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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: 152

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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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Radiotherapy for pancreatic cancer (September 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for people with pancreatic cancer who are having radiotherapy. It explains the different types of radiotherapy, how it is given and the side effects.

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Eating – help yourself. A guide for patients and their carers (February 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Eating may be a problem for people with cancer or other illnesses, particularly when undergoing treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. This booklet has advice on how to eat well when trying to cope with loss of appetite, changes in taste, dry mouth, difficulties swallowing, feeling full, nausea, diarrhoea, and constipation. It has tips on how to make food as nourishing as possible and ideas for snacks and drinks.

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Are you having or have you ever had pelvic radiotherapy? (February 2019)

Pelvic Radiation Disease Association

Credit-card leaflet, with general information about the symptoms of pelvic radiation disease. 

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Proton beam therapy myths. Myths that need busting (January 2019)

Brainstrust

This leaflet looks at some of the myths around proton beam therapy: protons can treat any cancer; proton beam therapy is more effective than conventional radiotherapy; protons can cure cancer that other treatments can’t; having proton beam therapy through a private provider is better than through the NHS; decisions to be treated with proton beam therapy are based on money; other countries use proton beam therapy in most cases; most people should be treated with proton beam therapy.

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How it works. What is proton beam therapy? (January 2019)

Brainstrust

This leaflet describes what proton beam therapy is and how it is different from conventional external-beam radiotherapy. It also explains the potential benefits and drawbacks of proton beam therapy.

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Reduced fertility (April 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet gives an overview of the risks to fertility associated with common lymphoma treatments. It outlines methods to help preserve fertility before treatment. Topics include: chemotherapy and fertility; radiotherapy and fertility; targeted therapies and fertility; preserving fertility; planning a family after lymphoma treatment; ways to help you conceive if you have fertility difficulties; emotional support; useful resources and organisations

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Sore mouth (oral mucositis) (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people experience problems with their mouth following chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This factsheet has tips on oral hygiene and diet.

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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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Your pathway. A guide to bowel cancer treatment (May 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet is for anyone diagnosed with bowel cancer and their family and friends. It gives an overview of what bowel cancer is, how it is treated, the common treatment side effects and what happens when treatment finishes. 

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Treatments for skin lymphoma (April 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet has information about the different treatments used for skin (cutaneous) lymphomas. It covers the following: How are skin lymphomas treated?; Active monitoring; Topical (skin-directed) treatments; Light treatment (phototherapy); Radiotherapy; Systemic (whole body) treatments; Stem cell transplants; Research and future treatments.

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Understanding ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information for women who have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). It describes DCIS, the risk factors and causes, symptoms, diagnosis and tests, staging and grading, and the treatment options (surgery, radiotherapy, hormonal therapies). It also covers issues such as life after treatment and feelings.

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Hair loss (September 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Some lymphoma treatments can cause your hair to thin or fall out. Knowing what to expect and what you can do about it may help you cope with losing your hair. This factsheet has advice on how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment. It also tells you about some of the options you may wish to consider until your hair grows back. 

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Bowel problems (August 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma, and some of the treatments for lymphoma, can cause bowel problems. Although these are usually mild and temporary, any change in bowel habits can have a considerable impact on day-to-day life and can be difficult to discuss. This factsheet has practical advice to help you cope with diarrhoea, constipation, and wind (flatulence).

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Understanding breast cancer in women [Audio CD] (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, and treatment of breast cancer including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. It also discusses issues such as fertility, hormone replacement therapy, and feelings. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites.

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Understanding breast cancer in women (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about breast cancer in women. It is for women who are having tests for breast cancer and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It covers breast cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body and describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, and treatment (including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy). It also discusses issues such as fertility, hormone replacement therapy, and feelings. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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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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Understanding secondary cancer in the bone (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information on secondary cancer in the bone, what it is, what causes it, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. It also covers issues such as emotions, talking to children, and how family and friends can help. 

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Treatment for lymphoma [Easy read] (January 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet covers what treatment is, what chemotherapy, radiotherapy and stem cell transplants are, and what side effects you might get from treatment. 

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Pancreatic cancer. Treatment if you can't have surgery. An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain treatments if you can’t have surgery, including chemotherapy and stents. 

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Understanding breast cancer in men (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about breast cancer in men. It is for men who are having tests for breast cancer and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues.

