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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: 367

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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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Treating primary breast cancer (December 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes the range of treatments that may be offered to women with newly diagnosed breast cancer.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales (October 2018)

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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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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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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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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Understanding gynaecological sarcomas (April 2018)

Sarcoma UK

This booklet is for anyone recently diagnosed with a gynaecological sarcoma. It explains what gynaecological sarcomas are, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options. It includes space to record details of your diagnosis, the names and contact details of your health care team, and your appointments.

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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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Understanding your pathology results (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains the information in a pathology report for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the terms used and what the information means, and also suggests questions that women may want to ask their doctor.

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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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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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After breast cancer treatment: what now? (June 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what happens after your hospital-based treatments finish. It includes information on follow-up care, being breast and body aware, the ways breast cancer may come back, and how you might feel after treatment ends.

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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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Hair loss (September 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Some lymphoma treatments can cause your hair to thin or fall out. Knowing what to expect and what you can do about it may help you cope with losing your hair. This factsheet has advice on how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment. It also tells you about some of the options you may wish to consider until your hair grows back. 

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Phyllodes tumours: malignant and borderline malignant (August 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what malignant and borderline malignant phyllodes tumours are, the symptoms, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options.

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Understanding kidney cancer (April 2017)

Kidney Cancer UK

This booklet has information about kidney cancer, including the symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, and the treatment options. It also briefly discusses life with kidney cancer, including feelings, day-to-day living, money, and support. Includes sources of further information and a glossary.

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When your partner has breast cancer (June 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for anyone in a relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Breast care for women (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about breast cancer, how to check your breasts, changes to look for and breast screening. 

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Understanding GIST: gastrointestinal stromal tumours (July 2016)

Sarcoma UK

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST). It explains hat GIST is, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. It includes space to record details of your diagnosis, the names and contact details of your health care team, and your appointments.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Gujarati] (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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Living with an illness that you will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about the different people who can help them and care for them.

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Patient guide. Receiving diagnosis after biopsy (July 2018)

Brainstrust

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

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

Breast Cancer Care

Illustrated mini leaflet showing women how to check their breasts.

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Primary breast cancer information pack (December 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This pack is for women who have been told they have primary (early) breast cancer. It includes information about breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatments.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Northern Ireland (October 2018)

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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Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) (May 2015)

Myeloma UK

Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) appears to be related to long-term treatment with bisphosphonates. This factsheet 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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How to check your lymph nodes (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

This leaflet has been written for people who wish to check their lymph nodes between clinic appointments. It describes the lymphatic system and uses illustrations to explain how to check lymph nodes in the head and neck, in the armpit, and in the groin.

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My care, my future. A guide for women living with incurable ovarian cancer (May 2017)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This guide has been written to help women deal with the challenges of living with ovarian cancer that is terminal.

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Living well with myeloma. Your essential guide (December 2016)

Myeloma UK

This guide has been written for people who have been diagnosed with myeloma, and for their families and friends. While it explains what myeloma is and briefly describes treatment options, the focus of the booklet is the emotional response to a diagnosis, with advice on self-care (diet, exercise, coping with pain and fatigue, avoiding infections) finance and travel, and the concerns of carers. Includes a self-help checklist, a list of questions to ask, and details of useful organisations.

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A parent's guide: making critical care choices for your child (September 2014)

Together for Short Lives

This leaflet is for parents, carers or legal guardians of a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition who are thinking about critical care options. It explains what critical care choices are, describes an end of life care plan and discusses concerns such as: making an informed choice; making the most of time left; feeling under pressure to make a quick decision; talking to the child; and disagreeing with the health care professionals. Includes details of sources of support.

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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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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Scotland (October 2018)

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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Breast awareness and screening (May 2017)

Action Cancer

This leaflet describes when and how to check the breasts for changes and what to look for. It briefly explains what a mammogram is. Contains information on local services and describes the work of Action Cancer in Northern Ireland.

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Facing the death of your child. Suggestions and help for families, before and afterwards (April 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet is for parents of children who can no longer be cured. It provides suggestions and help for families on all aspects of bereavement.

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Fallopian tube cancer (December 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet has about fallopian tube cancer. It describes what fallopian tube cancer is, the risk factors, symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatment options (surgery, chemotherapy), and follow-up care.

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Going into hospital? A guide for patients, carers and families (2015)

Eastdown Publishing

Hospitals are a constant presence in the lives of many people. Almost everyone will visit or go into hospital at some point in their life. This can be a confusing experience: the environment is strange, the daily routine is unfamiliar and it is hard to understand the medical language. Going into hospital is, in many ways, like visiting a foreign country. This book is your guide to the foreign land of the hospital. It provides clear, practical information about how hospitals work, who the staff are and the investigations and treatments you may receive. The book helps you understand hospital-speak by translating it into straightforward English. The book has been written by a consultant surgeon, a pharmacist and a psychologist who have all worked in hospitals for many years. If you are better informed and can understand concepts like choice, risk and benefit, you can work more effectively with your healthcare team to make the right decisions, and you will be better equipped to help yourself and your family. You will find this book an invaluable guide to a journey through the hospital. (Publisher)

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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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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2017)

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 2017)

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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Cancer awareness in the Muslim community [Arabic] (September 2014)

Sheffield Hallam University. Centre for Health and Social Care Research

The aim of this leaflet is to improve cancer awareness amongst the Muslim community in the UK.

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Living well. After bowel cancer treatment (August 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

The information in this booklet is for anyone who has had treatment for bowel cancer. It may also be helpful for family and friends. It describes follow-up care, possible side effects from treatment, and some of the feelings people might have after finishing treatment. It also explains how a healthy lifestyle can help and your rights are 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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Breast care and self examination (December 2017)

Women's Health Concern

This factsheet has been designed to help women understand more about their breasts and describes regular self-examination, the breast awareness five point code, breast pain, and nipple changes. It also has brief information on breast lumps, breast cancer, and breast screening.

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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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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Looking after yourself [Easy read] (June 2017)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about looking after yourself if you are caring for someone with a an illness they will probably die from.

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Radiotherapy for advanced prostate cancer (March 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer who would like to know more about treatment with palliative radiotherapy. It explains who can have palliative radiotherapy, how it treats advanced prostate cancer and the advantages and disadvantages. It covers external beam radiotherapy and internal radiotherapy (radioisotopes), describing what the treatment involves and the side effects. It does not cover the treatment of localised or locally-advanced prostate cancer.

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Cancer awareness in the Muslim community [Somali] (September 2014)

Sheffield Hallam University. Centre for Health and Social Care Research

The aim of this leaflet is to improve cancer awareness amongst the Muslim community in the UK.

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