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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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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (February 2020)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet explains what radiotherapy is, when it will begin, in-patient and outpatient treatment, how treatment is planned, what happens during treatment, possible side-effects, and what happens when treatment ends. It also has sources of further information and support.

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Prostate cancer information booklet (January 2020)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This booklet covers diagnosis (including the DRE and the PSA test), the Gleason score and the staging of prostate cancer, treatment options (active surveillance, watchful waiting, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound, hormone treatment, chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy), clinical trials, side effects (sexual problems, continence, bone health), and diet and lifestyle.

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Behaviour and personality change. A resource to help you understand and manage behaviour and personality change when living with a brain tumour (January 2020)

Brainstrust

Up 60% of people diagnosed with a brain tumour experience behaviour and personality changes (BPC). This booklet covers: understanding BPC; what we mean by BPC; causes; symptoms; how BPC is manifested; how it is measured; mood journals; strategies to help people cope; and treatment options and self-help strategies. It also has information for carers, details of who can help, and questions to ask.

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CAR-T cell treatments (January 2020)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet has information on CAR-T cell treatments, which are being investigated in myeloma. It explains what CAR-T cell treatments are, how they work, and the current evidence to support their use in the treatment of myeloma. It also describes the known possible side-effects, and the availability of CAR-T cell treatments in the UK.

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Understanding stem cell transplants using donor cells (allogeneic) [in press] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who is going to have a donor stem cell transplant.There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains what a donor stem cell transplant is, the different stages of treatment, and the possible side effects. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Travel and cancer (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about travelling abroad when you have cancer. There is also information for family, friends and carers. The booklet talks about the benefits of travel and how you can prepare for a trip abroad. It also gives tips on finding travel insurance and taking care while you are away. Includes details of useful organisations.

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Allogeneic stem cell transplants. A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia CARE

This booklet explains what an allogeneic stem cell transplant is and who receives one. It describes the procedure and what happens on transplant day, the side effects, graft-versus-host dsease, and what happens if the transplant doesn’t work. It also has a glossary and details of useful contacts and further support.

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FLAG-Ida for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia CARE

FLAG-Ida is a combination chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It consists of fludarabine, high dose cytarabine (Ara-C0), idarubicin and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). This booklet explains the drugs, who may be eligible to receive this treatment, how FLAG-Ida is given, and the possible side-effects. Includes a glossary and details of further support and information.

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Understanding stem cell transplants using your own cells (autologous) [in press] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about having a stem cell transplant using your own cells. It is for anyone who is going to have this treatment and there is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains what an autologous stem cell transplant is, the different stages of treatment, and the possible side effects. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Living with the long-term effects of cancer. Acknowledging trauma and other emotional challenges (2020)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Challenging a number of myths about living long term with or after cancer, this book offers new insights by delving into areas that are not usually spoken about. Written from a dual perspective- that of a psychologist who had breast cancer and who copes with the long-term effects of treatment - the book contests the assumption that the afflicted person will simply 'get better' or 'move through' to a better situation. Emotional and physical side-effects can worsen over time and people living beyond or with cancer often endure a mismatch between expectations and reality, because they have been told that life would be easier than it actually is. This can leave both those suffering longer term and those close to them confused and unprepared. Including testimonies with people who have had a cancer diagnosis and people in the medical profession, the book signposts ways that professionals may help and offers prompts for friends and relatives to have useful and open conversations with the person affected. It gives voice to many people who feel that their suffering is disputed and diminished by the prevailing narrative around recovery. Galgut includes discussion on relationships, work, trauma, fear of recurrence and the role of therapy. Giving an unflinchingly honest perspective, Living with the Long-Term Effects of Cancer sheds light on these struggles, in the belief that bringing this conversation to the forefront is key to improving life for those who are affected by cancer and who suffer longer term from its effects. (Pub;lisher)

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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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Late effects of lymphoma treatment (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Late effects are health problems that may develop months or years after treatment for lymphoma. This factsheet explains some of the potential late effects of lymphoma treatment, and who might get them. It covers second cancers, heart disease, lung problems, hormone problems and how to reduce your risk.

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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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Living with hormone therapy. A guide for men with prostate cancer (June 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are having hormone therapy. It describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they work and what the treatment involves. It also includes information about the possible side-effects and how to manage them.

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Eating a regular, easy to chew diet. For patients experiencing pain on swallowing or difficulty eating a normal, textured diet (March 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Some illnesses or treatments may make swallowing difficult. This booklet has ideas on how to prepare soft or liquidised foods and how to make food more nourishing by enriching it with dairy produce, fats, sugars and fortified milk. Includes meal suggestions.

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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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Stents and bypass surgery for pancreatic cancer (February 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for people with pancreatic cancer who are having a stent or bypass surgery. These treatments help symptoms caused by the cancer blocking the bile duct or duodenum. Family members may also find it helpful. It describes what the treatments involve, possible side effects, how they can affect your diet, and recovering afterwards.

