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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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A guide to checking your skin (2013)

British Association of Dermatologists

Advice on how to check the skin, including the ABCDEasy way to check moles.

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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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How prostate cancer is diagnosed [large print] (July 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer and explains what the results might show. The tests include the PSA test, digital rectal examination, TRUS (trans-rectal ultra sound) guided biopsy, CT scan, MRI scan and a bone scan. It also explains the staging and grading of prostate cancer.

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Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer (January 2016)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes the most common symptoms of ovarian cancer, as well as other symptoms that may be experienced.

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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 [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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Ibrutinib (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes the use of ibrutinib for the treatment of certain types of lymphoma (relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma; relapsed or refractory CLL; CLL and a 17p deletion). It covers what ibrutinib is, who can have it and who cannnot, its benefits, how it is given, side effects and precautions while being treated.

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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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Ovarian suppression and breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet is written for women who have been offered ovarian ablation as a treatment for breast cancer. It explains what ovarian ablation is, how it is achieved (surgery, radiotherapy, or hormone manipulation), when it is used, and the possible side-effects. Includes a list of useful organisations.

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Radiotherapy for advanced prostate cancer (July 2015)

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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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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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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Breast reconstruction (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for women considering breast reconstruction after breast surgery to treat breast cancer.

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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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Dietary advice for kidney cancer patients (July 2012)

James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer

Dietary advice for kidney cancer patients, including: the 'Eatwell' plate; regular meal plan; starchy foods; fibre; fats; fruit and vegetables; salt; sugary treats; alcohol; food labelling; supplements; functional foods; exercise.

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Parastomal hernias (July 2016)

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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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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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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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer [Hungarian] (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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Pain and discomfort in the rectum and perineum following stoma surgery (July 2016)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet describes what may cause pain and discomfort following Hartmann's procedure or loop stoma or abdomino-perineal excision of the rectum (APER), coping strategies and treatments available. Patients share their experiences.

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Find out about your prostate [Polish] (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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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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Your smear test results [Urdu] (2017)

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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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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Complementary therapies, relaxation and wellbeing (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about relaxation and wellbeing during and after breast cancer treatment. It looks at complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and massage. It also describes some popular relaxation techniques, including meditation and mindfulness, and has information on yoga, Thai Chi and Chi Gung. It discusses why people might use these complementary therapies and relaxation techniques after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and what they may need to think about before trying them. It also explains what herbal medicines and homeopathy are. 

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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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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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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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TLC. Touch. Look. Check. (November 2017)

Breast Cancer Now

Illustrated leaflet with information about breast changes.

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Manufacturers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that manufacture stoma products.

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What causes breast cancer? And how can I lower my chances of developing it (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Now

This booklet looks at the causes of breast cancer and lifestyle choices that may help reduce the risk of developing it. 

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Dexamethasone. A self help guide for parents (April 2013)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Advice and guidance on managing the behaviour of children taking dexamethasone as part of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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Prostate log book (September 2011)

Prostate Scotland

A log book for men to keep a record of appointments, the names of their health professionals, and the results of tests.

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Planning for your funeral (February 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet highlights things to consider if you want to plan ahead and make financial and other arrangements for your funeral. It looks at options when deciding what type of funeral you want, ways to pay for a funeral, and information about organ donation. It may be helpful for people arranging a funeral. 

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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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HPV vaccine. Help protect yourself against cervical cancer (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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My child's Wilms' tumour has come back (August 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is for parents of a child whose Wilms' tumour has come back (relapsed). It discusses the different treatment options that may be available. 

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Medical and other terms explained (January 2016)

Ovacome

A glossary of medical terms that women with ovarian cancer may come across.

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Your smear test results (2017)

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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Supply companies (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply colostomy products.

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Prostate facts 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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Swallowing and nutrition - when it's difficult (June 2014)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Swallowing may be difficult for a number of reasons such as chemotherapy before or after surgery, radiotherapy or laser treatment, or following the insertion of a stent. This booklet gives advice on eating when swallowing is difficult. It includes tips to help cope with a lack of appetite, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhoea and has information about food supplements, energy supplements and soft nutritious foods. Includes recipes.

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Focus on common female cancers (July 2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Brief overview of the most common women's cancers (ovarian, cervical, womb and breast).

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Your smear test results [Polish] (2017)

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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‘Chemo brain’ (cancer-related cognitive impairment) (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes what cancer-related cognitive disorder is, who gets it, the causes, signs, how it is assessed and treated, and how to cope with it.

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The best treatment. Your guide to breast cancer treatment in Scotland (October 2012)

Breast Cancer Now

This set of guidelines for women and men with primary breast cancer brings together expert advice from professional guidelines. The guidelines cover diagnosis, communication and care, treatment for primary breast cancer (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy) and follow-up.

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Bed protection (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of suppliers of bed protection products for people with a stoma.

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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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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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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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