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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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Death and the elephant. How cancer saved my life (2018)

Unbound

12 June 1995. On his twenty-eighth birthday, Raz Shaw was a directionless gambling addict doing a telesales job that was eating up every trace of what soul he had left. The next day he would be diagnosed with stage 4 sclerosing mediastinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the large cell type. As he tells it, cancer saved his life. He was given the all-clear in March 1996, and stopped gambling for good that April. After a year away recuperating, he turned his back on the highly paid job that had devoured him and re-assimilated himself into the world of theatre that had once made him feel so alive. It took him a long time to realise quite how much these recoveries were bound up with one another – now he is ready to tell his story. Death and the Elephant is a memoir of living through and beyond illness and addiction. Blessed with the ability to find humour even in life’s darkest moments, Raz charts his struggles with irreverence and unflinching perspective. This is his story, but it’s also a universal one – an honest, funny, sometimes raw, and often inappropriate glimpse into the mind of a young man dealing with a life-threatening illness in the only way he knows how: by laughing in its face. (Publisher)

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Dear cancer. A diary of hope to help you through (2018)

Trapeze (Orion)

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help. Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in this book she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn't planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum. y sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones' prognosis, and needed to know that they were not alone. (Publisher)

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Your smear test results [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Make time for breast screening [Arabic] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Make time for breast screening [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Patient guide. End of life care (July 2018)

Brainstrust

One in a series of eight leaflets that form the Brain Tumour Patient Guide.

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Breast screening. 10 minutes could save your life [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Urdu translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England [Gujarati] (October 2018)

Carers UK

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

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When someone dies. A step-by-step guide to what to do (August 2018)

Age UK

Practical information about what to do when someone dies, and where to go for advice. 

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Tamil translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Waldenstrom macroglobulinaemia (WM) (November 2018)

Bloodwise

Waldenström macroglobulinaemia (WM) is a slow-growing and rare form of blood cancer. It happens when certain blood cells called plasma cells develop in an unusual way in your bone marrow. This fact sheet explains what WM is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and suggests where to go for more information. 

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Polish translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Punjabi translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Bengali translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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The lymphatic system (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system, which helps protect you from infection. It is spread throughout your body, like blood vessels, and has many different parts. This factsheet describes the different parts of the lymphatic system and what they do: What is the lymphatic system?; Lymph; Lymph nodes; Bone marrow; Thymus; Spleen; Tonsils and adenoid; Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue; The lymphatic system and lymphoma. 

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Find out about your prostate [English language version of Gujarati translation] (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This leaflet gives information about prostate problems, risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Managing the late effects of bowel cancer treatment (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information for people who are still having side-effects six months or more after treatment for bowel cancer. It describes the possible side-effects, how they can be managed and who can help. The side-effects discussed include changes to bowel function, changes to bladder function, tiredness, concentration and memory problems, peripheral neuropathy, sexual difficulties, and feelings and relationships.

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Having a smear test [Easy read] (2018)

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. 

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Being cared for at home [Welsh] (October 2018)

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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Managing sickness and vomiting (September 2018)

Bloodwise

Some blood cancers and treatments for blood cancer can make you feel sick and sometimes be sick (vomit). This factsheet will help you to understand why this can happen, what to do if it does happen, and the range of treatments that can help. 

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Breast screening. An easy guide for women aged 50 and over (February 2018)

Public Health England

This illustrated leaflet is aimed at women with a learning difficulty. It explains the importance of breast screening and what will happen before, during, and after the screen.

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The complete guide to breast cancer: how to feel empowered and take control (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment; coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer; frank advice about sex and relationships; staying healthy during and after treatment; dealing with the fear of recurrence; living with secondary breast cancer. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A guide to follicular lymphoma and other slow-growing non-Hodgkin lymphomas (August 2018)

Bloodwise

This booklet is for people affected by low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It mainly covers the most common type of low-grade NHL, follicular NHL.

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F*** you cancer. How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourself (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

You are stronger than you know, more positive than you ever thought and you can still LIVE with cancer. Drink more green juices, eat turmeric, walk for three hours a day... Arghh, I wanted to scream, run away and tell every well-meaning person to go and do one! Whilst this book doesn’t advocate throwing all advice down the kitchen sink, it will empower you to do things your way as you navigate the big C roller coaster. Deborah James, campaigner and co-presenter of the top-charting podcast You, Me and the Big C, will take you through every twist and turn, reminding you that it’s okay to feel one hundred different things in the space of a minute and showing you how you can still live your life and BE YOURSELF with cancer. Taking you from diagnosis (welcome to the club you never wanted to join), to coping with family and friends (can everyone just fuck off sometimes?!), looking good and feeling better (drink the wine), and celebrating milestones along the way (drink more wine!), this inspiring cancer coach in a book will transform your outlook and encourage you to shout #FUCKYOUCANCER as loudly as you can! (Publisher)

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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Simplified] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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High-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A guide to DLBCL and other fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphomas (June 2018)

Bloodwise

A booklet for people affected by high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). 

