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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 oesophageal cancer (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about oesophageal cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for oesophageal cancer or has been diagnosed with it. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal cancer. 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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This free NHS test kit could save your life [Welsh] (January 2019)

Bowel Screening Wales

This leaflet describes the benefits of the bowel screening test kit, what the kit looks for, and what happens if blood is found in your sample. It also has information on how to reduce your risk of bowel cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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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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Signs of cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the main symptoms of cancer to look out for. You should see your doctor if you have any of these. The booklet also talks about bowel screening (the FOB test). 

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This free NHS test kit could save your life (January 2019)

Bowel Screening Wales

This leaflet describes the benefits of the bowel screening test kit, what the kit looks for, and what happens if blood is found in your sample. It also has information on how to reduce your risk of bowel cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Pancreatic cancer. What is it? How is it diagnosed? An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain what pancreatic cancer is and how it is diagnosed. 

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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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Understanding advanced melanoma (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains melanoma that has spread to another area (advanced or metastatic melanoma). It describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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Adult-T-cell-leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL). A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet describes T-cell-leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL) in adults, what causes it, who it affects, how it affects your body, what symptoms to expect and likely treatments. It also covers everyday life with ATL and how to talk to your haematologist and family and friends. Includes a glossary and details of further support. 

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Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Being told that you have chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) can be a shock. This booklet describes CLL, what causes it, who it affects, how it affects your body, what symptoms to expect and likely treatments. It also covers everyday life and CLL and talking about CLL. Includes a glossary of terms and details of useful contacts and further support.   

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Acute myelomonocytic leukaemia (AMML). A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Acute myelomonocytic leukaemia (AMML) is a rare type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). This booklet explains it what it is, and describes the symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. It also covers issues such as telling your family, managing your emotions, and survivorship. Includes a glossary and sources of support.

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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 stomach cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. It talks about the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer and 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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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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Spotting cancer early saves lives [Easy read] (February 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet tells you about some of the signs of cancer and what to look out for. It also gives tips on seeing your doctor and information about screening. 

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Understanding cancer of unknown primary (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information about cancer of unknown primary (CUP). This booklet explains what CUP is and why the primary cancer cannot be found, and describes how it is diagnosed, the tests that might be carried out, and the treatment options. It also covers coping with CUP, feelings, and financial help.

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Cancer and pregnancy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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Atypical chronic myeloid leukaemia (aCML). A guide for patients (July 2019)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet describes atypical chronic myeloid leukaemia (aCML), what causes it, who it affects, what symptoms to expect, and likely treatments. It also covers everyday life with AML and how to talk to your haematologist and family and friends. Includes a glossary and details of further support.  

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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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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Having cancer affects all areas of your life, including the way you feel. This booklet is about the main emotions that many people with cancer have. This may be after diagnosis, during treatment or after treatment has ended.

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B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). A guide for patients (May 2019)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet explains what B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is, and describes the causes, who it affects, the symptoms and side-effects and treatment options. It also covers issues such as day-to-day life with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, managing your emotions, telling family and friends, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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Coping with advanced cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have cancer that has come back or spread. This is sometimes called advanced cancer. It looks at some of the concerns you may be dealing with and has advice about ways of coping. It also talks about treatments and your feelings and has practical information about getting help and support.

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Managing breathlessness (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. It includes information about breathing and relaxation exercises, treatments, practical tips for everyday living and a list of useful contacts for further information and support. It also includes a copy of the 'Relax and breathe' CD.

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for men (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatments can affect your fertility. It is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment. It has information about preserving fertility, testing fertility, fertility treatments to start a pregnancy and other options for having a child. This information is for you whether you are in a relationship or not and whatever your sexual orientation. 

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Work and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people with cancer cope with issues that they may face at work both during treatment and afterwards.

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Managing cancer pain (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people understand more about cancer pain and the wide range of medical and complementary treatments available for controlling it. It describes pain and its possible causes, before covering individual methods of pain control. It includes a section on how to describe pain, a pullout pain diary, information about sources of support, and lists of useful organisation and websites.

