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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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Understanding secondary cancer in the liver (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet helps provide a better understanding of secondary cancer in the liver, describing the causes, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options. It also includes information on follow-up and clinical trials. Issues such as feelings and talking to children are discussed and sources of emotional and financial support are described. Includes details of useful organisations.

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Understanding cancer of the pancreas (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about the most common type of cancer of the pancreas - adenocarcinoma. It describes the risk factors, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, treatment options and follow-up. It also discusses feelings and self-help and includes details of further support and websites.

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Understanding early (localised) prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet gives information about early cancer of the prostate gland, i.e. cancer that has not spread into the surrounding tissues or to other parts of the body. It describes the prostate gland and prostate cancer, the cause of prostate cancer, the symptoms, PSA testing and other diagnostic tests, the grading and staging of prostate cancer, and the treatment options. It also has information about the feelings you might experience, and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Understanding cancer of the ovary, fallopian tube and peritoneum (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer of the ovary, fallopian tube and peritoneum. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with one of these types of cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of these cancers, and  how they are diagnosed and treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. <!-- ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" ? -->

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Prostate conditions and erectile dysfunction (March 2018)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet explains why erectile dysfunction may occur following treatment for prostate cancer, how it can be treated and how men can help themselves by making lifestyle changes.

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Understanding muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope. This includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Understanding secondary breast cancer (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about secondary breast cancer. This is breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and explains the signs and symptoms, the different treatments, how to manage symptoms and ways to cope with some of the feelings you may have.

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Pelvic radiotherapy in women. Managing side effects during treatment (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for women who are having, or are going to have, radiotherapy to the pelvic area. The pelvic area is the lower part of the tummy (abdomen), between the hips. The booklet explains: side effects that may happen during, or shortly after, pelvic radiotherapy; how side effects can be controlled or reduced; what you can do to help yourself.

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Understanding cancer of the vulva (February 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information on the causes and symptoms of vulval cancer, diagnosis and staging, and treatment options and their side-effects. It also discusses feelings and has advice on self-help and support (including financial benefits). 

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Understanding head and neck cancers (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about head and neck cancers. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as rarer cancers of the nasal cavity (inside the nose), sinuses, salivary glands and middle ear. This booklet is for anyone who has a head and neck cancer. The booklet explains: what head and neck cancer is; the signs and symptoms; the different treatment options; coping with head and neck cancer treatment.

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Managing the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy in men (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for men who have had radiotherapy to the pelvic area and who are experiencing late effects. It explains what pelvic radiotherapy is before describing the following late effects and how to manage them: bladder changes; bowel changes; lymphoedema; bone changes; sex life; and fertility. It also discusses feelings, relationships, and work, and has details of further support.

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The cancer guide for young people. What to expect when you're affected by cancer (February 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet for young people aged 12-25 years. It aims to help answer some of their questions and to provide tips and guidance. It explains what cancer is and how it can be treated. It also gives practical tips about coping with treatment, relationships and sorting out practical things like school, university, work, and money.

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Understanding advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet gives information about advanced or metastatic cancer of the prostate gland, i.e. cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland to other parts of the body. It describes the prostate gland and advanced prostate cancer, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, tests, the grading and staging of prostate cancer, and the treatment options. It concludes with guidance on coping with advanced prostate cancer, financial help and benefits, and sources of further information and support.

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Memory difficulties and brain tumours (August 2018)

The Brain Tumour Charity

If you have a brain tumour or have received treatment for a brain tumour, you may experience memory difficulties; these could be because of the tumour itself or may be a result of surgery or treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This factsheet describes what memory is, the types of memory, how a brain tumour may affect memory and answers some common questions about memory problems.

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Understanding locally advanced prostate cancer (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with locally advanced prostate cancer. This is when prostate cancer has grown outside the prostate and may have started to spread into tissue or organs close by. There is also information for family members and friends. The booklet explains the different treatments for locally advanced prostate cancer and their side effects. It also has information about the feelings you might experience, and how your relationships, work and finances might be affected.

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Radiation diaries. Cancer, memory and fragments of a life in words (2018)

Fentum Press

After a life of reading and writing, what does it feel like to be deprived of both, to be thrown back only on what’s in your head? The literary snippets that emerge into Todd’s consciousness during a month of radiation are sometimes apt, often ludicrous. They draw her back into childhood in Wales, Bermuda, Ceylon when literature functioned as friend and escape, to her unquiet past in sixties Ghana, then America at the dawn of the rights movements. Her father, nearing 100, is caught in the same ‘hospital-land’: both learn the selfishness of sickness and both respond by telling stories. (Publisher)

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Future treatments in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). A guide for patients (October 2018)

Leukaemia Care

The main treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is chemotherapy, including targeted therapy. This might be followed by a stem cell transplant, and surgery and radiotherapy may be used in special circumstances. New therapies are being developed and investigated and this booklet describes several of these: clofarabine (DNA synthesis inhibitor); gilteritinib and quizartinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitors); venetoclax (B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) inhibitor); and Vyxeos® (a combination of daunorubicin and cytarabine. 