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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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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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Stem cell transplant. A guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplantation for teenagers and young adults (February 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This guide describes stem cells and explains what a stem cell transplantation is, why it might be necessary, and the different types of transplants. It also describes the process of finding a donor, the pre-transplant operation, the transplant team, what to bring to hospital, preparing to receive a bone marrow transplant, what happens during the transplant and afterwards, the side-effects, getting ready to go home and getting back to normal. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary.

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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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My lung surgery (August 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has lung cancer and surgery is a possible treatment, then it’s almost certain that you will have a lot of questions. We have produced this booklet in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment. It discusses the types of surgery, what happens before, during and after surgery, and returning home.

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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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Treated for cancer and living with the consequences? (February 2019)

Pelvic Radiation Disease Association

Information about pelvic radiation disease and the work of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association.

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Having a donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) (July 2019)

Anthony Nolan

A brief guide to a type of treatment you may receive after your stem cell transplant. It describes what a DLI is, why you might need one, the possible side effects, and where to get support and further information.

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Thrombocytopenia (low platelets) (February 2019)

Lymphoma Action

People with lymphoma sometimes have thrombocytopenia because of the lymphoma itself or as a side effect of treatment. This can put them at a higher risk of bleeding and bruising. This factsheet explains what thrombocytopenia is and why people with lymphoma get thrombocytopenia and describes the symptoms, treatment and how to reduce the risk of bleeding.

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Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults (May 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children who may be donating bone marrow or stem cells to a sibling. It describes stem cells and stem cell transplants, why a transplant is needed, the types of transplants, the selection process, tissue typing, harvesting the bone marrow (including the risks and side-effects), and what happens if the transplant is unsuccessful. It also covers issues such as consent, what to take into hospital, and changes to sibling relationships. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary of terms.

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Dry, sore and itchy skin (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Skin problems can be a symptom of lymphoma. They can also be a side effect of some treatments. This factsheet has suggestions to help you manage dry, sore and itchy skin. Contents: Skin problems as a symptom of lymphoma; Skin problems as a side effect of treatment; Managing sore, dry and itchy skin.

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What to expect. What is it like to be treated with proton beam therapy? (January 2019)

Brainstrust

This leaflet describes what happens when proton beam therapy is given, and the possible side effects. 

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Chemotherapy for lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet was produced in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment.

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Living well. After bowel cancer treatment (August 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

The information in this booklet is for anyone who has had treatment for bowel cancer. It may also be helpful for family and friends. It describes follow-up care, possible side effects from treatment, and some of the feelings people might have after finishing treatment. It also explains how a healthy lifestyle can help and your rights are work. 

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (February 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Steroids (April 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Steroids are often part of treatment for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including cutaneous (skin) lymphoma. This factsheet explains what steroids are, when and how they might be given, possible side effects, and the precautions that people should take when they are on steroids.

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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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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of treatment for childhood cancer, but its impact can be significant. This animation tells the story of Anna, Jack and Laura who all lose their hair while having treatment for cancer and helps young children to understand what might happen.

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Deciding on treatment: a step on your journey (July 2019)

Prostate Scotland

Guidance for men who are making a decision about treatment. Includes a chart with brief details of the treatments, what's involved and potential side effects.

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Exemestane (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what exemestane is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and possible side effects. 

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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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Anaemia (February 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people with lymphoma are affected by anaemia at some point during their illness, either because of the lymphoma itself or as a side effect of the treatment they are having. This factsheet describes what anaemia is and what causes it, why haemoglobin is important and how much you should have, the symptoms of anaemia, and its treatment.

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Anastrazole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains briefly what Arimidex® is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken and the possible side-effects.

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Radiotherapy (January 2019)

Myeloma UK

This Infosheet explains what radiotherapy is, how it is used in the treatment of myeloma, how it is given and what the possible side effects of this treatment are. 

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Having chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-CELL) therapy (September 2019)

Anthony Nolan

A brief guide to a type of therapy you may receive if your stem cell transplant, or other treatment, is unsuccessful. It describes what chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy is, how your own cells are used to make it, the possible side effects, and where to go for further information and support.

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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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Reducing the risk of lymphoedema (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what lymphoedema is and who is at risk. It describes how to reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, and what to do if problems occur (swelling and skin damage).

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Living with lymphoedema after breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what lymphoedema is, and describes the physical symptoms and the treatment options.

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Growth factors (February 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet is about blood cell growth factors, specifically granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), which may be given as part of treatment for lymphoma. It explains what growth factors are, when they can be used, how they are given, and possible side effects.

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Mouth care (March 2019)

Myeloma UK

People with myeloma can develop sore (mucositis) or dry mouths. This factsheet explains the reasons why this may occur and describes the symptoms of mucositis and oral thrush, prevention and treatment. Includes tips for self-management.

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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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Letrozole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what letrozole (Femara®) is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken, and the possible side-effects.

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