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Make time for breast screening [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Stronger than before. Take charge of your healing to survive and thrive with breast cancer (2018)

Hay House

Stronger than before is the book Alison Porter went looking for when she first learned she had breast cancer. It's a practical handbook to guide you - and your friends and family - through every stage of the illness, from early diagnosis to treatment choices, and ultimately to a life beyond cancer. In this book, you'll discover: the different types of breast cancer, what to ask your doctor and how to make the choices that are right for you; self-help techniques on every level - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to support you through treatment and recovery; how to view your illness as a catalyst for post-traumatic growth, and move on with your life with greater meaning and purpose; your options for reconstruction and how to maintain a cancer-preventative lifestyle; advice for friends and family, so they can be truly helpful in how they offer you support. Written by a breast cancer survivor and thriver, Stronger than before contains invaluable information, guidance and tips, as well as tools and techniques to help you emerge from this life-changing experience healthier, more purposeful and stronger than before. (Publisher)

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Your operation and recovery (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides information for anyone going into hospital for breast cancer surgery. It describes what may happen before admission, what to take into hospital, what happens before and after surgery, what to expect after surgery (normal changes, possible problems) and leaving hospital and recovering from surgery. Includes details of further support and useful organisations.

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Understanding your pathology results (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains the information in a pathology report for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It explains the terms used and what the information means, and also suggests questions that women may want to ask their doctor.

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What to do when someone dies. A practical guide (July 2018)

Bereavement Advice Centre

Guidance on what to do when someone dies.

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Simple steps for good bowel health (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

Illustrated leaflet with information about how the digestive system works and advice on how to eat well and other lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Cryotherapy (March 2018)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet aims to help you understand more about cryotherapy, which may be used to treat basal cell carcinoma. It explains what cryotherapy is and what is involved and describes the potential side effects. 

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Understanding chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet answers questions about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. It also covers feelings, self-help, and practical and financial support. Includes details of useful organisations and resources.

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Personal organiser (April 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This organiser is for anyone with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer to keep a record of symptoms, side effects, and details of appointments. It is part of the Secondary breast cancer information pack.

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Understanding lymphoedema (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about lymphoedema. It is for anyone who has lymphoedema, or is at risk of developing it. It may also be helpful for family members, friends or carers. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema and how you may be able to reduce your risk of it developing. 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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Insurance (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet describes the various types of insurance (health, life, travel, car) and explains how having cancer can affect buying and claiming insurance. It also has details of further information and support.

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Melanoma in situ (August 2018)

British Association of Dermatologists

This factsheet aims to help you understand more about melanoma in situ - the earliest stage of melanoma. It explains what it is, what causes it, the treatment options, and where to find more information.

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My records (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet works alongside the information in "The cancer guide". It includes tools for you to use to: keep notes to show your healthcare team; write down appointment times; write down contact details; keep track of how you are feeling. It is included in the Macmillan organiser and available to order separately.

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Chemotherapy [Lithuanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet provides information about chemotherapy, including possible side-effects.

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Pelvic radiotherapy in women [Polish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages (6-39: The pelvis; radiotherapy; how radiotherapy might affect you; tiredness; effects on the skin, bladder, bowel, vagina; finding a toilet in a hurry; effects on sex life and fertility; early menopause) from Macmillan Cancer Support’s booklet “Pelvic radiotherapy in women. Managing the side effects" [MAC13944_E03_N].

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Palbociclib (Ibrance ®) (Polish) (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Palbociclib (Ibrance®) is a targeted therapy drug used to treat breast cancer that is oestrogen receptor positive and HER 2 negative. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, and possible side effects. 

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Letrozole (Femara®) [Polish] (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Letrozole is a hormonal therapy used in the treatment of post-menopausal women with breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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Zoledronic acid [Lithuanian] (December 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website translated into Lithuanian. Zoledronic acid is a bisphosphonate that can be used to help prevent bone loss, reduce the risk of cancer spreading to the bones in women with early breast cancer, treat bone weakness or pain caused by myeloma or cancer that has spread to the bones (secondary bone cancer), or treat high levels of calcium in the blood. This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Letrozole (Femara®) [Lithuanian] (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Letrozole is a hormonal therapy used in the treatment of post-menopausal women with breast cancer. This factsheet describes how it works, how it is given, and the possible side-effects.

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GemCis chemotherapy [Russian] (June 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This is a translation of information from the Macmillan Cancer Support website. It describes the GemCis chemotherapy regimen to treat many cancers, the drugs, how treatment is given, and possible side-effects.

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Understanding the PSA test [Spanish] (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

A translation of selected pages from the Macmillan Cancer Support booklet “Understanding the PSA Test”.

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