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Your guide for the cancer journey. Cancer and its treatment (2018)

Sheldon Press

Advances in treatment mean that increasing numbers of people now survive cancer in the long term. This book examines the sophisticated medical choices available that help to boost life expectancy and how to maximize your chances of recovery. In this positive and comprehensive book, Mark Greener says, 'Your cancer journey is deeply personal, often difficult and at times frightening, but today's cutting-edge treatments can help you to live as full a life as possible, for as long as possible.' (Publisher)

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The complete guide to breast cancer: how to feel empowered and take control (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment; coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer; frank advice about sex and relationships; staying healthy during and after treatment; dealing with the fear of recurrence; living with secondary breast cancer. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Will and Sophie have radiotherapy. A children's guide to radiotherapy (March 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children following the story of Will, who has radiotherapy to his brain, and Sophie, who has radiotherapy to her stomach.

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Urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment (January 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate cancer and its treatment can be a cause of urinary problems. This factsheet describes how different treatments cause these problems and ways to manage them. It includes information on pelvic floor exercises and continence products as well as surgical treatments.

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Swallowing and nutrition - when it's difficult (November 2017)

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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External beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer (January 2017)

Prostate Scotland

This aim of this booklet is to help men, their partner and family understand more about external beam radiotherapy – what it is, who it’s suitable for, what happens, and the advantages and drawbacks of this treatment. It is intended for those men who have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer, which is cancer that has not spread outside the prostate. 

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Total body irradiation (TBI) (August 2017)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This factsheet is written for young people with cancer, or parents of a child with cancer, who are receiving total body irradiation (TBI), as part of their conditioning therapy for a stem cell transplant (SCT). It explains TBI, including where you will have your radiotherapy, how the radiotherapy will be given and the side effects that may happen. 

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Lung cancer (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).

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Lung cancer [Arabic] (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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Mucositis (January 2017)

Bloodwise

Mucositis is a condition that affects your mucous membrane, the thin skin that covers and protects the inside surface of parts of your body. It can be a painful side effect of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This factsheet explains how it is caused and who gets it, and describes the signs and symptoms, and how to look after yourself.

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Low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (September 2017)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet aims to help people understand more about the different types of low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It describes how they typically affect people, the usual treatments, and what to expect during and after treatment.

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Prostate brachytherapy (January 2017)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet is for men who want to understand more about brachytherapy - what it is, who it is suitable for, the advantages and disadvantages - and make an informed decision about treatment.

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High-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (June 2017)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet aims to help people understand more about the different types of high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It describes how they typically affect people, the usual treatments, and what people can expect during and after treatment.

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Radiotherapy. Your questions answered (June 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what radiotherapy is, how it works, the benefits and risks, how treatment is planned, and what happens during treatment. It also discusses the possible side-effects, how people feel during treatment, and what happens after treatment is finished.

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Understanding thyroid cancer (follicular and papillary) (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A booklet written to help provide a better understanding of cancer of the thyroid, with sections on causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and follow-up. It explores feelings and includes advice on self-help and support.

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Understanding lung cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has detailed information on the causes of lung cancer, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Includes information on clinical trials and issues such as feelings, talking to children, and financial support. 

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Understanding Hodgkin lymphoma (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what Hodgkin lymphoma is, and provides information on symptoms, diagnosis, the stages, and treatment options. It also covers issues such as fertility, feelings, and practical and financial support. 

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Fast facts: Prostate cancer (2017)

Health Press

Prostate cancer is a fast-changing field, and recent advances have significantly improved both the survival and quality of life of many men diagnosed with the disease. As well as providing comprehensive information on the diagnosis, staging and management of the disease, the eighth edition of this ever-popular handbook is an invaluable update on new developments, including: evidence for the debate surrounding PSA screening; a better understanding of molecular and genetic advances; the latest methods of delivering radiotherapy; new drug treatments for castrate-resistant prostate cancer; and survivorship issues. This superbly illustrated handbook is a practical resource for all those who provide support and care for men with prostate cancer - including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals - as well as a refreshingly readable source of information for patients wanting to know more about their condition and its treatment. (Publisher)

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Understanding skin cancer (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet deals with the two common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma (also called rodent ulcer) and squamous cell carcinoma - and their causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It includes details of useful organisations.

