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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: 418

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Chemotherapy for breast cancer (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes chemotherapy and explains how and when it might be used to treat breast cancer, and the possible side-effects. It also discusses issues such as fertility and contraception, and coping with chemotherapy.

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The man manual. Men's health made easy (February 2019)

Haynes Publishing for Men's Health Forum

One careful owner? With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. The new fully-revised 2019 edition of this easy-to-read handbook will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. There are also brand new interviews with men who've been on the journey and have a tale to tell. (Publisher)

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Managing lung cancer symptoms (August 2018)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has just been diagnosed with lung cancer you may have lots of questions. This booklet was produced with input from people affected by lung cancer and lung cancer experts, and is designed to help answer those questions.It describes the possible symptoms that may experienced when living with lung cancer and how to cope with them.

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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Chinese, Traditional] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about what to expect when you find out you have cancer and where to get help and support. Includes the English-language version.

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Capecitabine (Xeloda) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains briefly what capecitabine (Xeloda®) is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and possible side-effects.

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Pain and myeloma (June 2017)

Myeloma UK

This Infoguide aims to help you understand what pain is, the different types of pain and causes of pain in myeloma patients. It provides information on the different methods of pain treatment available, and gives guidance on non-medical strategies that may help to improve your pain and make living with pain a little easier.

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When your brother or sister has cancer. An information guide for teenagers and young adults whose sibling is diagnosed with cancer (November 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Being told that your brother or sister has cancer can be overwhelming and you may be full of questions. It is a difficult time for everyone in your family as life is turned upside down almost overnight. You will likely feel many different emotions as you try and come to terms with what your sibling’s diagnosis means for you and your family. You may feel worried or upset at this sudden change that you didn’t want or ask for, and you may desperately want everything to go back to normal as it was before their diagnosis. Life can seem very unfair. These feelings are completely normal and you are not alone. This guide covers how your brother or sister’s diagnosis might affect you, your feelings and emotions, and how it is important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. It explains more about cancer, and what you can expect over the coming weeks and months.

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Complementary therapies, relaxation and wellbeing (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about relaxation and wellbeing during and after breast cancer treatment. It looks at complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and massage. It also describes some popular relaxation techniques, including meditation and mindfulness, and has information on yoga, Thai Chi and Chi Gung. It discusses why people might use these complementary therapies and relaxation techniques after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and what they may need to think about before trying them. It also explains what herbal medicines and homeopathy are. 

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Managing your lung cancer diagnosis (August 2018)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, then it’s almost certain that you’ll 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. 

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Chemotherapy for lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet was produced in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment.

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Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer. Information for families and carers (August 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This booklet is for family members of someone with pancreatic cancer. It includes information on managing symptoms and side effects, and accessing the right care and support.

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Your medical team (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

If you have lymphoma, your care and treatment are planned and managed by a team of health professionals, known as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This factsheet covers the multi-disciplinary team, key workers, and MDT members.

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Secondary breast cancer in the brain (June 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the brain that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the brain is, what the symptoms are, and the investigations. Briefly outlines the treatment options. Lists useful organisations.

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Invasive lobular breast cancer (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of invasive lobular breast cancer. It describes what it is, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the treatment options and coping with the diagnosis.

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Your operation and recovery (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides information for anyone going into hospital for breast cancer surgery. It describes what may happen before admission, what to take into hospital, what happens before and after surgery, what to expect after surgery (normal changes, possible problems) and leaving hospital and recovering from surgery. Includes details of further support and useful organisations.

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Eating problems and cancer (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

During and after cancer treatment, many people can experience eating problems. This may be as a result of treatment or the cancer itself. This booklet highlights some common eating problems and why they may happen and suggest some practical ways to manage them.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Punjabi] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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High-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (June 2017)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet aims to help people understand more about the different types of high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It describes how they typically affect people, the usual treatments, and what people can expect during and after treatment.

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Being cared for at home [Welsh] (October 2018)

Marie Curie

This booklet is for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends. Inside you’ll find information about the care and support that’s available for you at home. 

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Patient guide. Diagnosis (July 2018)

Brainstrust

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

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Your breast clinic appointment (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet has been written for anyone referred to a breast clinic. It describes what to expect and the tests that may be carried out, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound scan, fine needle aspiration cytology, core biopsy, punch biopsy and vacuum-assisted biopsy.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet has information about osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), a rare condition that can occur during long-term treatment of myeloma with bisphosphonates.It describes bisphosphonates, why they are linked to ONJ, the risk factors for ONJ, its symptoms, and how it is treated and managed. Includes self-care tips to reduce the risk of ONJ.

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Choosing where to die (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different places you can be looked after in the last few months, weeks or days of your life.  

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Your hospital stay. What to expect when going into hospital, while you’re there and when you’re discharged (June 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to put older people at ease if they are going to be admitted to hospital. It will help them: prepare for going into hospital; understand their rights in hospital; understand the discharge process; and be more informed about care afterwards. It may also be useful for relatives and friends, as it can be a difficult time for them too. 

