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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: 145

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Breast cancer in younger women (March 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This booklet explores the feelings and experiences of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, covering topics such as treatment, physical effects, relationships, finding support, and practical issues. Individual women share their thoughts and experiences.

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Body image and cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on the body and suggests ways of dealing with these.

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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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The cancer roller coaster. How to manage the emotional and mental impact (2019)


Two days after celebrating her 50th birthday, Juliette Chan had an unexpected birthday present: bowel cancer. Luckily, they caught it early, but once the treatment was over, the psychological side-effects surfaced. For many months, Juliette was adrift and felt lost. It seemed that everything in her life was up for review and she struggled to gain clarity about what to do next. There were many questions, such as: When will I feel normal again; Why am I not as motivated as before; Will the cancer come back; Why am I mentally exhausted. It took her a while to realise that the cancer had caused a whole load of losses: loss of trust in her body, self-image as a fit and healthy person, energy, confidence, motivation, income and much more. And that’s when the penny dropped; she was grieving. Cancer not only involves coping with the physical disease and treatment – it also means experiencing and dealing with hidden losses that will affect how you view and live your life. Every time you experience a loss, there is an emotional response: grief. Most people only associate grief with bereavement but it is in fact a natural reaction to any and all losses, including the hidden and intangible losses you face with cancer. Anyone who has or has had cancer, as well as their family and friends, will experience grief – because life has changed. This can show up as anger, frustration, anxiety, ‘depression’, fear, sadness, for example. If left unchecked or suppressed, grief will affect your mental health and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be like this; it is possible to take care of the emotional and mental impact of cancer and to live well. In her easy, relaxed style of writing, Juliette explains the emotional and mental impact of cancer and highlights the limitations of Mindfulness and positive thinking. She has also included a workbook with simple practical exercises that help to release the psychological side-effects and provide clarity. You can also read the candid stories of eight others who faced cancer: Robert describes his initial feelings of shock on diagnosis and how others helped him to cope, whereas Meena recounts going it alone; Petra shares how she continued to run throughout her treatment, and Susan talks movingly about the seemingly endless decision-making from diagnosis onwards; Mary, Tony and June recount their unique experiences of the same cancer

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Understanding lymphoedema [Audio CD] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook is about lymphoedema caused by cancer or cancer treatments. It describes what lymphoedema is and discusses its physical effects and treatments, as well as how to prevent it. It also has information about diet and emotional issues, particularly the impact of lymphoedema on body image and sexuality. 

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A step-by-step guide for patients (February 2018)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

A step-by-step guide to being diagnosed with primary bone camcer. It covers diagnosis, treatment, coping with side effects, living with and after primary bone cancer, and support. There is also space to record contact details for your medical team, and details of appointments

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Younger people with bowel cancer: a guide for the under 50s (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet is for people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer under the age of 50. It gives an introduction to how bowel cancer can affect your body, your emotions, your relationships and your everyday life. It includes the personal experiences of people who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer at a younger age. There are links to more detailed information, contact details for organisations, and a glossary of the medical words used.

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Understanding muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It is for anyone who is having tests for this type of cancer or has been diagnosed with it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the symptoms of muscle-invasive and advanced bladder cancer. It also explains how it is diagnosed and treated, and ways to cope. This includes your feelings, relationships, work and finances. 

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Managing the late effects of head and neck cancer treatment (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people who have had treatment for head and neck cancer and who are experiencing side-effects after treatment has ended.

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Your guide to osteosarcoma (December 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This booklet for children and young people explains what cancer is, and describes the different types of bone cancer and how osteosarcoma is treated. It also covers topics such as body image and what happens after treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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