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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: 1682

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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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Deodorants (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

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

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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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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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Pancaking (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply lubricating deodorants.

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Permanent seed brachytherapy (March 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how permanent seed brachytherapy may be used to treat prostate cancer, who can have it, the advantages and disadvantages, what happens after treatment, and the possible side effects. It does not describe external beam radiotherapy or high dose rate brachytherapy.

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

The Eve Appeal

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

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

The Eve Appeal

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

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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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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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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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Understanding locally advanced prostate cancer [Audio CD] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An audiobook explaining locally advanced prostate cancer, 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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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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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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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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Prostate cancer tests and treatment. A guide for gay and bisexual men (May 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet has information that is relevant for gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men, who may have some specific questions or concerns.

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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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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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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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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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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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Polish] (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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Parastomal hernias (December 2018)

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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Focus on men's health (January 2019)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

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

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Radiotherapy. A guide for teenagers and young people who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment for cancer (September 2015)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This leaflet explains what radiotherapy is, why it is being used, how it works, the possible side effects, and what happens during the planning appointment and during treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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Skin care (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply skin products to help people with a stoma manage their condition.

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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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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales (October 2018)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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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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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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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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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the different types of DCIS, and the treatment options. It also has a short section on coping with breast cancer.

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My prostate. What changes should I look out for? [Easy read] (September 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet uses easy words and pictures to explain what the prostate is, how to spot a prostate problem, and what to do next.

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Talcum powder and ovarian cancer (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes the research evidence to date.

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Relapsed ovarian cancer treatments (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how advanced ovarian cancer may be treated.

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Pelvic floor muscle exercises (December 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes pelvic floor muscle exercises for men to help deal with urinary problems such as incontinence following treatment for prostate cancer.

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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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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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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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Testicular cancer. What you need to know (April 2017)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This booklet aims to increase men's awareness about testicular health in general as well as provide support for men who have been diagnosed and are being treated for testicular cancer.

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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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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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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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Focus on women's health (January 2019)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

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

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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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Having a smear test. What is it about? [Easy read] (June 2018)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

An easy read guide for women thinking about having a smear test.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Northern Ireland (October 2018)

Carers Northern Ireland

Guidance and advice for carers in Northern Ireland. This guide is designed to outline the support available and your rights as a carer. 

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Radiotherapy for advanced prostate cancer (March 2019)

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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