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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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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Arabic] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Polish] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Working while caring for someone with cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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HPV vaccination. Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer (June 2019)

Public Health England

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This leaflet explains why it is given, how HPV spreads, and the impact of the vaccine to date.

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Move more. Your guide to becoming more active (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health. Lots of people say physical activity helps them feel more like they did before cancer. It can also help you take back control. This is your step-by-step guide to becoming more active. Here you will find tips on choosing which activity to do and where to get support. If you have not been active for a while or are new to being active, this guide will help you set realistic and achievable goals. We have included some tips to help you get started, information on how to set goals and an activity diary to help you keep track of how you are doing.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Managing your debt (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing your debt. It is for people with cancer and their partners, family, friends or carers. It could help if you are in debt now, or if you are worried that you may have debt in the future. It tells you who to contact for more information and support.

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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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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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Understanding breast screening (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help women understand why breast screening is carried out, the methods used, and what happens if an abnormality is detected. The advantages of screening as well as the difficulties are described. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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How to do the bowel screening kit in England (August 2019)

Cancer Research UK

A short, illustrated factsheet containing simple instructions and helpful hints on how to use a bowel screening kit. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Portuguese] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Sex and relationships. Support for young people affected by cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer, sex and relationships. It is for teenagers and young people who are having or have had cancer treatment. It may also help carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your relationships and sex life. It also gives information about coping with any changes and how to get more support.

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Have safe sex (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to have safe sex.  

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Traditional] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Bowel cancer screening. An easy guide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet uses illustrations to explain the bowel screening test.

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Stop smoking (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about smoking and tips for stopping.  

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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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Ten top tips for a healthy weight (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

Tips, based on scientific evidence, to help people control their weight by taking in fewer calories and using more energy. 

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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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Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) (March 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

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

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Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) (January 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet explains what acute myeloid leukaemia is, and describes the causes and the symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Simplified] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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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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Talking with someone who has cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking with someone who has cancer. It is for anyone who wants to support someone with cancer, including carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how to talk to and support someone who has cancer.  

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Cancer and your sex life (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life. It is for anyone who needs information about this before, during or after cancer treatment. This information is for you whether or not you are in a relationship or having sex. We hope you find it helpful whatever your sexual orientation or gender. 

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is designed to help people talk to children and teenagers about cancer. It has suggestions about how to tell a child or teenager that you have cancer, understand their reactions, help them cope, explain cancer treatments, and deal with changes to family life.

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Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) (January 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet explains what chronic myeloid leukaemia is, and describes what causes it, the signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). A guide for patients (September 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare cancer of the bone marrow. It was previously known as natural killer (NK) cell leukaemia. This booklet explains what it is, and describes the causes, who it affects, what symptoms to expect, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options. It also covers everyday life, managing your emotions, how to talk to your doctor and family and friends, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care. Includes a glossary and details of further support.  

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Bowel scope screening (September 2019)

Public Health England

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Having a biopsy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different types of biopsy and what happens.  

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Sorting out your financial affairs (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people affected by cancer who want to plan ahead. It can help you make choices about what will happen to your money and belongings. By planning ahead, you can save family or friends from tough decisions or financial difficulties in the future. This booklet also explains how to arrange for someone to help you if you become unable to look after your finances. 

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for women (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who needs information about how cancer and its treatments can affect fertility. It explains how cancer treatments can affect fertility, how fertility can be preserved before cancer treatment, how fertility can be tested after treatment, options for fertility treatment to start a pregnancy, and other options for having a child. This booklet is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment.

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema (October 2019)

Public Health England

Instructions on how to use the enema before attending for bowel scope screening.

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Having an x-ray (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about different types of scans and x-rays and what might happen at the hospital. 

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Having an endoscopy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens before, during and after en endoscopy. 

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Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) (November 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) is a form of cancer affecting the stem cells that produce myeloid blood cells in the bone marrow. This booklet explains who gets APL and what causes it, and describes the signs and symptoms, the diagnosis, the two types of APL, the treatment options (including the long-term effects of treatment) and the prognosis.

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Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) (July 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet explains what chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is, and describes what causes it, the signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) (February 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet explains what acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is and describes the causes and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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You can be smoke free (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

Information on smoking and giving up for good.

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NHS Breast Screening Programme. Breast screening for women with a higher risk of breast cancer (January 2019)

Public Health England

A factsheet for women who have been assessed as being more at risk of developing breast cancer than women in the general population.

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Having a CT scan (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during a CT scan. 

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Planning and managing your finances (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about planning and managing your finances. Having cancer can mean you have extra costs, and affect how much money you have coming in (your income). This booklet can help you plan for these changes and manage your money. It is for anyone who wants to manage their spending, bills or bank accounts better, or is thinking of borrowing money.

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Having a colonoscopy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens before, during and after a colonoscopy.  

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Having an ultrasound (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens during an ultrasound scan. 

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Managing your energy costs (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about what to do about energy bills during cancer treatment. It explains how to look for cheaper alternatives, about government grants, payments and schemes that may help, the changes to make at home, and other support services available.

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Breast implants and breast screening (September 2019)

Public Health England

Guidance for women with breast implants who are having a mammogram.

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Drink less alcohol (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about alcohol and how many units are in different drinks. 

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Having an MRI scan (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during an MRI scan. 

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Housing costs (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing your housing costs if you are affected by cancer. These costs could include mortgage payments or rent. It gives tips on talking to your mortgage lender or landlord, applying for benefits and getting help with energy bills. 

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