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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: 1730

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Fatigue (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people with cancer have fatigue and this extreme tiredness is often called ‘cancer-related fatigue’. This factsheet answers the most common questions people ask about fatigue, including: what it is; why cancer causes fatigue; who gets it; how it feels; how long it lasts; how it is assessed; how it is treated; and how to cope.

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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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What women need to know about... vulval cancer (February 2016)

The Eve Appeal

Key information about vulval cancer including signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of developing cancer. 

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Breast cancer and hair loss (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

Many people will lose either some or all of their hair as a result of treatment for breast cancer. For some, this is the most distressing side effect of treatment. Some people find that being prepared for hair loss before it occurs helps them cope better when it happens. This booklet explains how you may lose your hair and the effect it can have. It looks at how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment and the different headwear you may want to try, including wigs and headscarves. It includes step-by-step guides to tying headscarves and tips on recreating the illusion of eyebrows and eyelashes. The final part of the booklet discusses what usually happens when your hair grows back and how to look after it.

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Lung cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (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). Includes English-language version.

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What women need to know about... womb cancer (March 2017)

The Eve Appeal

Key information about womb cancer including signs and symptoms, risk factors and how to reduce your risk of developing cancer. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Romanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.  

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Parastomal hernias (September 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains what a parastomal hernia is, the causes, the complications and problems it can cause and the treatment options. It has practical hints and tips for managing a parastomal hernia and for reducing the risk. Includes the personal experiences of four ostomates.

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What to expect from your appointments (January 2017)

Bloodwise

This factsheet explains what to expect from your hospital appointments if your doctor thinks you might have blood cancer, or if you’ve just been diagnosed with blood cancer or a related condition. 

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Understanding non-Hodgkin lymphoma [Audio CD] (2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook explains non-Hodgkin lymphoma, covering the causes and symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, treatments and clinical trials. It also talks about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of having chemotherapy and of radiotherapy to the head. This book tells the story of Anna, Jack and Laura who all lose their hair while having treatment for cancer and helps young children to understand what might happen.

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Focus on testicular cancer (July 2018)

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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Side effects of cancer treatment [Bengali] (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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Lung cancer [Urdu] (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). Includes English-language version. 

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About ovarian cancer (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the different types of ovarian cancer, and the treatment options.

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Prostate cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. 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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Travelling, going on holiday and lung cancer (March 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Most people look forward to a holiday. This booklet covers everything you will want to know, from medication advice to destinations. 

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Barrett's oesophagus (2018)

Guts UK

This leaflet describes Barrett's oesophagus, how it is caused, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Gujarati] (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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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Urdu] (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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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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Taking part in research. A guide for teenagers and young people (aged 13-25) with cancer who are considering taking part in a research study or clinical trial (April 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information for teenagers and young adults about research and clinical trials.

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Screening for ovarian cancer (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes the tests that could be carried out to screen for ovarian cancer (internal examination; CA125 blood test; and ultrasound), their effectiveness, the problems of screening for ovarian cancer, and the results of recent studies. It also provides broad guidelines for women at low and high risk of developing ovarian cancer.

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Healthy eating and cancer (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.  

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Talcum powder and ovarian cancer (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes the research evidence to date.

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Ovarian cancer and sexuality (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information and advice about sexuality during and after treatment for ovarian cancer. It covers topics such as sexual relations, psychological and emotional effects, and the physical effects that can affect sexual response.

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Tiredness (fatigue) and cancer [Chinese, traditional] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about fatigue, which can be caused by cancer or cancer treatments. Includes the English-language version. 

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Stage 3 ovarian cancer (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how stage 3 ovarian cancer is treated. 

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A simple guide to the prostate (May 2012)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet describes the prostate, the most common symptoms or signs and what they might mean (benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatis, prostate cancer).

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Your smear test results [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Easy read information for women about what happens after their cervical screening test, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Your smear test results [Urdu] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Blood transfusions. A guide to red blood cell, platelet, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and cryoprecipitate transfusions (February 2018)

Bloodwise

A blood transfusion is a treatment where you receive blood that has been donated from someone else. The blood is usually given to you through a plastic tube into a vein in your arm. This factsheet explains the different types of blood transfusion used to treat people with blood cancer or a related condition, describes what happens when you have a transfusion and outlines the possible risks. 

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Living with cancer. 4: Skin cancer (2007)

Family Advice and Information Resource

This illustrated booklet has been produced for people with learning difficulties. It describes some things that may cause skin cancer, the changes to look out for, having a check-up at the doctor's, and how to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Briefly mentions the treatment options.

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Prostate cancer [Welsh] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated. Includes the English-language version.

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Sodium clodronate for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about the bisphosphonate sodium clodronate given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. IIt explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause. 

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If you are diagnosed with cancer – a quick guide [Arabic] (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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Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults (May 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children who may be donating bone marrow or stem cells to a sibling. It describes stem cells and stem cell transplants, why a transplant is needed, the types of transplants, the selection process, tissue typing, harvesting the bone marrow (including the risks and side-effects), and what happens if the transplant is unsuccessful. It also covers issues such as consent, what to take into hospital, and changes to sibling relationships. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary of terms.

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Lung cancer [Bengali] (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). Includes English-language version. 

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Liver tumours (July 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Written to accompany 'Children and young people with cancer: A parent's guide', this factsheet explains what liver tumours are, and describes the signs, symptoms, tests and treatment options.

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Healthy eating. Nutritional guidelines for people with a colostomy (June 2019)

Colostomy UK

Advice on diet and nutrition following a colostomy.

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Coping with a stoma when you have a disability (March 2017)

Colostomy UK

Advice for people with a stoma who also have a disability, for example visual impairment, reduced dexterity, or limited mobility. Covers topics such as water bills, benefits, and organisations that can provide help.

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Treating prostate cancer. Questions and answers (2018)

Prostate Cancer Research Centre

This illustrated booklet is designed for men who have been told they have prostate cancer and is also a useful resource for family and friends. It explains what prostate cancer is, how early prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated, the benefits and risks of radical prostatectomy and radical radiotherapy, and the treatment of late prostate cancer.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Urdu] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Pancaking (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply lubricating deodorants.

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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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Healthy eating and cancer [Urdu] (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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Your smear test results [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Helping your child to eat well during cancer treatment. A practical information guide for parents and families of a child or young person with cancer (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children with cancer may experience problems with eating and drinking at some stage. This can be due to the cancer or its treatment. This booklet has ideas on helping children with a poor appetite and other eating problems.

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