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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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Cover image of 'Manservation. Sons and daughters guide to prostate cancer. Helping you have those essential conversations with your father about prostate cancer'

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The Manversation campaign aims to challenge outdated stereotypes, raise awareness of the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer and encourage men to speak up about potential symptoms as soon as they experience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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Total penectomy (March 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes the aftercare, including catheters, and possible complications of a total penectomy

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Stage 3 ovarian cancer (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how stage 3 ovarian cancer is treated. 

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Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer. Information for families and carers (August 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This booklet is for family members of someone with pancreatic cancer. It includes information on managing symptoms and side effects, and accessing the right care and support.

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people returning to school after a diagnosis of cancer'

Supporting your pupil after a cancer diagnosis. An information guide for teachers helping children and young people returning to school after a diagnosis of cancer (December 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Getting back to school is vital for children with cancer. School helps them to feel ‘normal’ and reduces the isolation and loneliness which many children with cancer face. Teachers have a really important role to play in encouraging the child’s integration back into a school routine. But cancer is a scary word for many and it is completely normal for teachers and others working at the school to feel upset – not just for the awful situation facing the pupil and their family, but also for the impact on the rest of the class and school community. This guide aims to lessen some of the worries you may have by giving simple practical information and advice on a variety of issues faced by the child and their family, and some ideas on how to help them within a school setting.

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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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Partial penectomy (March 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes the aftercare, including catheters, and possible complications of a partial penectomy 

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Stage 4 ovarian cancer (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how stage 4 ovarian cancer is treated. 

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Glans resurfacing and split skin graft/Glansectomy (March 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This information sheet describes glans resurfacing and glansectomy,  how surgery is carried out, aftercare, and possible complications.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Urdu] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Prostate log book (July 2019)

Prostate Scotland

A log book for men to keep a record of appointments, the names of their health professionals, and the results of tests.

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Creative arts. Evidence-based information to help you self-manage your cancer experience (2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This evidence-based information sheet aims to provide clearly sourced and reliable information to help you make informed choices about the range of creative arts activities on offer to support people with cancer. 

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Early prostate cancer explained (October 2019)

Prostate Scotland

This booklet has detailed information about early prostate cancer, and is aimed at helping men, their partners and families understand about prostate cancer, the tests, investigations and treatment options and help them decide on the treatment that suits them best.

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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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (February 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Could it be blood cancer? (September 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

Pocket-sized fold-out guide to the symptoms of blood cancer and suggested questions for a GP appointment. 

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Stage 2 ovarian cancer (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes how stage 2 ovarian cancer is treated. 

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Polish] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Colonoscopy through the stoma - a patient's perspective (June 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet describes how a colonoscopy through the stoma is carried out, the preparation beforehand (bowel cleansing), what happens afterwards and the possible risks. It also explains what polyps are.

Cover image of 'The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Arabic]'

The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Arabic] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Financial support - benefits [Chinese, Traditional] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet is about claiming benefits. Includes the English-language version.. 

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Sodium clodronate for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about the bisphosphonate sodium clodronate given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. IIt explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause. 

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Zoledronic acid for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Zoledronic acid is a drug that’s given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. This booklet explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause.

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Relaxation techniques. Evidence-based information to help you self-manage your cancer experience (2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This evidence-based information sheet aims to provide clearly sourced and reliable information to help you make informed choices about the range of relaxation techniques on offer to support people with cancer. 

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Clinical trials (January 2019)

Kidney Cancer UK

Factsheet with information about clinical trials. It describes the different phases of trials, who conducts trials and where they take place and has advice about deciding whether to participate.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Large print] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Clinical diagnosis (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet has information about how testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated, including prosthesis and possible complications, and care after surgery. It also describes staging and the different types of testicular cancer.

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Planning ahead. Thinking about your care and wishes ahead of time (July 2019)

Marie Curie

You may not feel like planning when you’re ill, but thinking about the future now and making your wishes known will help you feel more in control. It can also help those close to you handle your affairs if you aren’t able to. This booklet has information about some of the things you might want to think about, like deciding where and how you want to be cared for, or making a Will. 

