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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: 458

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Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer. An A-Z survival guide for living with childhood cancer (February 2015)

CLIC Sargent

The author was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 12. She wrote this booklet two years later when she had finished treatment because there was nothing for people her age about what it was like to be in hospital and how to handle it. There are tips for surviving long stays in hospital and keeping positive, and explanations of medical terms.

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Facing death and talking about it. A booklet to help young adults (September 2015)

CLIC Sargent

Advice and support for young adults (aged over 17) facing death to help them talk to their family, partner and friends.

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We beat leukaemia. My family's journey with childhood cancer (2015)

Self-published using I_AM Self-Publishing

My son Andrew was only three years old when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Now he’s a healthy, happy six-year-old. We Beat Leukemia is my honest account of chemo, childhood and being a mummy to cancer – written over 1235 days from diagnosis to remission. I started writing daily posts to record the highs and lows, frustrations and elations of his childhood cancer treatment. My posts and photos form this book. I’m sharing my family’s experience to raise awareness of childhood cancer (and the UK charities who can offer so much), but also to offer support to families facing the challenges that any child cancer diagnosis brings. I hope to make a difference in the cancer community. (Publisher)

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The diary of a mother, her son and his monster (2014)

Empire Publications

Caroline Burch experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her son Elliot was diagnosed with cancer when he was just six months old. To document her experiences she kept a diary detailing the ups and downs of her son's treatment and the emotional anguish of their situation from diagnosis to remission. Ten years later, and with Elliot happily recovered from the condition that threatened his life, Caroline looks back at the traumatic months when there appeared to be no end in sight to the misery. Caroline's story is proof that there is life after cancer and this book is a tribute to the tireless work of the individuals who help parents and their children emerge from their nightmare. (Publisher)

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Anthem for Jackson Dawes (2013)

Bloomsbury Children's Books

Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson's future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably powerful debut novel. (Publisher)

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The hare who lost her hair (2013)

Self-published using CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

This one-of-a-kind story is a message of hope for young children and families who are undergoing chemotherapy or any difficult struggle. Without words like cancer and chemo, the kid-friendly tale follows a brave hare on her courageous journey to overcome illness. A mysterious, healing stream offers the potential to get well, but there are surprising side effects that will challenge the hare's strength and determination. This book is about believing wishes can come true even in the most extreme circumstances. Ideal for early stage cancers due to the message of survival. Perfect for pairing with honest discussions about your personal situation. (Publisher)

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The dog, the chick and the reindeer. The story of a family living with cancer (2013)

Apollo Publishing

In 2004 my mother asked us to donate to the Macmillan team in lieu of a present. It is ironic that she then developed and survived endometrial cancer in 2006 and was diagnosed with and died from ovarian cancer in 2012, especially as the Macmillan team supported us to keep her in the home she loved right to the end. The story tells of the effects of both cancers on Mum and the rest of the family. Naturally there were sad times and some excruciatingly painful and stressful times but there were also some funny and touching moments. Audrey, Mum's sister was coincidentally diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and at one point they were in different wards at opposite ends of the same hospital. The day we were told of Mum’s diagnosis, we wheeled her down to sit with Audrey and they held hands and hugged, one in a wheelchair and the other hooked up to all kinds of machinery. Audrey died thirteen days after mum. There is no doubt that my mother loved her family - she had nearly ninety children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, both biological and adopted; whilst the story is written from my perspective, I wasn't the only one to suffer and it could easily have been written by thirty or forty other people. When I found out mum had a terminal illness I made up my mind to take her back to her home, which is the only place she wanted to be; some people thought I was mad but we had a dedicated team of family and were lucky to be further supported by her GP, the DN’s and Macmillan team. I organised weekly rotas to ensure 24 hour care: The book tells how we coped with this and of my panic the day I found out the Macmillan support team didn’t have any sitters for the following week. It also portrays the “normal” things we did along as we rode our six year emotional roller coaster, such as going on holidays and dealing with other family crises. The last twelve months before her death were intolerable. The last six months a nightmare, and the ten weeks between diagnosis and her passing were hell on earth but we had some laughs, we cried and we sang songs. A few weeks before she died, as my daughter entered the room Mum was playing a game with my younger grandchildren, throwing the tiny purple chick to each of them in turn and giggling along with them, its tail flashing as though it too was enjoying the fun. I initially wrote the book to help me deal with my own grief, stress and feelings of guilt that I was glad she had finally let g

