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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.

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Singing the life. The story of a family in the shadow of cancer (2008)

Vermilion (Random House)

As a result of a genetically-transmitted gene, all three Bryan sisters, Felicity, Elizabeth and Bunny have had cancer. And, unusually, each of them suffered a different cancer; ovarian, breast and pancreatic. As the gene also has a dominant inheritance, half of their family members can be expected to carry it. Now, in a personal and deeply affecting memoir, Elizabeth writes of her family's extraordinary experience of this dreadful disease. Writing not only as a daughter, sister and aunt of those afflicted and bereaved by cancer, but as a sufferer herself, she will tell of the shocks, sadnesses, dilemmas and uncertainties that come with diagnosis and then treatment. Giving a personal view from both the perspective of a patient and that of a relative, as well as comparing the impacts of remission and terminal prognoses on herself and those around her, Singing the Life gives a uniquely wide-ranging account of dealing with life-threatening illness and the threat it still poses in her family. Eloquently setting Elizabeth's personal story against the universal fears, problems and worries that face those affected by cancer, this is an inspirational and encouraging read unlike any other on the subject. (Publisher)

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Surgery in gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (July 2014)

NET Patient Foundation

This booklet has information for anyone going into hospital for surgery. The first section describes some of the surgical procedures that may be used for people with a neuroendocrine tumour; the second describes what to expect before admission, during a hospital stay and after returning home.

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The cancer whisperer. How to let cancer heal your life (2016)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

This book does not offer a cure for cancer. It offers a cure for your fear of cancer. Both memoir and self-help book, this is the remarkable chronicle of a passage from 'terminal' diagnosis to exuberant wellness in just a few months. The Cancer Whisperer reverses our traditional adversarial relationship with cancer by teaching us how to listen to it; how to be healed by it as well as seek to cure it; and how to be emotionally free of illness even when physically curtailed. Living on the frontier between her fierce will to live and necessary willingness to die, Sophie - now thriving with cancer - shares her journey with searing honesty, unapologetic vulnerability and intelligent pragmatism. Alongside rare insights into a condition now affecting approximately one in three people, she challenges the mental conditioning we need to overcome to redefine our narratives about cancer. As 'the cancer whisperer', she offers a groundbreaking practical guide that will encourage cancer patients to: Direct their own treatment while preserving their personhood in a system that tends to see them as patients more than people. Engage with fear, anger and grief in healthy and healing ways instead of toughing it out, trying to be positive or collapsing into despair. Radically shift from being a cancer victim to a cancer listener-to seeing cancer less as a disease than as a symptom of other underlying causes, and engaging proactively with whatever changes it calls on them to make. Discover what the author calls 'the whispering, the reaching into a well of darkness and finding your hands painted with light'. Inspired, wise and moving, this book is as unflinching as Lisa Lynch's The C Word, as uplifting as Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer, and carries us to a new threshold in our relationship with cancer, strengthening our ability to meet it with courage, creativity, gratitude and grace. (Publisher)

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Cancer-related cognitive impairment ('chemo brain') (February 2015)

Lymphoma Association

This factsheet describes what cancer-related cognitive disorder is, its causes and how to manage it.

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Colostomy. Hints and tips (May 2014)

Dansac Limited

This illustrated booklet aims to guide people with a colostomy through the first months after the operation and help them adapt to life with a stoma. It covers care of the stoma (including changing the bag, disposal of products, and irrigation) going home after the operation, diet and nutrition (including odour, wind, diarrhoea and constipation), clothing, sex and relationships, exercise, going back to work and travel.

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Getting fit after stoma surgery. Advice and exercises, before and after your surgery (2014)

Dansac Limited

This booklet has advice on exercises for the first few days after the operation, during the recovery period and when the recovery period is over. It uses photographs to demonstrate getting out of bed, exercises that can be done lying down and sitting up, and exercises to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles.

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Thanks for the mammaries. A celebration of yours and hers - for women who have sex with women (February 2011)

Lesbian and Gay Foundation

General information for lesbian and bisexual women about the breasts, including breast cancer: what it is; breast awareness; risks; checking the breasts; and routine screening.

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Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer (February 2013)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Advice about what to eat and what not to eat following treatment. 

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A guide for exercising during and after treatment for cancer (July 2014)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

The aim of this booklet is to teach people a simple exercise programme for use during and after treatment for cancer. It describes what fatigue is, including the signs to look for, and the benefits of exercise. It demonstrates ten exercises with the aid of diagrams. The accompanying DVD teaches a programme of exercises suitable for all ages and abilities.

Cover image of 'Eating well for breast cancer. A guide for patients and their families'

Eating well for breast cancer. A guide for patients and their families (January 2012)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet offers advice on healthy eating with the long-term aim of maintaining weight and preventing weight gain. It explains why it is important to eat well and describes the components of a healthy diet (including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, protein, dairy foods, soya foods, fats, sugars, alcohol and fluids). It also has advice about what to eat if coping with the side-effects of treatment, such as a dry or sore mouth, changes in taste, difficulties swallowing, feeling full, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation.

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