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Recipes for when food is a problem (September 2019)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Recipes and tips for people with oesophageal cancer who are having problems eating.

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Lymph node dissection (March 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This factsheet describes inguinal and pelvic lymph node dissection and possible complications such as infection and lymphoedema.

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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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Radiotherapy for primary breast cancer (May 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes radiotherapy for primary (early) breast cancer. It explains what radiotherapy is, why it might be needed, how it is given, what to expect, treatment planning, and the possible side-effects. 

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Colostomy irrigation. An introduction (July 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains the advantages and disadvantages of colostomy irrigation as an alternative to a stoma pouch. It describes who can and cannot irrigate, when irrigation can start, how it is taught, the equipment and supplies required, and how to irrigate.

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When you're close to someone with prostate cancer. A guide for partners and family (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

A booklet for anyone close to a man affected by prostate cancer, whether partner, family member or friend. It discusses ways to support a man with prostate cancer, where to get further information and how to look after yourself.

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Myeloma. An introduction (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides a brief overview of myeloma, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and management.

Cover image of 'Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults'

Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults (May 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children who may be donating bone marrow or stem cells to a sibling. It describes stem cells and stem cell transplants, why a transplant is needed, the types of transplants, the selection process, tissue typing, harvesting the bone marrow (including the risks and side-effects), and what happens if the transplant is unsuccessful. It also covers issues such as consent, what to take into hospital, and changes to sibling relationships. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary of terms.

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Applying for a blue badge. Exemption from Prescription Charges (November 2019)

Mesothelioma UK

This leaflet describes how to apply for a blue badge. It also explains that prescription charges were abolished for cancer patients in 2009.

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Getting care and support. A guide for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends (April 2019)

Marie Curie

This guide is for people living with a terminal illness and their friends and family. It aims to helps you explore your care options. It explains what care may be available, what you can expect from it, and who to ask for help.

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Sex and fertility (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes sperm banking and how different treatment options for testicular cancer may affect a man’s fertility.

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Financial support - help with costs (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. 

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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Clinical trials (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

Brief information about clinical trials, including the four phases, and the pros and cons of taking part..

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Difficulty swallowing (February 2019)

Marie Curie

Having difficulty swallowing is a common problem for people living with a terminal illness. It can affect your ability to eat, drink and take medication, and this may be worrying for you and your family and friends. This booklet has information about how your healthcare team can help you, and what you can do to help yourself.

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Eating well during cancer treatment. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

General advice to help you eat well during chemotherapy and radiotherapy; the challenges can be similar but where the information is specific to chemotherapy or radiotherapy, this will be stated. There’s no one way of eating that’s right for everyone so the general advice in this booklet will need to be adapted to you and your situation. It’s not intended to replace any advice given to you by a member of your healthcare team.

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Targeted therapies for lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has lung cancer, and targeted therapy is a possible treatment, then it’s almost certain that you will have a lot of questions. We have produced this booklet in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment.

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Going back to work (March 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the experience of returning to work after an ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, the importance of talking to your employer as soon as possible, your rights under the law and what to expect from your employer. 

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Ovarian cancer and stomas (June 2019)

Target Ovarian Cancer|Colostomy UK

Our expert mini guide is for you if you have a stoma or may get one after ovarian cancer surgery. Based on the latest evidence and full of insights from people who understand what you're going through, this guide explores what a stoma is and does and offers practical tips for overcoming common concerns. 

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Fatigue (November 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people with cancer have fatigue and this extreme tiredness is often called ‘cancer-related fatigue’. This factsheet answers the most common questions people ask about fatigue, including: what it is; why cancer causes fatigue; who gets it; how it feels; how long it lasts; how it is assessed; how it is treated; and how to cope.

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A simple guide to the prostate (October 2019)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet describes the prostate, the most common symptoms or signs and what they might mean (benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatis, prostate cancer).

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