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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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Advanced prostate cancer. Managing symptoms and getting support (March 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and are experiencing symptoms such as bone pain.

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Understanding primary brain tumours (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help people understand more about primary brain tumours (both malignant and benign). It covers the different types of brain tumour, the causes, signs and symptoms, treatment, and recurrence. It also covers emotions, support, and practical and financial help.

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If you are dying from cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how you might feel if you find out your cancer cannot be cured. The booklet talks about things that might help and people who can support you.  

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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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Cancer and dementia. A guide for carers (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer and dementia. It is for anyone who looks after a friend or family member who has both cancer and dementia. Living with two conditions can be very difficult for you and the person you care for. This booklet talks about some of the worries you may have and ways to cope. It also gives practical information about getting help and support.

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Going to a funeral when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what a funeral is, what might happen and other ways of remembering someone who has died.  

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Your life and your choices: plan ahead (Scotland) (March 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Public Health Agency

This booklet is about some of the ways that people with cancer in Scotland can plan and make choices about their future care. 

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Changes that can happen at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about symptoms you might have with advanced cancer and things that can help. 

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2019)

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 for; 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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Your step by step guide to making a will (June 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how to make or update your will, what to include, who to include, whether you should use a solicitor, how inheritance tax is calculated, and further sources of information and other useful organisations.

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Going home from hospital (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how care and support is arranged for people with cancer when they are discharged from hospital.

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Signs and symptoms of cancer and how to reduce your risk (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet explains how to recognise the early signs of cancer and how to reduce the risk. It describes the symptoms to look out for (unexplained bleeding, weight loss, lumps, pain) and how to reduce the risk by making lifestyle changes (smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol drinking and taking care in the sun).

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Coping with advanced cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have cancer that has come back or spread. This is sometimes called advanced cancer. It looks at some of the concerns you may be dealing with and has advice about ways of coping. It also talks about treatments and your feelings and has practical information about getting help and support.

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Working while caring for someone with cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Radiotherapy. Your questions answered (June 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what radiotherapy is, how it works, the benefits and risks, how treatment is planned, and what happens during treatment. It also discusses the possible side-effects, how people feel during treatment, and what happens after treatment is finished.

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Mesothelioma (November 2017)

British Lung Foundation

This booklet describes mesothelioma, the link with asbestos, who is at risk, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. It also discusses financial support and end-of-life care. Includes a glossary of medical terms and further sources of support and information.

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Chemotherapy. Your questions answered (November 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what chemotherapy is, how it works, how treatment is planned and carried out, and possible side-effects; for example, anaemia, infection, appetite changes, nausea, skin changes, hair loss, and fertility problems. It also briefly discusses issues such as emotional well-being and fatigue. Includes further sources of information and support.

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What to do after cancer treatment ends: 10 top tips (May 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Suggestions to help people get the best care and support after treatment ends and to live as healthy and active a life as possible.

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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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Spirituality and religion at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that talks about the role religion and faith may play at the end of life and other things that might help you feel spiritual. 

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Swollen feet and legs (April 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Information on skin hygiene, foot protection, and footwear for people with lymphoedema. Includes details of companies supplying specialist footwear.

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Regaining bowel control after bowel cancer treatment (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

Regaining bowel control can be one of the biggest challenges that you face after surgery for bowel cancer. In this booklet we explain approaches you can take and the support available to you. 

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Cancer and pregnancy (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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Head, face and neck lymphoedema (November 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Lymphoedema of the head, face and neck may occur following surgery or radiotherapy. This leaflet describes the treatment and management options, including manual lymphatic drainage, simple lymphatic drainage, exercise, skin care, positioning and compression. Psychological distress is briefly considered.

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Making decisions about the future if you are dying (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to plan for your future, including making an Advance Care Plan.  

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Follow the child. Planning and having the best end-of-life care for your child (2018)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Drawing on her family's own experiences and those of other parents facing the death of a child from illness or a life-limiting condition, Sacha Langton-Gilks explains the challenges, planning, and conversations that can be expected during this traumatic period. Practical advice such as how to work with the healthcare professionals, drawing up an Advance Care Plan, and how to move care into the home sit alongside tender observations of how such things worked in her own family's story. The book also includes a template person-centred planning document, developed by experts in the field. Empowering and reassuring, this book will help families plan and ensure the best possible end-of-life care for a child or young person. (Publisher)

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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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Clinical trials. Your questions answered (June 2018)

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust

This booklet uses a question and answer format to help people with cancer decide whether to participate in a clinical trial of cancer treatment. It includes sources of further information and support.

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What can help you feel better when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about coping with grief and things that can help you. 