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Eating well during cancer treatment. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

General advice to help you eat well during chemotherapy and radiotherapy; the challenges can be similar but where the information is specific to chemotherapy or radiotherapy, this will be stated. There’s no one way of eating that’s right for everyone so the general advice in this booklet will need to be adapted to you and your situation. It’s not intended to replace any advice given to you by a member of your healthcare team.

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Heart health and cancer treatment (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support and British Heart Foundation

Some people affected by cancer have problems with their heart health. This is because some cancer treatments can affect the heart. Problems can also arise if you already have a heart condition when you’re diagnosed with cancer. This booklet is for you if: you’ve been told that your cancer treatment may affect your heart; you have a heart condition and need cancer treatment; you’d like to find out how you can improve the health of your heart before, during and after cancer treatment.

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Understanding melanoma that has come back in the same area (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has come back in the same area (a local recurrence or recurrent melanoma).

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Eating well when eating becomes difficult. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This booklet aims to address some of the common difficulties that people may experience with eating during cancer treatment. It has advice and tips to help cope with the common effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy, such as oral thrush, sore or dry mouth, swallowing difficulties, taste changes, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, and tenesmus.

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Follow-up after prostate cancer treatment. What happens next? (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have had treatment aimed at getting rid of their prostate cancer, such as surgery (radical prostatectomy), radiotherapy or brachytherapy. It describes the care and support men can expect after treatment.

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Feel more like you. Expert advice on caring for your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how certain cancer treatments can cause changes to your appearance. It is for people who have had changes to their skin, nails and hair because of cancer treatment. It gives advice on how to manage these changes to help you feel more like you again. We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have. 

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Cancer and your sex life (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life. It is for anyone who needs information about this before, during or after cancer treatment. This information is for you whether or not you are in a relationship or having sex. We hope you find it helpful whatever your sexual orientation or gender. 

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Understanding primary bone cancer (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about primary bone cancer, including the different types, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explores emotions, and issues such as living with an amputation. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as websites.

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Tommy v cancer. One man’s battle against the Big C. (Again). (2019)

Independently published

In March 2016, cancer attacked me for the first time. I was diagnosed with inoperable, stage four throat cancer and underwent intensive courses of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy which left me extremely weak and vulnerable to infection. As a result, I contracted double pneumonia and sepsis and was rushed into intensive care where my family was told that, unless I began responding to treatment, I had approximately two hours left to live. Thankfully, I pulled through and set off upon the long road to recovery. It was the hardest thing I've ever faced but - eventually, in the summer of 2017 - I was declared cancer free.For a few months, at least. In January 2018, a routine scan found the cancer had returned - and had now spread to my lungs. Bugger. "Tommy v cancer: Round Two" continues the story of my fight to survive the 'Big C', salvage what remained of my career, and support my terrified family through yet another battle of life and death. (Publisher)

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Radiotherapy [Urdu] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Gujarati] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Polish] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; types of radiotherapy and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy.

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Radiotherapy [Punjabi] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Chinese, Traditional] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Russian] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Portuguese] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Bengali] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version.

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Radiotherapy [Welsh] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Romanian] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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Radiotherapy [Arabic] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version.

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Radiotherapy (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet is about radiotherapy treatment for lymphoma. Contents include: Quick overview; What is radiotherapy?; Radiotherapy for lymphoma; Types of radiotherapy; Where will I have radiotherapy?; Radiotherapy dose; Planning radiotherapy; Having radiotherapy; Side effects; Late effects; Follow-up; FAQs.

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Radiotherapy [Farsi] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy.

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Radiotherapy [Hungarian] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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External beam radiotherapy (December 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who are thinking about having radiotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It is also for partners and family who would like to know more about this type of treatment. It describes how prostate cancer is treated using a type of radiation directed at the prostate gland from outside the body (external beam radiotherapy).

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Prostate cancer [Urdu] (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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Prostate cancer [Punjabi] (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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Prostate cancer [Welsh] (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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Understanding radiotherapy (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about radiotherapy. It is for anyone who is having radiotherapy or has been offered it as part of their cancer treatment. You may find this booklet helpful if you are a carer, family member or friend. The booklet explains: the different types of radiotherapy; what to expect before, during and after radiotherapy; how radiotherapy is planned and given; some of the general side effects of radiotherapy and ways to cope with these effects.

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