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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: 1452

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Welsh] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer [Easy read] (2017)

NHS Health Scotland

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It describes what cervical cancer is, HPV and how it is spread, and how and when the vaccine is given. It also covers consent, and possible side effects.

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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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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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Good health for all. What can I expect from the NHS? (February 2012)

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

A booklet for people with learning disabilities, and anyone who support someone with a learning disability, to help them get the most out of the NHS.

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If you’re diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Gujarati] (December 2015)

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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Central venous access devices. A guide for patients receiving intravenous therapies (January 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet explains what a central venous access device (CVAD) is and describes the advantages and disadvantages of the different types, namely peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs); skin-tunnelled catheters; and implanted ports.

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If you’re diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Russian] (December 2015)

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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Understanding the PSA test. A guide for men concerned about prostate cancer (November 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

A booklet for men who are considering having a PSA test or who want to know more about PSA. It describes the different problems that affect the prostate gland, the risk factors for prostate cancer, the factors that can affect PSA levels, the tests that the GP can do and what the results may show, and what may happen if the GP refers you to a specialist. The final section lists the advantages and disadvantages of having a PSA test and suggests some questions to ask the doctor.

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Breast cancer [Romanian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what breast cancer is and describes the possible causes, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. Includes the English-langage version. 

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Younger people with bowel cancer: a guide for the under 50s (April 2015)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet is for people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50. It gives an introduction to how bowel cancer can affect your body, your emotions, your relationships and your everyday life. It includes the personal experiences of people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer at a younger age. There are links to more detailed information, contact details for organisations, and a glossary of the medical words used.

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Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) (January 2015)

Bloodwise

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) is a form of cancer affecting the stem cells that produce myeloid blood cells in the bone marrow. This booklet explains who gets APL and what causes it, and describes the signs and symptoms, the diagnosis, the two types of APL, the treatment options (including the long-term effects of treatment) and the prognosis.

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Myeloma. An introduction (May 2015)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides a brief overview of myeloma, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and management.

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Chemotherapy, cakes and cancer. An A-Z survival guide for living with childhood cancer (February 2015)

CLIC Sargent

The author was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when she was 12. She wrote this booklet two years later when she had finished treatment because there was nothing for people her age about what it was like to be in hospital and how to handle it. There are tips for surviving long stays in hospital and keeping positive, and explanations of medical terms.

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Bowel cancer [Portuguese] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about bowel cancer and its treatment. It includes the English-language version. 

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Swimming after laryngectomy (September 2012)

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

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Lung cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about lung cancer and treatments for lung cancer. It is about cancer that starts in the lung (primary lung cancer). It is not about cancer that starts somewhere else in the body and spreads to the lungs (secondary lung cancer).

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A younger woman's guide to ovarian cancer (May 2017)

Ovacome|Ovarian Cancer Action|Target Ovarian Cancer|The Eve Appeal

A guide for younger women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was developed through consultation with women who have had ovarian cancer. Highly commended in the 2016 British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. 

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Aftercure. A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of cancer (March 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet has been written for young adults (16+) who have survived cancer.

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Radiotherapy [Bengali] (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy and information about fertility and contraception. Includes English language version.

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Myeloma XI (May 2014)

Myeloma UK

This booklet describes clinical studies in general and the Myeloma XI study in detail, including the treatment used in the different pathways, the potential side-effects, how long the treatment lasts, what happens if it doesn't work, and what happens if the patient wants to withdraw. Concludes with a list of questions to ask the medical team, key points about clinical studies, and an explanation of medical terms.

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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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Radiotherapy [Russian] (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy and information about fertility and contraception. Includes English language version.

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PSA testing for you and your prostate. Get the knowledge! (July 2013)

Prostate Scotland

Guidance for men who may be considering the PSA test.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Arabic] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Chinese, Traditional] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Find out about your prostate [Gujarati] (June 2015)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Focus on prostate cancer (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet describes the prostate gland and explains how prostate cancer starts, the signs to look out for and what to do if symptoms develop. Treatment options are briefly outlined. Includes details of services offered by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

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Information about bowel cancer (2014)

Core

This leaflet describes bowel cancer, the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis. It describes treatment options only briefly. Issues of screening and implications for relatives are also considered. It is not intended for use by people deciding on treatment options.

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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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Lymphoedema. A guide for cancer patients (May 2014)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet contains information about the lymphatic system and the causes of lymphoedema. It describes how lymphoedema is managed (skin care, exercise, external support such as hosiery and bandaging, and massage) and how it will affect everyday life. It concludes with advice about lifestyle and self-help. Includes useful addresses.

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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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Male cancer. Awareness, diagnosis and treatment (September 2014)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet has information on prostate, testicular and penile cancer - from signs and symptoms, risk factors and causes through to tests to determine a diagnosis and treatment options.

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Helping brothers and sisters. A guide for adults supporting siblings of children with cancer (February 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated leaflet is designed to help adults who come into contact with the siblings of children with cancer. It explains the problems that siblings may have and how adults can best help them cope.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment. Includes the English-language version.

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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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Healthy eating and cancer [Welsh] (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about how to eat well and keep to a healthy weight. It explains why a healthy diet is important. There is also a healthy eating guide that explains the different types of food and what makes a healthy diet. Includes the English-language version.

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Too tired to cook (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Ideas for people who are too tired to cook when they are having treatment for cancer.

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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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1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it (2015)

Department of Health

Leaflet aimed at encouraging women over 70 to check their breasts regularly and to go to the doctor as soon as they notice any change.

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Breast calcifications (April 2016)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains about breast calcifications, what they are, how they're found and what happens if they need to be followed up.

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Living with cancer. 5: Breast cancer (2007)

Family Advice and Information Resource

This booklet is for people with learning difficulties. Using illustrations and simple language, it describes how to check the breasts, what to look out for, the tests that may be carried out by the doctor, treatments, and going home after an operation. It also has guidance on staying healthy.

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An informative leaflet on squamous cell carcinoma (November 2015)

Wessex Cancer Trust

Describes squamous cell carcinoma and prevention. Photographs are used to illustrate the early warning signs. Treatment options are briefly mentioned.

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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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Being cared for at home (April 2015)

Marie Curie

This booklet aims to provide practical information and advice for people who are being cared for at home at the end of their life. The booklet may also be useful for other people who are being cared for at home.

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What you can do to help yourself [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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Cytarabine (September 2015)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cytarabine is most commonly used to treat acute myeloid leukaemia. It may also be used to treat other types of leukaemia and lymphomas. This factsheet describes how it is given and some of the possible side-effects.

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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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