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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: 150

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A life turned upside down (2015)

Little Knoll Press

The story of young mum, Nikki Hastings, who went to her doctor with a painful hip and several days later was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer with only months to live. Due to her willingness to try new treatments and determination to make the best of her remaining time, Nikki’s life was extended by years. This is her story. The author’s royalty and all profit from sales of this book will be donated to Lewis-Manning Hospice. (Publisher)

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Eating right for your health (August 2015)

CLIC Sargent

This factsheet for children and young people with cancer aged 13 and over has advice about healthy eating during treatment and how to cope with common problems, such as: loss of appetite; weight loss; sore mouth and throat; dry mouth; changes in taste; diarrhoea; and constipation.

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The inflatable woman (2015)

Bloomsbury Publishing

Iris (or balletgirl-42 as she's known on the internet dating circuit) is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her life becomes populated with a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Despite the attempts of her friends – Maud, Granma Suggs, Larry the Monkey and a group of singing penguins – to comfort her, Iris's fears begin to encircle her until all she has to cling to is the attention of a lighthouse keeper called sailor_buoy_39. The Inflatable Woman combines magic realism with the grit of everyday life to create a poignant and surreal journey inside the human psyche. (Publisher)

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Cancer determination and me (2015)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

The author was once an all round sportsman keeping fit and healthy until one day he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This book is about what he had and what he has been through and how he came out fighting and mainly how motivated he was. How he used to just try to get up and do things in this book are all his feelings of what he has been through. It is strange because his life and his perspective on life have changed dramatically since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He has missed a lot of school and study time because of the intense and lengthy treatment he received. He had to Re-learn basic skills, especially basic physical skills that most people take for granted, such as writing, walking and other every day activities. He believes that this experience has made him a more determined and motivated person. He had to work very hard to get his life back but he never complained or gives in. The words that got him through everything where 'No pain no gain' and he will look forward to using his inner strength as he go forward in life. He wants to pass this book around the world for people to understand that no matter how hard life is or how hard you fight to beat an illness. If you want something that bad YOU CAN DO IT... (Publisher)

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There's something I've been dying to tell you (2014)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will be her final days, There's something I’ve been dying to tell you is a brave and brutally honest memoir and yet Lynda also manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour, bringing light to a very dark time. Woven into this very moving and brave story are extraordinary, colourful tales of her acting and family life that will enlighten and entertain as well as the journey that Lynda has taken to find the family of her birth father having already suffered heartache in her search for her birth mother. In the search for her father's family, Lynda finds a family with a history in entertainment showing that acting was always in the blood. Lynda Bellingham was a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the page in vivid detail. Lynda's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too and ultimately the way Lynda tells her life story will serve as a great inspiration. (Publisher)

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Chemotherapy for lung cancer. Understanding chemotherapy (July 2014)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This factsheet describes chemotherapy for small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancer and covers the following topics: anxiety (fear of needles); what happens during treatment; practical advice for dealing with side-effects (tiredness, sickness and nausea, mouth ulcers, hair loss, infection, diarrhoea, constipation, bruising or bleeding); diet during chemotherapy; and how doctors know if chemotherapy is working.

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Getting off the emotional roller coaster of cancer. A toolbox for patients, survivors, family members and caregivers (2014)

Anchor Rose Publishing

You sit across the desk from your doctor – and you learn you have cancer. As though you just got on a racing roller coaster, you’re suddenly overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, grief and depression. The journey with cancer begins. Are you prepared emotionally? Medical treatments for cancer continue to advance, yet tools to help cancer patients address their emotional wellbeing still lag behind. Physicians and psychologists now realize that healing is often greatly improved when both the physical and emotional needs of patients are met. In Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer, cancer psychotherapist Niki Barr gently guides you through diagnosis, medical treatment and beyond. This groundbreaking book gives you effective, easy-to-use tools to manage your journey through cancer with confidence and calm. (Publisher)

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How to cope with breast cancer when you have children (2014)

The must-have book for every mum battling breast cancer whilst trying to raise a family. • How do you tell your children you have breast cancer? • How do you allay their fears when you’re terrified yourself? • How will you take care of them when you’re recovering from a mastectomy or undergoing treatment? Parenting can be a challenge under normal circumstances, throw in a diagnosis of breast cancer and it can become overwhelming. How to Cope with Breast Cancer When You Have Children: Parenting for Breast Cancer Mums looks at the situation from a mother’s perspective and shows you how to successfully navigate yourself and your family through the most challenging time of your life. • Discover practical techniques that enable you to parent effectively through surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. • Follow simple step-by-step guides on how to cope with every aspect of parenting through breast cancer. • Find answers to questions such as how to tell your kids your kids you have cancer or how to explain your hair will fall out. • Learn how to utilize your natural maternal instincts as a weapon to fight breast cancer. How to Cope with Breast Cancer When You Have Children: Parenting for Breast Cancer Mums provides the inspiration, coping mechanisms and solutions you need to help you and those you love most – your children. (Publisher)

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Understanding non-Hodgkin lymphoma [Audio CD] (August 2014)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which aims to provide a better understanding of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, their diagnosis and treatment. It also has sections on feelings and sources of practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books, audiovisual materials and websites.

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Breast cancer. A journey from fear to empowerment (2014)

Britain’s Next Bestseller

If you're unfortunate enough to get breast cancer, the first question you may ask yourself is, 'Why me?'; Cath Filby asked herself the same question seven years ago when she was diagnosed. A double mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy, complementary therapy and reconstruction, using tissue from her stomach, followed. But this wasn't the end because Cath decided to write about her experiences in the hope that she could help others going through cancer to understand that, with faith, determination, support and an open mind, the journey through breast cancer can be far more bearable than you think. Cath describes each element of her treatment with a no-holds-barred approach but intersperses her story with a sprinkling of humour and more than a small dose of hope. (Publisher)

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