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The fault in our stars (2011)

Penguin

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. (Publisher)

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Jack's radio mission (2011)

Lulu.com

Jack is a little boy who is having radiotherapy. With the help of Lucy, the radiographer, Jack pretends his treatment is a space mission.

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Kiss from a rose (2011)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

Kiss From A Rose is a novel about my battle with cancer. It depicts my journey from being diagnosed at 16, and reflects on four subsequent relapses. Using the stunning rose as a metaphor for life, it is aimed at teenagers who have just been diagnosed with Cancer, and are about to begin their battle. I hope it is both comforting and informative, but also very honest as it describes my darkest moments, and deepest fears. It illustrates that although the Thorns on my Rose prick and sting with each hurdle I approach in my battle to fight this disease, they don't make the flower any less exquisite. (Publisher)

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Katie's garden. A little girl's experiences of cancer (January 2010)

Fiona Adams

In this illustrated booklet Katie tells how she is diagnosed with Wilm's tumour and describes her stay in hospital for treatment.

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Mikki has cancer (2010)

CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North)

This book is not an explanation about cancer, but a book about the impact that cancer can have on a young person's life. The aim of the book is to help siblings express their feelings, and to understand that these feelings are normal.

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The famous hat (2008)

Special Stories Publishing

Illustrated story about Harry who is five years old and having treatment for leukaemia. The book has been designed to help children with leukaemia (or other forms of cancer) to prepare for treatment, namely chemotherapy and a stay in hospital.

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Before I die (2008)

Definitions (Random House)

Tessa has just a few months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out. BEFORE I DIE is a brilliantly-crafted novel, heartbreaking yet astonishingly life-affirming. It will take you to the very edge. (Publisher)

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Ways to live forever (2008)

Marion Lloyd Books (Scholastic Ltd)

My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer. WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER is the award-winning novel from an extraordinarily talented young writer. Funny and honest, it is one of the most powerful and uplifting books you will ever read. (Publisher)

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Ollie (2007)

Arrow Books Limited

Like the swallows, our son Ollie came in the spring and left in the autumn. Dancing, singing, swooping - there was something birdlike about his energy, joy and laughter - but also the fleeting, enigmatic quality of his life. When he was two he lost all his speech, as autism turned his life - and ours - into a baffling challenge. Then at four he had to face a new challenge when he almost died from leukaemia. But chemotherapy worked its magic and he made a full recovery. He was a tough survivor and nothing seemed to dim his spirit: he could light up a room and energize everyone around him. So it was a huge shock, after several cancer-free years, when a fatal brain tumour was discovered. This time his body had had enough and he died very suddenly. He was twelve. Ollie had extraordinary courage and endurance. Time after time he bounced back, determined to enjoy life. He was obstinate, mischievous, playful, flirtatious, quixotic, funny. He generated - and continues to generate - huge amounts of laughter. And he was very beautiful. We always felt that if autism had not unravelled the wiring of his neural pathways, he would have achieved extraordinary things. This is the story of the journey we made with Ollie. Unlike a mountaineer, pursuing extreme experiences out of choice, he had difficulty thrust upon him: he was forced to be brave. For me, too, the journey was far more compelling than any expedition. (Publisher)

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Gentle willow. A story for children about dying (2003)

Magination Press

Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, the second edition of this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. (Publishers)

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The silver bead (2003)

Scholastic Press

Katie and Zillah are looking forward to the Cornish summer that stretches ahead of them, all swimming and surfing and long, lazy hot days. Then travellers arrive at Zillah's dad's campsite and soon tensions develop. Katie makes friends with Rose, one of the travellers, and suddenly there's a chill between her and Zillah. It leads Katie to wonder about their friendship, until something happens that puts everything in perspective, something that could threaten their friendship for ever. (Publisher) 

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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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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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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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Talking to children about lymphoma (July 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Guidance for people with lymphoma on what to tell their children and where to find other resources: Should I tell my child?; How can I talk to my child about lymphoma?; What should I say?; Keep communication open; Older children and teenagers; If someone close to you has lymphoma: animations for children; Resources.

