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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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Diet and breast cancer (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people having treatment for, or recovering from, breast cancer. It explains what is meant by a healthy diet and what to do if the effects of treatment cause problems such as changes in appetite or taste, nausea, sore mouth, constipation or diarrhoea. It also covers weight gain, weight loss, bone health, dietary supplements, phyto-oestrogens, alcohol, and complementary and alternative diets such as the Bristol diet, dairy-free diets and macrobiotics.

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Mouth care (March 2019)

Myeloma UK

People with myeloma can develop sore (mucositis) or dry mouths. This factsheet explains the reasons why this may occur and describes the symptoms of mucositis and oral thrush, prevention and treatment. Includes tips for self-management.

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Sore mouth (oral mucositis) (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people experience problems with their mouth following chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This factsheet has tips on oral hygiene and diet.

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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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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Helping your child to eat well during cancer treatment. A practical information guide for parents and families of a child or young person with cancer (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children with cancer may experience problems with eating and drinking at some stage. This can be due to the cancer or its treatment. This booklet has ideas on helping children with a poor appetite and other eating problems.

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Eat well during cancer. Helping you cope with common side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund

This booklet is for people living with cancer and those having cancer treatment, who want to know more about how to cope with the common side-effects, but also want to follow as healthy a diet and lifestyle as possible. It is a general guide and not suitable for people who are eating very little, have lost a lot of weight unintentionally or are receiving palliative care, as they will need specialist information and advice. 

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Common side effects of treatment. A guide for patients (October 2018)

Leukaemia Care

Cancer treatment can cause side-effects and sometimes these can be more difficult to manage than the illness itself. Some of these are common and experienced by many, some are much rarer and occur in very few patients. This booklet is designed to provide you with information about the common side-effects you may experience, what to expect and how they may be managed. It covers the following side effects: increased chance of infection; fatigue; hair loss; anaemia; gastrointestinal side-effects (nausea and vomiting, appetitie changes, constipation, diarrhoea); mouth changes; cognitive effects; pain and tingling; fertility; cardiac and lung toxicity; and secondary cancer risk. It also includes a glossary and details of useful contacts and further support.

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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Managing the symptoms of cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Practical advice on the common and less common symptoms that may occur with cancer, such as fatigue, eating problems, mouth problems, emotional effects, bowel problems, bladder problems, breathing difficulties, and skin problems. It describes the causes of each symptom and the medical and complementary therapies that can help. It has sections on how other people can help, support services, and practical and financial support. Includes a pullout symptom diary and details of useful organisations.

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Dry or sore mouth (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Brief tips on how to cope with a dry or sore mouth during and after treatment for cancer.

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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (February 2020)

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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Breast cancer in younger women (March 2020)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explores the feelings and experiences of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, covering topics such as treatment, physical effects, relationships, finding support, and practical issues. Individual women share their thoughts and experiences.

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Inflammatory breast cancer (February 2020)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet describes inflammatory breast cancer, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, treatment options and coping with the condition.

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Caring for someone who has lymphoma (February 2020)

Lymphoma Action

A carer is someone who looks after a person with an illness or disability without getting paid for it. You are a carer if you’re looking after a relative or a friend with lymphoma. This factsheet outlines the kind of help a carer might provide and lists sources of specialist support available to carers. Contents: Am I a carer?; Offering emotional support; Offering practical support; What if someone doesn’t accept help?; Emotional impact of being a carer; Emotional support for you as a care; Practical support for you as a carer.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England (April 2020)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available.

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Palbociclib with fulvestrant for treating hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer. Information for the public (January 2020)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Information about palbociclib (Ibrance), with fulvestrant, which is available through the Cancer Drugs Fund, and which may be used to treat hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer.

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Things to do before you die (2020)

Hospice UK|Dying Matters

Things to think through so that you and your loved ones will have fewer things to worry about when you are dying: make a will; make a funeral plan; start planning for your future care and support; kake your thoughts on organ donation known; manage your digital legacy; make sure your loved ones know your plans.

