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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: 1707

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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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Alcohol and breast cancer risk. How much does drinking alcohol affect your risk? (May 2014)

Breast Cancer Now

This factsheet summarises clearly what is known about alcohol drinking and breast cancer risk.

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Save our skin (2013)

British Association of Dermatologists

Hints on protecting your skin from sun damage and the risk factors for developing skin cancer.

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Side effects of cancer treatment [Punjabi] (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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Surgical treatments for kidney cancer (July 2012)

James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer

This factsheet describes surgery for kidney cancer. It explains staging and grading before looking at discussing treatment options with your medical team and the different surgical options (partial and radical nephrectomy; arterial embolisation) and what happens during and after surgery.

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Leakage (March 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of products and suppliers that can help with problems of leakage for people with a stoma.

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Causes, symptoms and diagnosis of kidney cancer (July 2012)

James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer

Factsheet with information about the causes of kidney cancer, the symptoms and how it is diagnosed, including the tests that might be carried out (CT scan; biopsy; MRI scan; bone scan; chest x-ray).

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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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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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Living with a laryngectomy (September 2012)

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

Pack containing four leaflets as follows: First reactions to being told you need a laryngectomy; Adjusting to a new way of communicating after laryngectomy; Long-term healing problems after laryngectomy; Coping with mood changes after laryngectomy.

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Find out about your prostate [Punjabi] (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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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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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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Velcade (May 2016)

Myeloma UK

Velcade® is a new type of drug called a proteasome inhibitor. This booklet describes myeloma, how Velcade® works, how it affects myeloma, how it is used in the treatment of myeloma, how it is given, and possible side-effects. Includes a list of questions to ask the medical team and an explanation of medical terms.

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Rectal discharge following stoma surgery (February 2018)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet explains why rectal discharge might occur following a colostomy and describes some of the management techniques and coping mechanisms that might help.

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Deodorants (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply deodorants for people with a colostomy.

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End of life [Portuguese] (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about what happens at the end of life and how to prepare for it. Includes the English language version.  

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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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A-Z of medical words (December 2014)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet explains some of the words that people may read or hear when they are finding out about prostate problems and prostate cancer.

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Know the facts about common skin cancers (2013)

British Association of Dermatologists

Brief information about the most common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomca - and some of the possible signs to look out for.

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Massage (April 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what massage is and what happens in a massage session. It includes a summary of the research evidence published to date about its effectiveness.

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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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If your bowel is blocked (January 2016)

Ovacome

A blocked bowel (or bowel obstruction) is a possible complication of ovarian cancer. This factsheet describes how a low fibre (fibre-restricted) diet may help.

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Menopause brought on by treatment and suggestions for relieving symptoms (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes treatment-induced menopause and offers advice about symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis.

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What is lymphoma? (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

An overview of how cancer develops and what lymphoma is. 

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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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Weight and breast cancer risk. How much does weight affect your risk? (November 2013)

Breast Cancer Now

This factsheet summarises clearly what is known about obesity and breast cancer risk.

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Laryngectomy stoma care. A guide for the laryngectomee and family (September 2012)

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

Describes care of a stoma following laryngectomy, including cleaning, humidification, airway protection and clothing.

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Physical activity (May 2016)

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

This factsheet explains what is meant by physical activity, how much people need, the benefits, what Penny Brohn Cancer Care recommends and offers, and safety concerns. It includes a summary of the research evidence to date about its effectiveness.

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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer [Urdu] (2018)

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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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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The pill and breast cancer risk. How does taking the oral contraceptive pill affect your chances of developing breast cancer? (November 2013)

Breast Cancer Now

This factsheet summarises clearly what is known about taking the contraceptive pill and breast cancer risk.

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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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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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Understanding UV (2013)

British Association of Dermatologists

Describes the  World UV app designed by the British Association of Dermatologists, which provides a free daily UV forecast for over 10,000 locations worldwide. On the reverse is guidance about skin types.

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Exercises after breast cancer surgery (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains why exercise is necessary after breast surgery, when to start exercising, and how long to carry on. It opens out into a poster that demonstrates exercises for the days and weeks after surgery.

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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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Take control of your health and be wellaware. Cancer awareness for women (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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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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Focus on mouth cancer (November 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet has facts about mouth cancer and describes the symptoms, who is at risk and how to reduce the risk. 

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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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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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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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Eating problems and cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (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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Information about liver cancer (2014)

Core

This leaflet describes the liver, cancer of the liver (primary and secondary) and its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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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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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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Find out about your prostate [Bengali] (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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