has died and having fun. (Publisher)

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The truth about cancer (2016)

Blurb

Kelly Strenge has been explaining cancer to children for more than a decade. This edition educates children about cancer in a very honest, light-hearted, and inspiring way. Children will discover: What cancer is and how it is treated; The side effects cancer treatment can have; Who is affected by cancer; Cancer is not contagious; Ways to prevent cancer; Who they can turn to for comfort and to help them cope; Cancer doesn't define a person; There are positive aspects of the journey; and much more. (Publisher)

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The secret C: straight talking about cancer (2009)

Winston's Wish

When a family member has cancer it is hard for everyone to understand. It can be particularly difficult when a parent or carer faces the challenge of trying to explain to their child what cancer means and how it may affect their family. This booklet is aimed at supporting parents or carers with this task, and encourages open communication and questions about cancer within the family. Through pictures, captions and straightforward language, it explains how tumours are formed, what the various treatments are and how these may affect the person with cancer. It stresses the need to keep to family routines and, importantly, to still try and have fun. It is aimed at children aged 7-10 and will work best when an adult is present to expand on the simple messages in the text. (Publisher)

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