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Tommy v cancer. One man's battle against the big C (2017)

Independently published

On Thursday, 10th of March 2016, I returned home from a hospital appointment and broke the news to my wife and children. I had throat cancer. Stage four. Inoperable. Desperately needing some way to make sense of my situation, I set up a blog to chart my battle against the disease. I hoped it would allow me to understand more about this thing inside me, and what I would have to go through in terms of treatment to try to eradicate it. I also thought it might help other people who found themselves in similar circumstances. I made a promise to my readers to be open and honest all the way. I wouldn't hold anything back, no matter how unpleasant. Now, over a year later, I have adapted that blog into this book. It details my journey from when I first realised that something was wrong, through the intense courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, to where I am today. To say that journey was difficult is a vast understatement. The side effects of my treatment utterly kicked my arse, causing me to lose over half my bodyweight and fall seriously ill with double pneumonia and sepsis. Totally unresponsive, I was rushed into intensive care where the doctors told my family that, if they couldn't stabilise me, I had approximately two hours left to live. One option was to put me into a medically induced coma, although the chances were high that I would never emerge from it. Imagine someone telling you that about your loved one as they lie there, unconscious and struggling to breathe. Cancer is an invader that affects more than just the patient. Everyone suffers - spouses, siblings, children, extended family, friends. Even, as I was to discover, strangers from all over the world. I was overwhelmed with the love and kindness of almost everyone who contacted me, but I also suffered terrible abuse at the hands of online trolls. I should warn you that parts of this book do not make for easy reading. I kept my promise to be honest, and wrote many of the blog entries when I was depressed and scared, certain I wouldn't live to see another dawn. I convinced myself that I would quickly perish, leaving my wife and two sons - then aged 9 and 17 - alone, and with no-one to protect them or provide for them. I wouldn't get to see them grow up, develop into young men, and eventually have children of their own. The prospect terrified me. For those of you who followed my blog and read the posts as I uploaded them, you haven't seen everything. This book c

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Chemo summer. An uplifting breast cancer experience (2017)

Austin Macauley

In Chemo Summer Jane Hoggar takes the reader through a light-hearted and informative account of her discovery of breast cancer and its cure. Cancer of any description has the capacity to chill those it affects and their loved ones. But for Jane Hoggar early discovery and diagnosis provided for a satisfactory resolution. And it's these small details that might well help people in a similar situation. For example, Jane did not discover a lump, which is the usual thing in breast cancer, but a sag' when she raised her arms and it was her insistence that something was wrong that resulted in a vital early medical diagnosis. All the side issues are covered in the book, effects of chemo and radiotherapy, hair loss and wigs, changes in diet and exercise, making Chemo Summer a valuable and engaging look into a serious and often frightening subject. (Publisher)

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My radiotherapy book. Information to help you understand the treatment (January 2016)

Brainstrust

This leaflet describes the range of radiotherapy treatments currently available to treat brain tumours. It aims to help people understand what is the most appropriate and best treatment for their type of brain tumour.

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Information about radiotherapy. An easy read guide (2016)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information about radiotherapy. Includes information specific to St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital.

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Radiotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what radiotherapy is and how it is given.  

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Osteoradionecrosis. The health of your bones after radiotherapy (January 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Information about osteoradionecrosis and the health of your bones after radiotherapy treatment for childhood cancer. Written to accompany the CCLG booklet "Aftercure: A guide for teenage and young adult survivors of childhood cancer".

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How will I feel after radiotherapy. An easy read guide (2016)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information about the possible side-effects of radiotherapy. Includes information specific to St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital.

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Radiotherapy for skin cancer (December 2016)

British Association of Dermatologists

Brief information about radiotherapy for skin cancer. 

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Hodgkin lymphoma (November 2016)

Lymphoma Action

This comprehensive booklet discusses Hodgkin lymphoma in detail.

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Side effects from radiotherapy (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the possible side effects of radiotherapy and where to get support. 

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Head, face and neck lymphoedema (November 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Lymphoedema of the head, face and neck may occur following surgery or radiotherapy. This leaflet describes the treatment and management options, including manual lymphatic drainage, simple lymphatic drainage, exercise, skin care, positioning and compression. Psychological distress is briefly considered.

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Early childhood lymphoedema (February 2016)

Lymphoedema Support Network

Lymphoedema in children may occur in the treatment of cancer following surgery or radiotherapy. This leaflet describes what lymphoedema is, why it has developed, the treatment options and the impact on daily life.

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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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