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Having tests for prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for men who may be having tests for prostate cancer; these may be diagnostic (DRE, PSA, PCA3, TRUS, biopsy, MRI) or tests that may be carried out to determine the stage and grade of prostate cancer (Isotope bone scan, X-rays, MRI and CT scans). It also covers issues such as waiting for test results and talking to healthcare staff. Includes a list of questions to ask and details of further support.

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Cancer WTF? Want the facts? (February 2018)

CLIC Sargent

Hearing you have cancer throws you into a world of “unknowns”. It’s like finding yourself in the middle of a maze with no clue how you’re supposed to find your way back out again. It’s confusing and scary when you don’t know which way to turn. But that’s where we all step in – your loved ones, care and medical professionals and the many organisations dedicated to supporting you. We’ll make sure that you will never be alone through this, and can set you on the right path until everything starts making sense again. This booklet should help you on your way.

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Skin care for people with lymphoedema (May 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

This leaflet explains why skin care is important for people with lymphoedema and gives general advice on skin care, including the use of emollients. It also covers special problems that can occur in lymphoedema, such as dermatitis, fungal infections and lymphorrhoea.

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Expectations of care for patients with a continent urinary diversion (eg Mitrofanoff) in the primary care setting (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

Guidelines for people with a continent urinary diversion (Mitrofanoff) in the event of problems with pouch function, urinary tract infections, bleeding or discharge.

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Expectations of care for patients with a neobladder in the primary care setting (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

Guidelines for people with a neobladder in the event of problems with neobladder function, urinary tract infections, or bleeding.

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Expectations of care for patients with an ileal conduit (urostomy) in the primary care setting (November 2017)

Urostomy Association

Guidelines for people with an ileal conduit (urostomy) in the event of problems such as urinary tract infections, bleeding, discharge, a hernia or sore skin.

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Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer and who are experiencing side-effects after treatment has ended.

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Things that are important to me. Sharing what is important to my healthcare team [Easy read] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support|ENABLE Scotland|CHANGE

It is helpful to tell your doctors and nurses what is important to you. This will help them give you the best care. You can use this book to write about what is important to you.

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All about leukaemia [Easy read] (September 2019)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet explains what leukaemia is, what tests you might have, and the different treatments you might get.

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Feel more like you. Expert advice on caring for your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how certain cancer treatments can cause changes to your appearance. It is for people who have had changes to their skin, nails and hair because of cancer treatment. It gives advice on how to manage these changes to help you feel more like you again. We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have. 

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Blood clot prevention. A guide for patients and carers (May 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet explains the risk of developing a blood clot while in hospital. It describes the signs of a blood clot, who is at risk, and how to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot. Please note: this booklet includes contact details and instructions specific to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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Understanding lung cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has detailed information on the causes of lung cancer, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Includes information on clinical trials and issues such as feelings, talking to children, and financial support. 

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Preferred priorities for care (2007)

National End of Life Care Programme

The Preferred Priorities for Care (PPC) can help you prepare for the future. It gives you an opportunity to think about, talk about and write down your preferences and priorities for care at the end of your life. Please note: This form is for people living in England and Wales only. We suggest you read it alongside our booklet. Your life and your choices: plan ahead. 

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Chemo cookery club (2013)

John Blake Publishing

Chemo Cookery Club is packed with delicious recipes to help make everyday food a positive part of life for cancer sufferers and their carers. With tempting treats and healthy food ideas, the emphasis is on the nutritional values that can make a difference, but most importantly this is a book that lifts the spirits - especially when food and diet can become a bit tricky. If you or someone you love are going through treatment, this book will help you create delicious meals and snacks that tantalise the tastebuds no matter how experienced - or otherwise - you are in the kitchen. Penny Ericson, experienced cook and carer, celebrates everyday meals and how they contribute to wellness, both physically and emotionally. If you're struggling with loss of appetite, wondering how to get more iron into your diet, wanting to relieve 'metal mouth' or dismayed that the foods you used to love now seem boring and tasteless as a result of treatment, Penny can help. Nutritional information and recipe analysis has been contributed by leading cancer research dietician Barbara Parry MSc PD, and the book has been enthusiastically endorsed by major cancer charities. (Publisher)

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Fighting spirit. A cancer survivor’s journey (2016)

Austin Macauley

When your enemy is clearly visible, it makes fighting them so much easier, than if they are elusive, such as cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer is everybody's worst nightmare. It is automatically seen as a death sentence. It was no different for Nicolas. His first thoughts were about his mortality, but to help him through his treatment and recovery he used the skills and discipline he had learnt in martial arts. His 'Fighting Spirit' helped him deal with everything that cancer brings with it, along with his faith and support network of family and friends. Rather than focusing on the negative, Nicolas remains positive, using references from some of his favourite films to give him direction, steering him towards a healthy, cancer-free future. The 'Fighting Spirit' helps Nicolas to see his cancer as an enemy that needs to be defeated in battle. He uses his martial arts mindset to visualise and conquer his foe. There will be only one winner. (Publisher)

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What now? A practical guide for parents and carers (February 2018)

CLIC Sargent

A booklet for parents of children diagnosed with cancer.

