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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: 426

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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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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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Diet and breast cancer (September 2017)

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. Also available as an e-book (Kindle, Kobe or Sony Reader)

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about looking after someone who has cancer. It explains: what it means to be a carer; who can help support you and the person you care forl the practical, emotional and financial issues you may face, and how to cope with them; ways you can help the person you care for manage symptoms or side effects; how to look after yourself.

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PEG feeding (2016)

Core

Introduction to percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding, which may be used following surgery to the head and neck. The factsheet explains how the PEG is inserted, care of the PEG, mouth care, and possible problems.

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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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Mouth care (May 2015)

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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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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Focus on mouth cancer (November 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet has facts about mouth cancer and describes the symptoms, who is at risk and how to reduce the risk. 

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Eating well for breast cancer. A guide for patients and their families (January 2012)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet offers advice on healthy eating with the long-term aim of maintaining weight and preventing weight gain. It explains why it is important to eat well and describes the components of a healthy diet (including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, protein, dairy foods, soya foods, fats, sugars, alcohol and fluids). It also has advice about what to eat if coping with the side-effects of treatment, such as a dry or sore mouth, changes in taste, difficulties swallowing, feeling full, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation.

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Taking care in the sun and hot weather (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information on taking care in the sun.

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Laryngectomy stoma care. A guide for the laryngectomee and family (September 2012)

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

Describes care of a stoma following laryngectomy, including cleaning, humidification, airway protection and clothing.

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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (November 2016)

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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Nutritional products. Availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings (November 2015)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Designed by dieticians for people with eating difficulties, this booklet describes the supplements available, those that are most suitable, and how each product can be used. Indicates those that are approved for kosher or halal diets.

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Advice about soft and liquidised food. A guide for patients and their families (March 2012)

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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7 steps to equal healthcare. Your guide to getting good health care if you have a learning disability [Easy read] (June 2018)

ENABLE Scotland|Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

This booklet is about getting good health care if you have cancer and a learning disability.

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Mouth cancer. How to spot the symptoms and reduce your risk (October 2015)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet contains information about the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Patient charter. The care you should expect and receive (September 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This booklet explains the standards of care everybody with pancreatic cancer should have while they are being diagnosed and treated for pancreatic cancer. You can use it as a guide to what you should expect. It can also help you talk to your doctors and nurses about the care you should receive.

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Colostomy. Hints and tips (May 2014)

Dansac Limited

This illustrated booklet aims to guide people with a colostomy through the first months after the operation and help them adapt to life with a stoma. It covers care of the stoma (including changing the bag, disposal of products, and irrigation) going home after the operation, diet and nutrition (including odour, wind, diarrhoea and constipation), clothing, sex and relationships, exercise, going back to work and travel.

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What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients [Audio] (April 2013)

General Medical Council

This guide explains how to create a partnership with your doctor and get the most out of the consultation.

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Diet and nutrition for pancreatic cancer (June 2015)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

This booklet for patients and carers contains information about how pancreatic cancer can affect diet and nutrition. It covers managing dietary symptoms such as poor appetite, weight loss and diarrhoea, dietary supplements and diabetes and diet. Contains dietary advice for patients undergoing surgery and for patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy.

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Your A-Z of pain relief. A guide to pain relief medicines (February 2015)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet has a list of medicines commonly used for pain at the Christie Hospital. It includes information on when and how to take them, the most common side-effects, and advice on what to do if pain is a problem at home.

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Healing (August 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what healing is and what happens in a healing session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients [British Sign Language] (April 2013)

General Medical Council

This guide explains how to create a partnership with your doctor and get the most out of the consultation.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet explains briefly what Taxotere® is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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Taking care of your breasts [English/Urdu] (February 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

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

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A guide for exercising during and after treatment for cancer (July 2014)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

The aim of this booklet is to teach people a simple exercise programme for use during and after treatment for cancer. It describes what fatigue is, including the signs to look for, and the benefits of exercise. It demonstrates ten exercises with the aid of diagrams. The accompanying DVD teaches a programme of exercises suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Your guide to cervical cancer (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A guide for women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and those who care about them.  

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Caring for someone with a lung condition. Information for carers, family and friends (November 2018)

British Lung Foundation

Information and support for those caring for someone with a lung condition (not specifically lung cancer).

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Your A-Z of coping with nausea and vomiting. A guide for patients and their carers (November 2012)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet describes the possible causes of nausea and vomiting, and the drugs that may be prescribed to prevent or treat it (Aprepitant, Cyclizine, Dexamethasone, Domperidone, Haloperidol, Levomepromazine, Lorazepam, Metoclopramide, and Ondansetron). It also has advice on self-help, including complementary therapy.

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Patient guide. Palliative care (July 2018)

Brainstrust

One in a series of eight leaflets that form the Brain Tumour Patient Guide.

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Reflexology (February 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what reflexology is and describes what happens in a typical reflexology session. It includes a summary of research evidence published to date.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

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Yoga (July 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what yoga is and what happens in a yoga session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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Taking care of your breasts [English/Bengali] (August 2014)

Breast Cancer Care

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

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Managing symptoms at home. Palliative care information for families (February 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet provides information about common symptoms, their causes and available treatments and includes suggestions for things parents and carers can do at home to help their child.

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Nordic walking (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what Nordic walking is, the health benefits and what happens in a Nordic walking session. It includes a summary of the research evidence to date about its effectiveness.

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Paclitaxel (Taxol) (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

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

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Relaxation (March 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet has information about relaxation and how it may be used to help relieve symptoms of cancer and its treatment. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date.

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The emotional impact of a blood cancer (April 2016)

Leukaemia CARE

Leaflet for anyone recently diagnosed with a blood or lymphatic cancer, receiving treatment, worried that their cancer might come back, or supporting a family member or friend. It describes where to get information and how to ask. It also discusses feelings and the changes that people experience: daily routine; finances; relationships; roles; physical changes.

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Qigong (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what qigong is and what happens in a yoga session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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Counselling (July 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what counselling is, the common types, and what happens in a counselling session. It includes a summary of the research evidence to date about its effectiveness.

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Planning for your future care. A guide (September 2014)

National End of Life Care Programme

This booklet explains advance care planning (ACP) and the different options available and has practical advice on how people can engage in ACP with health and social care professionals and their carers or family. The guide emphasises that with particularly significant decisions, such as refusal of a specific treatment, certain procedures must be followed.

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Skin care (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply skin products to help people with a stoma manage their condition.

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Caring for carers (July 2017)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet for carers discusses the emotions that they may experience when caring for someone with a blood cancer: anxiety; stress; guilt; fear; loneliness; anger. It also looks at dealing with the practicalities of being a carer, including financial support, self employment and legal rights at work.

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Choosing treatment : the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes the work of NICE and the recommendations that it has made about the treatment of ovarian cancer.

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The next stage. Recovery and adjustment (June 2017)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet is for people adjusting to life after diagnosis and treatment of a blood cancer.

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