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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: 40

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Diet and breast cancer (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

A booklet for people having treatment for, or recovering from, breast cancer. It explains what is meant by a healthy diet and what to do if the effects of treatment cause problems such as changes in appetite or taste, nausea, sore mouth, constipation or diarrhoea. It also covers weight gain, weight loss, bone health, dietary supplements, phyto-oestrogens, alcohol, and complementary and alternative diets such as the Bristol diet, dairy-free diets and macrobiotics.

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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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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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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 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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Eating well. A guide to diet and bowel cancer (May 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet has information about how food can affect your symptoms during and after bowel cancer treatment. After treatment, you may find you can’t eat the same foods as you did before. These changes may be temporary or they may be longer-lasting. 

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Ovarian cancer, diet and nutrition (June 2019)

Target Ovarian Cancer

When you have ovarian cancer you might find that your appetite (the amount you want to eat) and the types of food you want to eat are different from before. You might also be wondering if there is anything you can change about your diet (including eating or not eating specific foods) that might impact on how your cancer acts or how effective your treatment is. This booklet aims to give you an overview of the evidence for diet and nutrition in relation to ovarian cancer so that you can make choices that are right for you. 

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Eating well when eating becomes difficult. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This booklet aims to address some of the common difficulties that people may experience with eating during cancer treatment. It has advice and tips to help cope with the common effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapy, such as oral thrush, sore or dry mouth, swallowing difficulties, taste changes, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, and tenesmus.

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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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Diet and nutrition (December 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet is for anyone receiving treatment or who has recently completed their treatment.There’s no specific food or type of diet that can control or treat brain tumours, but controlling your diet may help to improve your quality of life and manage the side-effects of treatment, such as dry mouth, nausea, poor appetite, and weight loss.

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Eating problems and cancer (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them.

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Eating problems and cancer [Arabic] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.

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Eating problems and cancer [Urdu] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes the English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Welsh] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Bengali] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Polish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Russian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Managing lung cancer symptoms (August 2018)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has just been diagnosed with lung cancer you may have lots of questions. This booklet was produced with input from people affected by lung cancer and lung cancer experts, and is designed to help answer those questions.It describes the possible symptoms that may experienced when living with lung cancer and how to cope with them.

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Eating problems and cancer [Gujarati] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Helping your child to eat well during cancer treatment. A practical information guide for parents and families of a child or young person with cancer (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children with cancer may experience problems with eating and drinking at some stage. This can be due to the cancer or its treatment. This booklet has ideas on helping children with a poor appetite and other eating problems.

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Eating problems and cancer [Portuguese] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Punjabi] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eat well during cancer. Helping you cope with common side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund

This booklet is for people living with cancer and those having cancer treatment, who want to know more about how to cope with the common side-effects, but also want to follow as healthy a diet and lifestyle as possible. It is a general guide and not suitable for people who are eating very little, have lost a lot of weight unintentionally or are receiving palliative care, as they will need specialist information and advice. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Romanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.  

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Eating problems and cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Nepali] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.

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Eating problems and cancer [Spanish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them.

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Swallowing and nutrition - when it's difficult (November 2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Swallowing may be difficult for a number of reasons such as chemotherapy before or after surgery, radiotherapy or laser treatment, or following the insertion of a stent. This booklet gives advice on eating when swallowing is difficult. It includes tips to help cope with a lack of appetite, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhoea and has information about food supplements, energy supplements and soft nutritious foods. Includes recipes.

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A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery - oesophagectomy and gastrectomy (November 2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

This booklet has been written for people who have had an oesophagectomy or a gastrectomy. It describes the operation and recovery, how the surgery may affect eating and drinking, and the possible problems that may arise, such as dumping, gastric retention, acid regurgitation, or diarrhoea. It has advice on life after surgery; for example, driving, sleep, relationships, and going back to work, and concludes with suggestions for small meals, snacks and nutritious drinks.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (January 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

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The building-up diet [Russian] (August 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from Macmillan Cancer Support’s booklet “The building up diet”.

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Recipes for people affected by cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Guidance on eating a healthy diet and coping with poor appetite and weight loss, with plenty of recipes for people living with cancer or those caring for them.

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Chemotherapy. Your questions answered (November 2017)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

This booklet describes what chemotherapy is, how it works, how treatment is planned and carried out, and possible side-effects; for example, anaemia, infection, appetite changes, nausea, skin changes, hair loss, and fertility problems. It also briefly discusses issues such as emotional well-being and fatigue. Includes further sources of information and support.