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Caring for carers. A guide for carers (June 2019)

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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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Arabic] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Tubular breast cancer (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes tubular breast cancer, diagnosis, treatment options and coping with the condition.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Northern Ireland (November 2019)

Carers Northern Ireland

Guidance and advice for carers in Northern Ireland. This guide is designed to outline the support available and your rights as a carer. 

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After someone dies. A leaflet about death, bereavement and grief for young people (2004)

Cruse Bereavement Care

Leaflet with support and advice for young people who have been bereaved. It covers the following issues: What is bereavement?; What might I feel?; How can I cope with it all?; I feel so alone; What can help?; How long will it take?

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My child has a brain or spinal tumour. A guide for parents and carers (January 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet has detailed information for parents whose child has a brain or spinal tumour. It covers the typical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, the treatment options, clinical trials, supportive care during treatment, and ongoing needs after therapy. Appendices include the structure and function of the brain, a glossary of terms, support groups and useful sources of information.

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My child has a kidney tumour. Information and support for parents (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet provides general information about kidney cancer (renal tumours) that occur in children.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales (November 2019)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Secondary breast cancer information pack (April 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This pack is for anyone with secondary breast cancer. It may also be useful for family, friends, or carers. It contains information that may be useful from diagnosis throughout treatment and care. The pack has four main parts. 1. The first part of the pack explains what secondary breast cancer is, looks at treatments and side effects, and has information about monitoring and coping with the physical effects of your condition. 2. The second part is called Your needs and concerns with secondary breast cancer. This looks at how to make sure your needs are met, from emotional and practical needs to concerns about relationships, work and finances, and health and wellbeing. 3. Personal organiser to help you record symptoms or side effects from treatment, which you can take with you to hospital appointments. You can also record appointment details and names and contact details of people involved in your care. 4. A small booklet called Planning ahead: choices and decisions about the end of life is for if and when you want to start thinking about these things. 

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Caring for your child at end of life. A guide for parents and carers (October 2019)

Together for Short Lives

Practical information to support parents and carers at this difficult time. It aims to answer some of the questions that you might have, and sets out what you should expect from children’s palliative care services with useful links to further sources of information and support. Includes reflections from families on their experience of losing a child. 

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Side effects of cancer treatment (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An overview of some of the more common side-effects that might happen with cancer treatments: bone marrow and blood, fatigue, mouth problems, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation, eating problems, skin, fertility, sex life, hormonal changes. The booklet suggests ways of dealing with them.

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Breast cancer and you: coping with diagnosis, treatment and the future (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone who is dealing with a diagnosis of primary breast cancer and its treatment. It discusses the emotions that may arise, how to tell other people, how to find out more, making decisions about treatment, and the effects of treatment, and looks ahead to the time when treatment is finished.

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time [Welsh] (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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Vertebral compression fractures in myeloma (September 2019)

Myeloma UK

This Infoguide has information about vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), how and why they occur in myeloma, and how they are treated. It also includes information on two surgical procedures used in the treatment of VCFs: percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty. 

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Talking with your children about breast cancer (June 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what children of different ages can understand about a serious illness such as cancer and how they may respond to the news that someone in the family has breast cancer. Individual parents describe their experiences and the booklet has advice on what, when and how to tell children about the diagnosis.

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Thinking about end of life. Finding support and getting your affairs in order (May 2018)

Age UK

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed can help people consider all their options at a time that’s right for them. This guide will make suggestions about the options and services available to help people make the best choices. It will explain how to make wishes and treatment preferences known, and help peole consider where they would like to be looked after towards the end of life.

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Personal organiser (April 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This organiser is for anyone with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer to keep a record of symptoms, side effects, and details of appointments. It is part of the Secondary breast cancer information pack.

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Understanding head and neck cancers (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about head and neck cancers. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as rarer cancers of the nasal cavity (inside the nose), sinuses, salivary glands and middle ear. This booklet is for anyone who has a head and neck cancer. The booklet explains: what head and neck cancer is; the signs and symptoms; the different treatment options; coping with head and neck cancer treatment.

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If your prostate cancer comes back. A guide to treatment and support (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are worried that their prostate cancer might come back, or whose cancer has recurred after one or more treatments. It describes why prostate cancer might come back, the treatment options, and how to get support. It has space to record the names and contact details of the health professionals involved in ongoing care, details of appointments, and results of PSA tests. Includes a glossary.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Scotland (November 2019)

Carers Scotland

Guidance and advice for carers in Scotland. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Patient guide. Survivorship (July 2018)

Brainstrust

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

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Advice for carers. A practical guide (May 2019)

Age UK

This guide looks at the practical and emotional sides of caring. It has information about areas such as benefits and flexible working hours, as well as how a caring role could affect wellbeing and social life. 

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Breast cancer during and after pregnancy (May 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women whose breast cancer has been diagnosed during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth. It describes how breast cancer is diagnosed in pregnancy and the treatment options. It also covers coping with the diagnosis and continuing with the pregnancy.

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How you may feel when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that explains grief and talks about the different emotions or changes you might experience if someone you love dies. There is also information about where to get support. 

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