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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: 412

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Mummy's lump (April 2015)

Breast Cancer Care

This book is aimed at children under six and follows Elly and Jack as they learn of their mother's diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Also available as a read-aloud iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch download, read by Zoe Wanamaker (free iOS version or download from iTunes).

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Take control of your health and be wellaware. Cancer awareness for men (June 2013)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Advice on reducing the risk of cancer by making lifestyle changes (weight, diet, physical activity, alcohol intake, sun care, smoking) and by being body aware.

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Zoledronic acid for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Zoledronic acid is a drug that’s given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. This booklet explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause.

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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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Focus on bowel cancer (August 2013)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet has facts about bowel cancer and the bowel and describes the symptoms, who is at risk and how to reduce the risk. It mentions the bowel screening programme in Northern Ireland.

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Explaining the NICE guidelines for diagnosing and managing pancreatic cancer (August 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced guidelines for health professionals diagnosing and caring for people with pancreatic cancer. These guidelines are for the most common type of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Health professionals don’t have to follow these guidelines, but they must take them into account when making decisions about care. They should also take your needs and wishes into account.

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Radiotherapy for primary breast cancer (May 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes radiotherapy for primary (early) breast cancer. It explains what radiotherapy is, why it might be needed, how it is given, what to expect, treatment planning, and the possible side-effects. 

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FEC chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes the FEC chemotherapy combination (5 fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide), when it may be used, how it works, how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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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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High-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (February 2017)

Myeloma UK

High-dose therapy and stem cell transplantation is a treatment option for many people who have myeloma. This booklet explains what high-dose therapy and stem cell transplantation is, why it is needed, and the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment. It also discusses what will happen during the procedure, what to do on returning home, and feelings and relationships.

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Focus on being breast aware (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet briefly describes who is most at risk of developing breast cancer, how to examine the breasts for changes, and what to look out for.

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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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Focus on common female cancers (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Brief overview of the most common women's cancers (ovarian, cervical, womb and breast).

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Complementary therapy (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes complementary therapies and how they may be used in lymphoma. It has brief information about the different types (acupuncture, aromatherapy, art therapy, chiropractic care, massage, mindfulness, music therapy, tai chi and yoga), and also looks at choosing a complementary therapy, finding a practitioner, the availability of complementary therapy and regulation.

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Chemotherapy for lung cancer (January 2014)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Information for anyone just diagnosed with lung cancer to help them make informed decisions about their care.

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Focus on men's health (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Lifestyle tips for men to help reduce the risk of cancer.

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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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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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Reducing the risk of lymphoedema (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what lymphoedema is and who is at risk. It describes how to reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, and what to do if problems occur (swelling and skin damage).

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Focus on testicular cancer (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet describes the causes and sympots of testicular cancer and explains how to carry out self examination.

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Paget's disease of the breast (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of Paget's disease of the breast, including what it is, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and the treatment options.

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Breast prostheses, bras and clothes after surgery (December 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides practical information about breast prostheses (artificial breast forms), bras and clothes for women who have had surgery for breast cancer. Includes photographs, quotes from women, and details of suppliers.

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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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Pertuzumab with Perjeta (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what pertuzumab is, when it’s given and its possible side effects. Pertuzumab is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. Its current brand name is Perjeta®.

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Breast reconstruction (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for women considering breast reconstruction after breast surgery to treat breast cancer.

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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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Secondary breast cancer in the liver (March 2017)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with secondary cancer in the liver that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the liver is, the possible symptoms and how they can be managed, the investigations that might be needed, and the treatment options.

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Who's WHO in YOUR clinical team? (September 2015)

Brainstrust

A who's who of healthcare professionals involved in the care of someone with a brain tumour: GP; consultant neurosurgeon; consultant neurologist; consultant radiologist; neuro-oncologist; clinical psychologist; neuro-ophthalmologist; community neurological rehabilitation nurse; neuro-oncology clinical nurse specialist; epilepsy nurse; palliative care nurse; specialist allied health professional; disability co-ordinator (higher education). It describes the role of each professional and how they can help.

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Know your breasts. A guide to breast awareness and screening (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet aims to help women understand more about their breasts, how they develop and age, and the normal changes that can occur before a period, during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, and before, during and after the menopause. It uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and advises what to do if a change is noticed. It also describes routine breast screening, what happens at the clinic, and the limitations of screening.

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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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Osteoporosis and breast cancer treatment (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been treated for breast cancer and who may be concerned about their risk of osteoporosis. It describes osteoporosis, who is at risk, breast cancer treatment and bone density, how to look after your bones, and what to do if you think you have osteoporosis.

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FEC-T chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what the chemotherapy combination FEC-T is, when it may be prescribed, how it is given and what side effects may occur. FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs: 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU); epirubicin; cyclophosphamide; docetaxol (also known as Taxotere).

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Menopausal symptoms and breast cancer (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment. It has advice on treatments (prescription drugs and complementary therapies) and practical measures for coping with hot flushes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, mood swings, joint pain and risk of osteoporosis. Includes details of further support.

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Patient guide. Follow-up (July 2018)

Brainstrust

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

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Radiotherapy for advanced prostate cancer (July 2015)

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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Lobular neoplasia (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses lobular neoplasia, which includes atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). It describes the features, diagnosis, and treatment options, and concludes with guidance on how to cope with a diagnosis of lobular neoplasia and sources of support.

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What causes breast cancer? And how can I lower my chances of developing it (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Now

This booklet looks at the causes of breast cancer and lifestyle choices that may help reduce the risk of developing it. 

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Invasive ductal breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of invasive ductal 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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Patient guide. Diagnosis (July 2018)

Brainstrust

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

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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide (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.  

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All about leukaemia [Easy read] (December 2017)

Leukaemia CARE

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

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Handling animals and pets. Information for parents and carers of children and young people undergoing treatment for cancer (September 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Guidance on keeping pets when a child has cancer. Covers issues such as general hygiene, pets to avoid, feeding, bedding and litter trays, pet vaccines and veterinary care, and first aid if a child is bitten by a pet.

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin) (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what trastuzumab is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and the side effects you may experience. 

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Focus on women's health (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Lifestyle tips for women to help reduce the risk of cancer.

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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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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 in younger women (July 2017)

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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Health promotion (May 2017)

Action Cancer

Z-card with information about how to reduce the risk of cancer via making lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol drinking and taking care in the sun. Also has information about services offered by Action Cancer.

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Taking care of your breasts [English/French] (2016)

Breast Cancer Care

An illustrated mini-guide to being breast aware, in French and English. It shows what breast changes to look and feel for.  

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Ovarian suppression and breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet is written for women who have been offered ovarian ablation as a treatment for breast cancer. It explains what ovarian ablation is, how it is achieved (surgery, radiotherapy, or hormone manipulation), when it is used, and the possible side-effects. Includes a list of useful organisations.

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