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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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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Breast cancer [Punjabi] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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The little white book. North West Children’s. A directory of resources to help children affected by a brain tumour (October 2016)

Brainstrust

A directory of support services and resources for children with a brain tumour in the North West of England.

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Male cancer. Awareness, diagnosis and treatment (April 2017)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet has information on prostate, testicular and penile cancer - from signs and symptoms, risk factors and causes through to tests to determine a diagnosis and treatment options.

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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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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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Testicular and prostate cancer (May 2017)

Action Cancer

Z-card with facts about prostate cancer (what is the prostate, the symptoms of prostate cancer) and testicular cancer (what it is, the causes, how to examine the testicles, what to do of a change is noticed).

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer [Urdu] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer” (MAC5766_E04_N) into Urdu. Includes the benefits of talking, how to talk, and information for specific age groups: babies and toddlers; younger children; older children; and teenagers.

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My dad and me (June 2019)

Child Bereavement UK

Grieving is not about forgetting the person who has died, but finding ways to remember them; this resource allows young people to document their unique memories of someone special who has died. It is a blank version of ‘Magical Memories of Dad’, created by Child Bereavement UK for two brothers who lost their dad.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Chinese, Simplified] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Easy read] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Phaeochromocytomas (August 2019)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

Information on phaeochromocytomas, including the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options.

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An essential guide to sex and relationships (October 2017)

Anthony Nolan

This booklet is for anyone concerned about their relationship or sex life after their stem cell or bone marrow transplant. It has been written with guidance and advice from patients, their partners, and healthcare professionals, to help you come to terms with your current situation and what can be done to help. 

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Breast cancer [Bengali] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer [Gujarati] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer” (MAC5766_E04_N) into Gujarati. Includes why tell children, telling your children, explaining cancer and ways of talking to different age groups.

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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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Burkitt lymphoma (April 2019)

Bloodwise

Burkitt lymphoma is a fast-growing form of blood cancer that can affect adults and children. This fact sheet explains what Burkitt lymphoma is, how it’s diagnosed and treated in adults, and where to go for more support. 

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Breast cancer [Russian] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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The little white book. Greater London. A directory of resources to help people affected by a brain tumour (May 2016)

Brainstrust

A directory of support services and resources for people with a brain tumour in Greater London.

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Having chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-CELL) therapy (September 2019)

Anthony Nolan

A brief guide to a type of therapy you may receive if your stem cell transplant, or other treatment, is unsuccessful. It describes what chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy is, how your own cells are used to make it, the possible side effects, and where to go for further information and support.

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Having an autograft or autologous stem cell transplant (January 2017)

Anthony Nolan

A brief guide to a type of stem cell transplant called an autologous or autograft transplant. It describes who can have this type of transplant, how it works, the advantages and disadvantages, the possible side effects, and where to get further information and support.

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The little white book. Aberdeen, The Highlands and surrounding areas. A directory of resources to help people affected by a brain tumour (January 2017)

Brainstrust

A directory of support services and resources for people with a brain tumour in Aberdeen, The Highlands and surrounding areas.

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Talking to children and young people about multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) (March 2016)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

Advice for parents about how to talk to children and young people about the presence of a multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) gene in the family. It covers issues such as: What helps young people and children?; When is a good time to tell your children?; What information do you tell children?; Communication tips; What are children likely to know about genes and inheritance?; What helped parents talk to their children; Preparing to talk to your children; Benefits; Drawbacks.

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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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