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Time to care. How to love your patients and your job (2012)

Rebelheart Publishers

In today's beleaguered healthcare system, burdened with epidemic levels of stress, depression and burnout, 'Time to care' offers health professionals the opportunity of renewal. Here are the secrets to building a happy and fulfilling practice, wellbeing and resilience. Youngson bravely relates his own transition, from a detached clinician to a champion for humane whole-patient care; at times poignant, sometimes funny but always brutally honest. TIME to CARE offers a deeply compassionate and insightful account of a health system that is failing both patients and practitioners all over the world. But there’s more…. Drawing on advances in neuroscience and positive psychology, and tapping the power of appreciative inquiry, Youngson conveys in clear and simple language how health workers can strengthen their hearts, learn the skills of compassionate caring, and rise above institutional limitations to transform patient care - and rediscover their vocation. Tipped to become an international best-seller, 'Time to care' is recommended reading for today’s health professionals, students, health leaders, patients, and all those passionate about re-humanizing healthcare. (Publisher)

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Never too young to grieve. Supporting children under 5 after the death of a parent (2018)

Winston's Wish

A child’s early years are a time of development and change which helps shape the rest of their life. From newborn babies needing constant attention and care to curious children seeking new experiences, an immense amount of learning and change happen during this short period of time. A key focus of early childhood is the relationships that children form with the important people in their lives — usually parents, carers and siblings. Most children will form a strong, secure bond with these people, which enables them to feel safe, and encourages the curiosity that helps them to explore their world. Bereavement during a child’s early years interrupts the attachment that they have with that person. In the absence of strong memories of their own, it can be hard for a young child to remember the person who has died and to feel connected to them. This booklet is designed for parents, carers, childcare professionals and other adults supporting children up to the age of 5 who have experienced the death of a parent or carer. It offers information and ideas as well as some activities which we hope will benefit children and their families. (Publisher)

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Going on the turn. A memoir (2017)

Weidenfeld and Nicholson

Danny Baker's third volume of memoirs barrels along at the same cracking pace as its predecessors, the bestselling Going to Sea in a Sieve (the inspiration for the major TV series Cradle to Grave and subsequent nationwide tour) and Going off Alarming. With his trademark exuberance, he recalls the years which included six years' involvement in the massive TV hit TFI Friday ('piling it up with hellzapoppin' ideas') - during which time he stalked John Cleese in New York, entertained David Bowie and Paul McCartney, bizarrely reunites with Sir Michael Caine, gets befriended by Peter O'Toole and becomes a member of Led Zeppelin for 35 minutes. However, the tales are not reliant on celebrity alone, and the book comes packed with the usual quota of Baker family jewels, including Spud's attitude to doctors, Danny's trip to Amsterdam to get stoned for the first time (he fails), getting caught up in football rioting, and the now infamous 'kaboom' of an outburst following his despatch from BBC London. And then there's the cancer. Spoiler alert: this is the one in which he almost dies. Further spoiler alert: he doesn't. (Publisher)

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Nourish. The cancer care cookbook (2013)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

Eating well is important when you are living with cancer. Research proves that what you eat can protect you against cancer as well as having a crucial impact before, during and after treatment. But often you may feel too tired, ill or stressed to prepare a balanced and nutritious meal, or you may not feel like eating at all. Don't worry -help is at hand. Nourish, brought to you by the team at Penny Brohn Cancer Care, shows you how to create simple meals, snacks and drinks that are packed with nutrients to support your body. And if you're cooking for a loved one you can rest assured that you will be providing the best possible meals to make them feel better. In Nourish you will find over 70 easy to prepare recipes that incorporate nutrient rich foods to support your body, optimize your enjoyment of food and benefit your health. Whether you are undergoing treatment, have opted to eat healthier as a preventative measure or are supporting someone through cancer and wish to provide nourishing dishes for them, this book will be your culinary guide. (Publisher)

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Fast facts: Ovarian cancer (2017)

Health Press

In the last few years there has been a revolutionary increase in our knowledge of ovarian cancer management, from detection and genetics to surgery and novel targeted treatment approaches. This means that when it comes to detecting, diagnosing and treating women who have, or are suspected of having, ovarian cancer, there are significant opportunities for the well-informed healthcare professional to intervene in a meaningful way. This resource offers a comprehensive overview of all levels of care, summarizing the most recent advances and putting them in a clinically meaningful context. It answers important questions such as when to operate and when to treat with various modalities, both conventional and novel. We have striven to capture the key knowledge that a busy healthcare professional caring for patients with ovarian cancer needs, in a refreshingly readable concise format. (Publisher)

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