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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sodium clodronate for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about the bisphosphonate sodium clodronate given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. IIt explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause. 

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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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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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Chemotherapy regimens for lymphoma (February 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This information sheet is about chemotherapy regimens (combinations of drugs) for lymphoma. It covers: What is a chemotherapy regimen?; Common chemotherapy regimens for lymphoma; Which chemotherapy regimen might I have?; Side effects of chemotherapy regimens. Includes a list of the most common chemotherapy regimens for lymphoma. 

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Ibrutinib (May 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes the use of ibrutinib for the treatment of certain types of lymphoma (relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma; relapsed or refractory CLL; CLL and a 17p deletion). It covers what ibrutinib is, who can have it and who cannnot, its benefits, how it is given, side effects and precautions while being treated.

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Zoledronic acid for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Zoledronic acid is a drug that’s given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. This booklet explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause.

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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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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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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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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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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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Cannabinoids – information for patients and carers (January 2019)

Brainstrust

This factsheet explains the difference between Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabis oil, the evidence to date, and the current legal status.

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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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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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Pertuzumab with Perjeta (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what pertuzumab is, when it’s given and its possible side effects. Pertuzumab is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. Its current brand name is Perjeta®.

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FEC chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes the FEC chemotherapy combination (5 fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide), when it may be used, how it works, how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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FEC-T chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what the chemotherapy combination FEC-T is, when it may be prescribed, how it is given and what side effects may occur. FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs: 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU); epirubicin; cyclophosphamide; docetaxol (also known as Taxotere).

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin) (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what trastuzumab is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and the side effects you may experience. 

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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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Chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer (August 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for anyone who wants to know more about treating pancreatic cancer with chemotherapy. It explains how chemotherapy is given, and the different drugs that may be used. It also explains the main side effects of chemotherapy and how these can be managed and how to look after yourself and get support during chemotherapy.. 

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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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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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Surgery to remove pancreatic cancer (March 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This factsheet is for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer who are having surgery to remove the cancer. Family members may also find it helpful. We describe the different types of surgery to remove pancreatic cancer, how to prepare for your operation, what to expect, and recovery afterwards. This factsheet does not cover surgery for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs).  

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Idelalisib (October 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Idelalisib is a targeted drug used in the treatment of certain types of lymphoma. This factsheet explains what it is, who can have it, how it is given, the benefits and possible side effects.

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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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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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Venetoclax (March 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Venetoclax is a targeted drug used in the treatment of certain types of low-grade (slow-growing) lymphoma. This factsheet explains what it is, who can have it, how it is given, the benefits and possible side effects.

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CAR T cells (March 2019)

Lymphoma Action

CAR T-cell therapy, is a type of targeted treatment used for certain types of high-grade (fast-growing) lymphoma. This factsheet explains what CAR T cells are, who can have them and how they are given, the benefits, and the possible side effects.

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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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Physical activity and cancer treatment (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has cancer or has had treatment for cancer and is thinking about becoming more physically active. It explains what physical activity is, its benefits and how to be safe when exercising. It also includes information about the types of activity you can do and how to get started.

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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

XELOX (or CAPOX) may be used to treat advanced bowel cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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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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Docetaxel (Taxotere®) [Filipino] (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Docetaxel (Taxotere®) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer including breast, prostate, stomach, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere®) [Spanish] (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Docetaxel (Taxotere®) is a chemotherapy drug used to treat many types of cancer including breast, prostate, stomach, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects.

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Pancreatic cancer. Surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. 

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