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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: 1748

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

Carers Scotland

Guidance and advice for carers in Scotland. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Surgery [Arabic] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Polish] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Portuguese] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Chinese, Traditional] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English-language version.

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Surgery [Gujarati] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English language version.

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Surgery [Romanian] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes the English-language version.

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Surgery [Punjabi] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes the English language version.

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Surgery [Bengali] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet explains what cancer is, why surgery might be used to treat it, and how the surgery is carried out. It also describes what to expect before and after the operation, and the possible longer-term complications. Includes English language version.

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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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Things to do before you die (2020)

Hospice UK|Dying Matters

Things to think through so that you and your loved ones will have fewer things to worry about when you are dying: make a will; make a funeral plan; start planning for your future care and support; kake your thoughts on organ donation known; manage your digital legacy; make sure your loved ones know your plans.

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Living with the long-term effects of cancer. Acknowledging trauma and other emotional challenges (2020)

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Challenging a number of myths about living long term with or after cancer, this book offers new insights by delving into areas that are not usually spoken about. Written from a dual perspective- that of a psychologist who had breast cancer and who copes with the long-term effects of treatment - the book contests the assumption that the afflicted person will simply 'get better' or 'move through' to a better situation. Emotional and physical side-effects can worsen over time and people living beyond or with cancer often endure a mismatch between expectations and reality, because they have been told that life would be easier than it actually is. This can leave both those suffering longer term and those close to them confused and unprepared. Including testimonies with people who have had a cancer diagnosis and people in the medical profession, the book signposts ways that professionals may help and offers prompts for friends and relatives to have useful and open conversations with the person affected. It gives voice to many people who feel that their suffering is disputed and diminished by the prevailing narrative around recovery. Galgut includes discussion on relationships, work, trauma, fear of recurrence and the role of therapy. Giving an unflinchingly honest perspective, Living with the Long-Term Effects of Cancer sheds light on these struggles, in the belief that bringing this conversation to the forefront is key to improving life for those who are affected by cancer and who suffer longer term from its effects. (Pub;lisher)

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About stoma reversal (April 2020)

Bowel Cancer UK

This factsheet is about having surgery to reverse your stoma. It explains what a stoma reversal is, possible complications and what to expect after the operation. 

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Talking to children about lymphoma (June 2020)

Lymphoma Action

Guidance for people with lymphoma on what to tell their children and where to find other resources: Should I tell my child?; How can I talk to my child about lymphoma?; What should I say?; Keep communication open; Older children and teenagers; If someone close to you has lymphoma: animations for children; Resources.

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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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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2020)

Age UK

This factsheet explains what an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are, why people might want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up and ways to ensure other people know they exist. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Urdu] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Bengali] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Simple steps for good bowel health (November 2020)

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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Capecitabine (Xeloda®) [Polish] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Capecitabine is given as a treatment for many types of cancer including colorectal cancer, breast cancer, oesophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. This factsheet describes how it is given and some of the possible side-effects.

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Hydroxycarbamide (Hydrea®) [Bulgarian] (2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Hydroxycarbamide (also known as hydroxyurea) is used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia, cervical cancer, and some pre-cancerous conditions. This factsheet describes how it is given and the possible side-effects.

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Paclitaxel and carboplatin [Chinese, Traditional] (2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Paclitaxel (Taxol®) and carboplatin is a combination chemotherapy regime used to treat cancer of the ovary and cancer of the lung. This factsheet describes the drugs, how they are given and the possible side-effects.

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Ipilimumab [Polish] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Ipilimumab is a targeted therapy drug used to treat advanced melanoma. This describes how it works, how it is given, and some of the possible side-effects.

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Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma [Polish] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a specific type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This factsheet describes the signs and symptoms, staging, grading, diagnosis and treatment.

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Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) [Polish] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Nivolumab (OPDIVO®) is a targeted therapy drug used to treat melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer or kidney (renal cell) cancer. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Polish] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Hindi] (September 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Romanian] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Talking about dying with people affected by dementia (2020)

Hospice UK|Dying Matters

Guidance on how to raise the subject of dying with someone who has dementia.

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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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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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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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Your urgent referral explained [Welsh] (June 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet helps patients who have been urgently referred with suspected cancer to prepare for their appointments and tests. Includes English-language version.

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Your urgent referral explained (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet helps patients who have been urgently referred with suspected cancer to prepare for their appointments and tests. 

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A guide for prisoners at the end of life (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for you if you may die in prison from a serious illness. It explains what might happen, how you may feel and what support is there to help you. There is some information about what will happen after your death and the support available for any family members and friends.

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Bowel screening. What happens next. An explanation of your test results and what happens next (July 2020)

Bowel Screening Wales

This leaflet explains what happens if the bowel screening test shows that blood has been found in your sample. It explains what a colonoscopy is, and how to prepare for it.

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Bowel screening test kit instructions (July 2020)

Bowel Screening Wales

Instructions on how to use the bowel screening test kit.

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This free NHS test kit could save your life (July 2020)

Bowel Screening Wales

This leaflet describes the benefits of the bowel screening test kit, what the kit looks for, and what happens if blood is found in your sample. It also has information on how to reduce your risk of bowel cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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Fatigue and brain tumours (January 2020)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet aims to help patients understand why they may have less energy. It explains what cancer-related fatigue is and describes the symptoms and possible causes. It has suggestions for coping with fatigue and answers some commonly asked questions and also offers some practical suggestions for coping with the emotional and physical effects of fatigue.

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This free NHS test kit could save your life [Welsh] (July 2020)

Bowel Screening Wales

This leaflet describes the benefits of the bowel screening test kit, what the kit looks for, and what happens if blood is found in your sample. It also has information on how to reduce your risk of bowel cancer and the symptoms to look out for.

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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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Radical acts of love. How we find peace at the end of life (2020)

Canongate Books Ltd

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities. As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality. (Publisher)

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My chemotherapy journey (2020)

Ken Harwood

The author was diagnosed in 2019 with a low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma and this is his day-by-day account of his chemotherapy journey over a six month period.

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Dear life. A doctor's story of love and loss (2020)

Little, Brown Book Group

As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself. (Publisher)

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Manversation. A woman's guide to prostate cancer. Support and guidance for women whose partners have been diagnosed with prostate cancer (October 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer|Tackle Prostate Cancer

The Manversation campaign aims to challenge outdated stereotypes, raise awareness of the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer and encourage men to speak up about potential symptoms as soon as they experience them. This leaflet describes how women can support men with advanced prostate cancer and how they can get supoport for themselves.

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Sun safety and skin cancer. The facts, prevention and early detection (2019)

SKCIN: The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity

Leaflet with information about skin cancer and how to avoid it, including: sunburn; sunbeds; protecting young children; choosing the right sunscreen; applying sunscreen; at risk groups; types of skin cancer.

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Manservation. Sons and daughters guide to prostate cancer. Helping you have those essential conversations with your father about prostate cancer (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer|Tackle Prostate Cancer

The Manversation campaign aims to challenge outdated stereotypes, raise awareness of the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer and encourage men to speak up about potential symptoms as soon as they experience them. This leaflet gives an overview of prostate cancer and has tips for how adult sons and daughters can support their fathers.

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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of treatment for childhood cancer, but its impact can be significant. This animation tells the story of Anna, Jack and Laura who all lose their hair while having treatment for cancer and helps young children to understand what might happen.

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