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Allogeneic stem cell transplants. A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet explains what an allogeneic stem cell transplant is and who receives one. It describes the procedure and what happens on transplant day, the side effects, graft-versus-host dsease, and what happens if the transplant doesn’t work. It also has a glossary and details of useful contacts and further support.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Bengali] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Urdu] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Hindi] (September 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL). A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) is a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). This booklet explains it what it is, and describes the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It also covers practical issues of living with APL and how to talk to your haematologist, family and friends.

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FLAG-Ida for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

FLAG-Ida is a combination chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It consists of fludarabine, high dose cytarabine (Ara-C0), idarubicin and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). This booklet explains the drugs, who may be eligible to receive this treatment, how FLAG-Ida is given, and the possible side-effects. Includes a glossary and details of further support and information.

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Travel and cancer (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about travelling abroad when you have cancer. There is also information for family, friends and carers. The booklet talks about the benefits of travel and how you can prepare for a trip abroad. It also gives tips on finding travel insurance and taking care while you are away. Includes details of useful organisations.

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A guide for prisoners at the end of life [in press] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for you if you may die in prison from a serious illness. It explains what might happen, how you may feel and what support is there to help you. There is some information about what will happen after your death and the support available for any family members and friends.

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Dear life. A doctor's story of love and loss (2020)

Little, Brown Book Group

As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself. (Publisher)

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Help with the cost of cancer in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland [in press] (March 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about getting benefits and other financial help if you are affected by cancer in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. It is for anyone living with cancer and their family, friends and carers. It explains the types of financial help you could get and how to claim this support. It also tells you who to contact for further help, including Macmillan’s welfare rights advisers.

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Where to get help. A guide to services (November 2019)

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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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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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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Understanding your small cell lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet explains what small cell lung cancer is, and addresses common questions and concerns. 

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Getting care and support. A guide for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends (April 2019)

Marie Curie

This guide is for people living with a terminal illness and their friends and family. It aims to helps you explore your care options. It explains what care may be available, what you can expect from it, and who to ask for help.

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Palliative care (September 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet is about palliative care at the end of life. It covers: What is palliative care?; Who provides palliative care?; Frequently asked questions about palliative care at the end of life.

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Coping with advanced cancer [Audio CD] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, with information to help people who have been told their cancer has spread or come back, and for their relatives and friends. It covers issues such as deciding about treatment, sources of emotional help, coping with day-to-day life, and putting affairs in order. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Men's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of prostate, bowel, lung, mouth and throat, oesophageal and testicular cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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My lung surgery (August 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has lung cancer and surgery is a possible treatment, then it’s almost certain that you will have a lot of questions. We have produced this booklet in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment. It discusses the types of surgery, what happens before, during and after surgery, and returning home.

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Financial support - benefits [Polish] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Financial support - benefits [Gujarati] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Financial support - benefits [Urdu] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Financial support - benefits [Bengali] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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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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Financial support - benefits [Welsh] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Financial support - benefits [Arabic] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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Supporting your grandchild and family. An information guide for grandparents of a child or young person diagnosed with cancer (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Being told your grandchild has cancer comes as a terrible shock. Most grandparents worry not only about their grandchild, but also about how their own son/daughter will cope. Many are also concerned about the effects a cancer diagnosis will have on other children within the family, how they can support their family and how, as grandparents, they themselves will cope. Sometimes, it is not as easy for grandparents to access information first hand and this can lead to feelings of isolation. This guide answers some of the many questions grandparents might have during diagnosis and treatment.

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Planning ahead. Thinking about your care and wishes ahead of time (July 2019)

Marie Curie

You may not feel like planning when you’re ill, but thinking about the future now and making your wishes known will help you feel more in control. It can also help those close to you handle your affairs if you aren’t able to. This booklet has information about some of the things you might want to think about, like deciding where and how you want to be cared for, or making a Will. 

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Eating well when eating becomes difficult. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This booklet aims to address some of the common difficulties that people may experience with eating during cancer treatment. It has advice and tips to help cope with the common effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy, such as oral thrush, sore or dry mouth, swallowing difficulties, taste changes, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, and tenesmus.

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Exemestane (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what exemestane is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and possible side effects. 

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Anastrazole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains briefly what Arimidex® is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken and the possible side-effects.

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Financial support - benefits [Russian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

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