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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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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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How it works. What is proton beam therapy? (January 2019)


This leaflet describes what proton beam therapy is and how it is different from conventional external-beam radiotherapy. It also explains the potential benefits and drawbacks of proton beam therapy.

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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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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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External beam radiotherapy (December 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who are thinking about having radiotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It is also for partners and family who would like to know more about this type of treatment. It describes how prostate cancer is treated using a type of radiation directed at the prostate gland from outside the body (external beam radiotherapy).

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Understanding radiotherapy (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about radiotherapy. It is for anyone who is having radiotherapy or has been offered it as part of their cancer treatment. You may find this booklet helpful if you are a carer, family member or friend. The booklet explains: the different types of radiotherapy; what to expect before, during and after radiotherapy; how radiotherapy is planned and given; some of the general side effects of radiotherapy and ways to cope with these effects.

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External beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer (January 2017)

Prostate Scotland

This aim of this booklet is to help men, their partner and family understand more about external beam radiotherapy – what it is, who it’s suitable for, what happens, and the advantages and drawbacks of this treatment. It is intended for those men who have been diagnosed with early prostate cancer, which is cancer that has not spread outside the prostate. 

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Proton beam therapy myths. Myths that need busting (January 2019)


This leaflet looks at some of the myths around proton beam therapy: protons can treat any cancer; proton beam therapy is more effective than conventional radiotherapy; protons can cure cancer that other treatments can’t; having proton beam therapy through a private provider is better than through the NHS; decisions to be treated with proton beam therapy are based on money; other countries use proton beam therapy in most cases; most people should be treated with proton beam therapy.

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Proton beam therapy and brain tumours (October 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a highly specialised form of radiotherapy that is more targeted than conventional radiotherapy. This means it causes less damage to the healthy tissue of the brain and so causes fewer side-effects. However, PBT is only suitable for a few types of brain tumour and, in most cases, does not lead to better outcomes than conventional radiotherapy. This factsheet describes PBT and how does it compare to conventional radiotherapy, who can have it, what it involves and side-effects, and answers some commonly asked questions.

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Radiotherapy [Polish] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet describes radiotherapy: what it is; how treatment is planned; external and internal radiotherapy; and the possible side-effects. It also has tips on coping with radiotherapy. Includes English language version. 

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