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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: 556

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Men's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of prostate, bowel, lung, mouth and throat, oesophageal and testicular cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Symptoms of prostate cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about prostate cancer and symptoms to look out for. 

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Women's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, dietary supplements, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of breast, bowel, lung, womb, ovarian, cervical and skin cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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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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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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POEMS syndrome (March 2019)

Myeloma UK

POEMS syndrome is a rare disorder that can affect multiple systems in the body. It is named after five common features of the syndrome: polyneuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy); organomegaly (enlargement of organs, such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes); endocrinopathy (abnormal function of endocrine glands); monoclonal plasma cell disorder; and skin changes. This factsheet explains what POEMS syndrome is, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated and managed.

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Myeloma. An introduction (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides a brief overview of myeloma, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and management.

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Eating well. A guide to diet and bowel cancer (May 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet has information about how food can affect your symptoms during and after bowel cancer treatment. After treatment, you may find you can’t eat the same foods as you did before. These changes may be temporary or they may be longer-lasting. 

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Understanding myelodysplastic syndromes (January 2019)

MDS UK|Leukaemia CARE|Bloodwise

This booklet has been written to help people understand more about MDS. It describes what they are, how they are diagnosed and treated and also the expected outcome (prognosis). It also provides information on coping with the emotional impact of an MDS diagnosis.

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Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet has information about osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), a rare condition that can occur during long-term treatment of myeloma with bisphosphonates.It describes bisphosphonates, why they are linked to ONJ, the risk factors for ONJ, its symptoms, and how it is treated and managed. Includes self-care tips to reduce the risk of ONJ.

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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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Sex and fertility (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes sperm banking and how different treatment options for testicular cancer may affect a man’s fertility.

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Your body, intimacy and sex (November 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

Breast cancer and its treatments can cause many physical and emotional changes. This booklet outlines how these changes can alter the way you feel about your body, and how they may affect sex and intimacy. The booklet covers many topics including getting used to changes to your body, how breast cancer and its treatments may affect your sex life or intimate relationships, and offers tips on sex and intimacy after treatment. 

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Difficulty swallowing (February 2019)

Marie Curie

Having difficulty swallowing is a common problem for people living with a terminal illness. It can affect your ability to eat, drink and take medication, and this may be worrying for you and your family and friends. This booklet has information about how your healthcare team can help you, and what you can do to help yourself.

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Protect yourself against bowel cancer (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

This leaflet explains who is at risk, how colorectal cancer is detected and diagnosed, and how to help reduce cancer risk. It also describes the symptoms to look out for and the national screening programme.

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Fertility, pregnancy and breast cancer (October 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

This booklet is about breast cancer treatment and fertility. It describes how treatment for primary breast cancer may affect a woman’s fertility, and possible ways of preserving fertility. It also includes information about pregnancy after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and permanent infertility. 

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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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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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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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Ascites and ascitic drainage. Build-up of fluid in the abdomen (tummy) and how it can be treated (September 2019)

Marie Curie

This leaflet aims to help you understand ascites (build-up of fluid in the abdomen), what causes it and how it can be treated. It explains how the fluid can be removed in a procedure called ascitic drainage, or paracentesis. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Russian] (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 [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 [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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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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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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Managing breathlessness [Polish] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Polish translation of selected pages from the Macmillan booklet "Managing breathlessness" (MAC12918_E04_N).

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NHS breast screening. Helping you decide [Punjabi] (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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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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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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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 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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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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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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