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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: 203

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My brother or sister has cancer. A children's guide to coping with cancer (May 2020)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet tells the story of siblings Tom and Jess, whose little brother Ben has cancer. It describes how they cope with the illness and the changes it brings. It is aimed at children under nine.

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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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Young person's guide to lymphoma (January 2020)

Lymphoma Action

Comprehensive booklet for young people with lymphoma. 

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Spotting cancer early saves lives. Information for women (January 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for women highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out.

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Spotting cancer early saves lives. Information for men (January 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet for men highlights the early signs and symptoms of cancer. It explains what to look out for and why it is important to get any symptoms checked out. 

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Signs and symptoms of cancer (February 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This z-card gives the signs and symptoms of the main cancers for men and women and advice on cancer prevention for anyone worried about their cancer risk.

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Understanding stem cell transplants using your own cells (autologous) (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about having a stem cell transplant using your own cells. It is for anyone who is going to have this treatment and there is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains what an autologous stem cell transplant is, the different stages of treatment, and the possible side effects. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Understanding stem cell transplants using donor cells (allogeneic) (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who is going to have a donor stem cell transplant.There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains what a donor stem cell transplant is, the different stages of treatment, and the possible side effects. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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The building-up diet (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who may be finding it difficult to maintain their weight during and after cancer treatment. It explains the different food types and has suggestions on how to get more energy and protein in your diet. It also  includes some meal ideas and some shopping list suggestions. These may help you when preparing meals. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England (October 2020)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available.

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Spot lung cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes the symptoms to look out for and the factors that affect the risk of lung cancer.

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Spot cervical cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet contains information about how cervical screening can detect early changes in the cervix before they develop into cancer. It also provides information about factors affecting the risk of cervical cancer.

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Spot skin cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes the early signs of skin cancer and includes photographs to help spot the signs.

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Spot bowel cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet has information about the causes and symptoms of bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Spot breast cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet has information about the risk factors for breast cancer, the screening programme, and how to be breast aware.

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Spot prostate cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes the prostate, the risk factors for prostate cancer, the symptoms, and what will happen at the doctor's.

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Holistic needs assessment. Planning your care and support (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA). An HNA identifies any concerns you may have when you are diagnosed with cancer. These may be physical, emotional, practical, financial and spiritual. The leaflet talks about what happens at an HNA and has information about making a care plan. 

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Help with the cost of cancer in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (March 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about getting benefits and other financial help if you are affected by cancer in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. It is for anyone living with cancer and their family, friends and carers. It explains the types of financial help you could get and how to claim this support. It also tells you who to contact for further help, including Macmillan’s welfare rights advisers.

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What to do after cancer treatment ends: 10 top tips (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about what to expect and where to get further support after cancer treatment ends. It gives suggestions to help you get the best care and support available and make healthy lifestyle choices. 

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Eating problems and cancer (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people have eating problems during and after cancer treatment. This can be related to the cancer or to the side effects of cancer treatments. This booklet talks about some common eating problems and why they might happen. It also suggests some practical ways to manage them. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. 

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Healthy eating and cancer (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people want to make positive changes to their lives when they have been diagnosed with cancer. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes. This booklet is for people living with cancer or after cancer treatment who want to know more about a healthy diet. It explains why diet is important and has tips on how to eat well and keep to a healthy weight. It also answers some common questions about diet and cancer.

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Managing weight gain after cancer treatment (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing weight gain after cancer treatment. It gives suggestions and tips to help you keep to a healthy body weight. We explain how changing the types of food you eat and being physically active can help you lose weight and feel healthier.

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Diabetes and cancer treatment [in press] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Diabetes UK

This booklet is for anyone who has cancer and also has diabetes. You may also want to read it if you have been told your cancer treatment may increase your risk of developing diabetes. It explains how some tests and cancer treatments can affect your diabetes and make it difficult to control your blood sugar. It also has some tips to help you cope with the side effects of cancer treatment if you have diabetes.

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Life after cancer treatment (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping after cancer treatment finishes, including managing side effects, follow-up care, and making healthy lifestyle changes. It is for people who are preparing for life after cancer treatment. 

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Understanding rectal cancer (April 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about rectal cancer. The rectum is part of the bowel. We have separate information about small bowel cancer, colon cancer and anal cancer. The booklet explains what rectal cancer is, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also talks about your feelings when you are diagnosed with cancer and has practical advice on dealing with work and finances. When we mention bowel cancer in this booklet, this includes rectal cancer. 

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Understanding colon cancer (April 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about colon cancer. The colon is part of the bowel. We have separate information about small bowel cancer, rectal cancer and anal cancer. The booklet explains what colon cancer is, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also talks about your feelings when you are diagnosed with cancer and has practical advice on dealing with work and finances. When we mention bowel cancer in this booklet, this includes colon cancer.  

