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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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The cancer Olympics (2014)

Friesen Press

Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention...and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in your province. After her delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Robin McGee reaches out to her community using a blog entitled "Robin's Cancer Olympics." Often uplifting and humourous, the blog posts and responses follow her into the harsh landscape of cancer treatment, medical regulation, and provincial politics. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . . A true story, The Cancer Olympics is a suspenseful and poignant treatment of an unthinkable situation, an account of advocacy and survival that explores our deepest values regarding democracy, medicine, and friendship. www.thecancerolympics.com (Publisher)

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Laryngectomy is not a tragedy. An introduction to pharyngeal speech (2013)

Cancer Laryngectomee Trust

This updated edition contains the original chapters written by Sydney Norgate in 1989 plus additional material by Dr Nicola Oswald on current speech methods and future developments. It will provide help and encouragement to all laryngectomy patients and their families. It is full of practical advice and information, as well as reassurance. The author, who had himself had his larynx removed, wrote from personal experience of the problems caused by the loss of normal speech, and describes the method of learning to use substitute pharyngeal speech. Written in a straightforward, humorous style and illustrated with cartoons 'Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy' has proved to be a valuable source of advice and inspiration to all those who face this operation. (Publisher)

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Work and cancer [Audio CD] (2013)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which aims to help people with cancer to cope with issues that they may face at work during treatment and afterwards. It considers concerns such as coping with symptoms and side-effects, taking time off during treatment, talking to colleagues, discrimination, financial issues, and giving up work for good. It also covers work issues that may affect the carers of people with cancer. Includes details of useful organisations, books, audiovisual material and websites.

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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 end of your life book club (2013)

Two Roads

When New York publisher Will Schwalbe’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, he went with her to her treatments. To while away the time in the hospital they distracted themselves with talk of the books they’d read and shared and recommended and, in Will’s case, sometimes pretended to read. But while you might pretend to a bookseller you’ve read a book you don’t pretend to your mother who is dying of cancer. So they read and re-read and explored that particular bond of books they’d always shared. Thus was born a very special book club with just two members: a mother and a son. The ones they choose range from classic to popular, from fantastic to spiritual, and we hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions. (Publisher)

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Managing breathlessness [Audio CD] (May 2013)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. It includes information about breathing and relaxation exercises, treatments, practical tips for everyday living and a list of useful contacts for further information and support.

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Living with lung cancer. Personal experiences and a visual guide (DVD) (November 2013)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This DVD has been produced with the help of people whose lives have been affected by lung cancer, and health care professionals. The content is divided into chapters so that users can select the most relevant section at any time in their cancer journey. It is available to view online, or as part of the ‘Lung cancer. Answering your questions’ pack.

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Coping successfully with chronic illness. Your healing plan (2013)

Sheldon Press

Chronic illness involves huge stress and uncertainty, especially when you come to the end of what the doctor can offer. Many conditions need on-going management, such as migraine, epilepsy, diabetes, persisting fatigue, arthritis, cancer, and pain. This book, by a popular Sheldon author, aims to empower those with chronic illness where medical help may be limited. It explores the possibilities of healing, along with the importance of taking responsibility for self-management. It also looks at practicalities such as planning and pacing in everyday tasks; avoiding isolation and developing effective communication with others; nutrition and natural remedies; balancing exercise, relaxation, and stress; avoiding depression and regaining self-esteem; and building in time for enjoyment. (Publisher)

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Eek! My mummy has breast cancer (2013)

Club Books

When my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 it literally rocked my world, the world of my family, and the world of our friends. I searched everywhere looking for information about breast cancer that teenagers could understand and relate to - I couldn't find any. I decided if I couldn't find any books about breast cancer that I, as a teenager, could understand, I would have to write my own book from my experience on dealing with a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer and in the hope others could find useful that I struggled to find originally. This is what I put together and for all teenagers and young people out there I hope you find this book useful, helpful and most of all: comforting. Emma Sutherland. (Publisher)

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Brain tumours. Living low grade. The patient guide to life with a slow-growing brain tumour (2013)

ngo media

Slow-growing brain tumours change lives forever. This readable and moving non-technical guide is about living with a low grade tumour, a diagnosis given to thousands of people every year. Featuring dozens of personal testimonies from those dealing daily with the impact of their tumours, this book offers information, support and reassurance for those with a low grade brain tumour, their family and friends. Father of two Gideon Burrows was told he had an incurable and inoperable low grade glioma brain tumour aged just 35. He discovered information was scarce for those with slow growing brain tumours and about the particular challenges patients like him face. In this book, he shares his own experiences and those of many others as they came to understand their diagnosis and learned how to live low grade. (Publisher)

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