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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: 1748

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Getting help at home. What to do if you need care and support at home (October 2019)

Age UK

Information on the services available to older people and their carers to enable them to stay in their own home, including local authority social services, voluntary organisations, private care agencies, and the NHS. 

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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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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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Arabic] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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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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Sore mouth or gut (mucositis) (December 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

Mucositis is a condition that affects your mucous membrane, the thin skin that covers and protects the inside surface of parts of your body. It can be a painful side effect of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This factsheet explains how it is caused and who gets it, and describes the signs and symptoms, and how to look after yourself.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Thinking about end of life. Getting your affairs in order and thinking about your care needs (December 2019)

Age UK

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed can help people consider all their options at a time that’s right for them. This guide will make suggestions about the options and services available to help people make the best choices. It will explain how to make wishes and treatment preferences known, and help peole consider where they would like to be looked after towards the end of life.

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Your breast clinic appointment (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet has been written for anyone referred to a breast clinic. It describes what to expect and the tests that may be carried out, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound scan, fine needle aspiration cytology, core biopsy, punch biopsy and vacuum-assisted biopsy.

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A smear test could save your life. Don't ignore your invitation [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what a cervical screening test is, what causes changes in the cervix, and describes how to make an appointment, what happens during the test and if changes are detected. It addresses the concerns of women who may not have been sexually active, are lesbian/bisexual, menopausal, or pregnant. 

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Active ostomates. Sport and fitness after stoma surgery (November 2019)

Colostomy UK

Adapting to life with a stoma can be challenging and the thought of exercise may well be the last thing on your mind as you recover from surgery. This booklet has advice on exercises to try and how to manage your stoma while exercising or playing sport.

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About colonic stenting (September 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This factsheet is about using a stent to unblock your bowel if it has become blocked due to bowel cancer. It explains why you might have a stent fitted, what’s involved, and the possible complications. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Punjabi] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Gujarati] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Looking after yourself [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about looking after yourself if you are caring for someone with a an illness they will probably die from.

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Easy read] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Get protected against cancers caused by HPV [Chinese, Simplified] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

From academic year 2019/20, every S1 pupil, regardless of gender, can get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free. This leaflet is about the HPV immunisation, which is offered to boys and girls to protect them against head and neck, cervical and anogenital cancers. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Arabic] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for. Includes English-language version.

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CAR-T therapy. A guide for patients (October 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy is a new type of cancer treatment that may be used to treat B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). This booklet explains how CAR-T therapy works and who may currently receive it, and describes the possible side-effects. It also discusses the likely future for CAR-T therapy and the clinical trials currently taking place in the UK. It includes a glossary of terms and details of further information and support.

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

Librotas

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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Photodynamic therapy (May 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet aims to help you understand more about photodynamic therapy, which may be used to treat basal cell carcinoma and areas of pre-cancerous skin damage. It explains what it is and what is involved, and describes the potential side effects.

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The next stage. Recovery and adjustment (June 2019)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet is for people adjusting to life after diagnosis and treatment of a blood cancer.

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Stage 4 melanoma (February 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet describes stage 4 melanoma, including what it is, investigations and treatments, and where to find out more information. It has been prepared in response to some of the questions people with melanoma often ask. 

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Stage 3 melanoma (February 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet describes stage 3 melanoma, including what it is, investigations and treatments, and where to find out more information. It has been prepared in response to some of the questions people with melanoma often ask. 

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Stage 2 melanoma (February 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet describes stage 2 melanoma, including what it is, investigations and treatments, and where to find out more information. It has been prepared in response to some of the questions people with melanoma often ask. 

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Stage 1B melanoma (February 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet describes stage 1B melanoma, including what it is, investigations and treatments, and where to find out more information. It has been prepared in response to some of the questions people with melanoma often ask. 

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Stage 1A melanoma (February 2019)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet describes stage 1A melanoma, including what it is, investigations and treatments, and where to find out more information. It has been prepared in response to some of the questions people with melanoma often ask. 

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Caring for carers. A guide for carers (June 2019)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet for carers discusses the emotions that they may experience when caring for someone with a blood cancer: anxiety; stress; guilt; fear; loneliness; anger. It also looks at dealing with the practicalities of being a carer, including financial support, self employment and legal rights at work.

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When someone dies. Feelings you might have [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This easy read booklet is to help people after someone dies. It tells you about feelings you might have and things that might make you feel better.

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Living with an illness you will probably die from. How to keep comfortable, healthy and happy [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about how to keep comfortable, healthy and happy.

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Urdu] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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10 top tips for line managers (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Ten tips to help line managers support an employee through the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and living with cancer.

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Planning ahead for the end of life (England and Wales) [Gujarati] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages (56-59: Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation) from Macmillan Cancer Support’s booklet “Planning ahead for the end of life" [MAC13616_E03_N]

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Breast screening [Portuguese] (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages (14-25, 28-34) from Macmillan Cancer Support’s booklet “Understanding breast screening” (MAC11674_E07_N).

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) [Italian] (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Understanding ductal carcinoma in situ (MAC12870_E04_N) into Italian, including what it is and surgery.

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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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R-CHOP chemotherapy [Slovak] (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

R-CHOP is a combination treatment used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and the possible side-effects.

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Docetaxel (Taxotere®) [Bulgarian] (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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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Lithuanian] (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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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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Financial support - benefits [Turkish] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits.

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Oxaliplatin (Thai) (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Oxaliplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat bowel, pancreatic, and stomach cancer, cancer and cancer of the oesophagus. It may be used to treat other cancers.

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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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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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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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What to expect at the end of someone's life. Information for family, friends and carers (July 2019)

Marie Curie

This leaflet aims to help you prepare for the end of your partner, relative or friend’s life. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare yourself for their last few weeks and days. 

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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