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Understanding primary liver cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma (June 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about the most common type of primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with primary liver cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of primary liver cancer. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about controlling symptoms and coping with emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Understanding secondary cancer in the liver (June 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about secondary cancer in the liver. This is cancer that has spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the liver. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about controlling symptoms and coping with emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Travel and cancer (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about travelling abroad when you have cancer. There is also information for family, friends and carers. The booklet talks about the benefits of travel and how you can prepare for a trip abroad. It also gives tips on finding travel insurance and taking care while you are away. Includes details of useful organisations.

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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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Living with hormone therapy. A guide for men with prostate cancer (June 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are having hormone therapy. It describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they work and what the treatment involves. It also includes information about the possible side-effects and how to manage them.

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Bereavement. Coping with the death of a loved one (November 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to give those recently bereaved some idea about the range of experiences many people go through.

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Living with lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet was written with the help of lung cancer experts, people affected by lung cancer, and others who support people with lung cancer to help you make the most of your health and wellbeing. 

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Supporting your grandchild and family. An information guide for grandparents of a child or young person diagnosed with cancer (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Being told your grandchild has cancer comes as a terrible shock. Most grandparents worry not only about their grandchild, but also about how their own son/daughter will cope. Many are also concerned about the effects a cancer diagnosis will have on other children within the family, how they can support their family and how, as grandparents, they themselves will cope. Sometimes, it is not as easy for grandparents to access information first hand and this can lead to feelings of isolation. This guide answers some of the many questions grandparents might have during diagnosis and treatment.

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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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I have finished my treatment. What happens next (November 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet for children and teenagers aged 10-16 aims to help answer questions and concerns that arise when treatment for cancer finishes. It covers feelings and emotions, coping with worry, coping with family and friends, school and college, healthy living, and practical issues such as what happens at follow-up, medicines, and what to look out for.

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When your brother or sister has cancer. An information guide for teenagers and young adults whose sibling is diagnosed with cancer (November 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Being told that your brother or sister has cancer can be overwhelming and you may be full of questions. It is a difficult time for everyone in your family as life is turned upside down almost overnight. You will likely feel many different emotions as you try and come to terms with what your sibling’s diagnosis means for you and your family. You may feel worried or upset at this sudden change that you didn’t want or ask for, and you may desperately want everything to go back to normal as it was before their diagnosis. Life can seem very unfair. These feelings are completely normal and you are not alone. This guide covers how your brother or sister’s diagnosis might affect you, your feelings and emotions, and how it is important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. It explains more about cancer, and what you can expect over the coming weeks and months.

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Exercises after breast cancer surgery (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains why exercise is necessary after breast surgery, when to start exercising, and how long to carry on. It opens out into a poster that demonstrates exercises for the days and weeks after surgery.

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Being cared for at home (July 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet is for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends. Inside you’ll find information about the care and support that’s available for you at home. 

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Prostate cancer. A guide for men who've just been diagnosed (May 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It describes the prostate, how prostate cancer is diagnosed, what the test results mean, the treatment options, and the support available. It has space to record contact details and other information that may be useful, such as appointment times and PSA levels.

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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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If your prostate cancer comes back. A guide to treatment and support (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are worried that their prostate cancer might come back, or whose cancer has recurred after one or more treatments. It describes why prostate cancer might come back, the treatment options, and how to get support. It has space to record the names and contact details of the health professionals involved in ongoing care, details of appointments, and results of PSA tests. Includes a glossary.

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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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Understanding clinical trials for cancer (March 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet explains the different types of clinical trials, the benefits and drawbacks of taking part, and how to join a clinical trial.

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Understanding secondary cancer in the bone (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information on secondary cancer in the bone, what it is, what causes it, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment options. It also covers issues such as emotions, talking to children, and how family and friends can help. 

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Understanding breast cancer in men (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about breast cancer in men. It is for men who are having tests for breast cancer and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in men. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues.

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Fertility. Support for young people affected by cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your fertility. It is for teenagers and young people who need information about this before, during or after cancer treatment, whether you are in a relationship or not and whatever your sexual orientation. It explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your fertility and has information about preserving your fertility, having fertility tests, fertility treatments and other options for having a child. It also tells you how to get more support. 

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Self-employment and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping with cancer while you are self-employed or running a small business. It is for sole traders, freelancers, contractors or those running a micro business (one that employs fewer than 10 people). It includes information and guidance about: how treatment might affect your work; things to consider when making decisions about your business; talking to clients or customers about your situation; getting support with your business or personal finances.

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Understanding breast cancer in women (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about breast cancer in women. It is for women who are having tests for breast cancer and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It covers breast cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body and describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, stages, and treatment (including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy). It also discusses issues such as fertility, hormone replacement therapy, and feelings. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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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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