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The cancer-fighting kitchen. Nourishing, big-flavor recipes for cancer treatment and recovery (2017)

Ten Speed Press

This new and revised edition of the IACP award-winning cookbook brings the healing power of delicious, nutritious foods to those whose hearts and bodies crave a revitalizing meal, through 150 new and updated recipes. Featuring science-based, nutrient-rich recipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stimulating appetite and addressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, dehydration, mouth and throat soreness, taste bud changes, and weight loss. A step-by-step guide helps patients nutritionally prepare for all phases of treatment, and a full nutritional analysis accompanies each recipe. This remarkable resource teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Blending fantastic taste and meticulous science, these recipes for soups, vegetable dishes, proteins, and sweet and savory snacks are rich in the nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals that help patients thrive during treatment. This second edition also includes a dozen new recipes--many of which are simpler and less complicated, for cancer patients to prepare on their low days--as well as a list of cancer-fighting foods that can be incorporated into everyday life without stepping behind the stove. Rebecca has also revised the text with the most up-to-date scientific research and includes a section on how friends and family can build a culinary support team. (Publisher) 

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Managing the symptoms of cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Practical advice on the common and less common symptoms that may occur with cancer, such as fatigue, eating problems, mouth problems, emotional effects, bowel problems, bladder problems, breathing difficulties, and skin problems. It describes the causes of each symptom and the medical and complementary therapies that can help. It has sections on how other people can help, support services, and practical and financial support. Includes a pullout symptom diary and details of useful organisations.

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The living well with cancer cookbook. An essential guide to nutrition, lifestyle and health (2016)

Bantam Press (imprint of Transworld Publications)

When authors Fran Warde and Catherine Zabilowicz met at the Maggie’s centre at Charing Cross Hospital in London, they quickly discovered they shared a passion for good food and healthy eating. They also realized that with their combined knowledge and experience – Fran as an acclaimed food writer, and Catherine as an experienced nutritional therapist working at Maggie’s – they could provide invaluable guidance for anyone living with cancer, their families and friends. The Living Well With Cancer Cookbook, published in support of the Maggie’s charity, is the result of Fran and Catherine’s collaboration. Aimed at helping readers through each stage of their journey – diagnosis, during and after treatment – this essential guide is packed with advice on nutrition and health and offers a range of delicious recipes. There are healthy twists on classic favourites and tempting new treats to try, with every ingredient considered for its health benefits. Positive and empowering, the book contains a wealth of information on the best food choices to make, and reveals why many scientists today believe that certain foods and a balanced diet are crucial in sustaining strength throughout treatment. Taking a holistic approach, this book also seeks to alleviate anxieties, such as those concerning weight-loss, loss of appetite and the changes in how food tastes. Above all, the simple, comforting recipes will help both experienced cooks and novices to create nutritious, easily adapted meals – from breakfast right through to dinner – each one designed to nourish and sustain. (Publisher)

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The Royal Marsden cancer cookbook (2015)

Kyle Books

The book is divided into three: a detailed section by Clare Shaw about diet and cancer and the problems you may face during treatment (like loss of appetite, nausea, sore mouth, change of taste); recipes to cook during treatment, which are nutritionally beneficial and wholesome enough to keep you strong even if you can’t eat too much; and a section of recipes for after treatment aimed at keeping you healthy. These recipes are designed to serve smaller portions and two people as well as for families, and there are lots of tips about budgeting, leftovers and freezing. Clare and Catherine want to emphasise that you don’t have to cook ‘special’, separate meals for one, the rest of the family can eat in the same way, saving on time and stress as well as encouraging a healthier diet for all. (Publisher)

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The well being cookbook (2014)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This has tips to help cancer patients with their recovery and to help them stay well in the future. There are sections on fighting fatigue, simple comfort foods, calorie boosters and sweet things to tempt your appetite when you’re feeling low. There’s also a special section on breathing and relaxation techniques to help calm the mind and de-stress the body.

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The cancer wellness cookbook (2014)

Sasquatch Books

This book's mission is simple: optimise the quality of life for people living with cancer. Based on the latest scientific research, this nutritional plan focuses on the foods that have been shown to prevent and forestall the spread of cancer. Also, here are 100 recipes that are bountiful in the nutrients that aid a person undergoing chemotherapy. And these dishes taste great, even for someone with a diminished appetite. Super-healthy foods like berries, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes and fish, make for tasty meals that are so, so good for your health. Understand what foods are especially healthy and why, and then make any of the 100 recipes to aid a healthy lifestyle that is so important before, during and after treatment. This is the nutrition plan and cookbook from Seattle's Cancer Lifeline, a 40-year old organisation dedicated to optimising the lives of people living with cancer. (Publisher)

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Chemo cookery club (2013)

John Blake Publishing

Chemo Cookery Club is packed with delicious recipes to help make everyday food a positive part of life for cancer sufferers and their carers. With tempting treats and healthy food ideas, the emphasis is on the nutritional values that can make a difference, but most importantly this is a book that lifts the spirits - especially when food and diet can become a bit tricky. If you or someone you love are going through treatment, this book will help you create delicious meals and snacks that tantalise the tastebuds no matter how experienced - or otherwise - you are in the kitchen. Penny Ericson, experienced cook and carer, celebrates everyday meals and how they contribute to wellness, both physically and emotionally. If you're struggling with loss of appetite, wondering how to get more iron into your diet, wanting to relieve 'metal mouth' or dismayed that the foods you used to love now seem boring and tasteless as a result of treatment, Penny can help. Nutritional information and recipe analysis has been contributed by leading cancer research dietician Barbara Parry MSc PD, and the book has been enthusiastically endorsed by major cancer charities. (Publisher)

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