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Self-employment and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping with cancer while you are self-employed or running a small business. It is for sole traders, freelancers, contractors or those running a micro business (one that employs fewer than 10 people). It includes information and guidance about: how treatment might affect your work; things to consider when making decisions about your business; talking to clients or customers about your situation; getting support with your business or personal finances.

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Depression and low mood (October 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet explains what depression is and describes the signs and symptoms and possible causes.

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Bowel cancer risk. What you need to know if you have Crohn's or colitis (April 2019)

Crohn's and Colitis UK

Crohn’s and Colitis can increase the risk of bowel cancer in some people, particularly for those whose condition affects all or most of their large bowel. This information sheet looks at the relationship between bowel cancer and Crohn’s and Colitis, and how you can reduce your risk. It also describes changes in the lining of the bowel that may develop into cancer, and how these changes are detected.

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Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). A guide for patients (September 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare cancer of the bone marrow. It was previously known as natural killer (NK) cell leukaemia. This booklet explains what it is, and describes the causes, who it affects, what symptoms to expect, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options. It also covers everyday life, managing your emotions, how to talk to your doctor and family and friends, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care. Includes a glossary and details of further support.  

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Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). A guide for parents (March 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Being told that your child has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) can be a shock and very upsetting, particularly when you may never have heard of the disease. This booklet describes childhood ALL, what causes it, who it affects, how it affects your child’s body, what symptoms to expect and likely treatments. It also covers everyday life and childhood ALL and talking about childhood ALL. Includes a glossary of terms and details of useful contacts and further support.

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A guide for the end of life [in press] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what happens at the end of someone’s life and how to plan for it. It is for anyone nearing the end of life. There is also information for people caring for someone nearing the end of life.

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Breast care for women (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about breast cancer, how to check your breasts, changes to look for and breast screening. 

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about looking after someone who has cancer. It explains: what it means to be a carer; who can help support you and the person you care for; the practical, emotional and financial issues you may face, and how to cope with them; ways you can help the person you care for manage symptoms or side effects; how to look after yourself.

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Going home from hospital (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how care and support is arranged for people with cancer when they are discharged from hospital.

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Blood clot prevention. A guide for patients and carers (May 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet explains the risk of developing a blood clot while in hospital. It describes the signs of a blood clot, who is at risk, and how to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot. Please note: this booklet includes contact details and instructions specific to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Romanian] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Polish] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for women (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who needs information about how cancer and its treatments can affect fertility. It explains how cancer treatments can affect fertility, how fertility can be preserved before cancer treatment, how fertility can be tested after treatment, options for fertility treatment to start a pregnancy, and other options for having a child. This booklet is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Simplified] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Portuguese] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Urdu] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Lithuanian] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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Thinking difficulties (cognitive impairment) (September 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

Many people diagnosed with a brain tumour will have some form of cognitive impairment (difficulties with their thinking abilities), due to the presence of the tumour and the pressure it puts on the brain. This leaflet describes the types of impairment that might develop and how they are affected by the location of the tumour, treatment and drugs, and by emotional and psychological factors.

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Latvian] (2019)

Department of Health in association with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

This leaflet has information about breast screening, including false positive and false negative results, to help women make an informed choice about taking part. It explains what breast screening is, what happens during the test, what happens to the mammograms once read, and the benefits and difficulties of breast screening.

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Going home after brain tumour surgery. A discharge guide for people with a brain tumour (July 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

Going home after brain tumour surgery can feel quite overwhelming. We know there can be a lot of information to process and you may find that you have more questions, or need additional information or support. This leaflet provides information and answers to questions often asked by people after brain tumour surgery.

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Ependymoma (in children). What you need to know (July 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet gives an overview of ependymoma in children and answers questions you may have about this type of tumour.

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Coping with speech and language difficulties (August 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet has tips for dealing with speech and language difficulties from people affected by a brain tumour and from healthcare professionals specialised in treating brain tumours. 

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