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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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Planning ahead for the end of life (Scotland) [in press] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Public Health Agency

This booklet is about some of the ways you can plan ahead and make choices about your future care if you live in Scotland. It is for anyone who wants to plan ahead, whether they have a serious illness or not. Planning for your future care is also called advance care planning. It is important in case you ever become unable to make choices yourself. The booklet talks about the ways you can plan ahead, for example writing a will, or making a power of attorney or an advance directive. It also tells you how to talk about planning ahead with your family, friends and health and social care professionals.

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Planning ahead for the end of life. England and Wales (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about some of the ways you can plan ahead and make choices about your future care if you live in England or Wales. It is for anyone who wants to plan ahead, whether they have a serious illness or not. 

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Understanding primary bone cancer (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about primary bone cancer, including the different types, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explores emotions, and issues such as living with an amputation. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as websites.

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What is cancer? (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

This booklet uses easy words and pictures to help you get information about cancer.

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Coping with advanced cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have cancer that has come back or spread. This is sometimes called advanced cancer. It looks at some of the concerns you may be dealing with and has advice about ways of coping. It also talks about treatments and your feelings and has practical information about getting help and support.

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Breast screening explained [Welsh] (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

This leaflet has information about the accuracy, advantages and disadvantages of breast screening, what it is, why it is important; who is screened; what to wear, and what happens during the procedure and afterwards. It also answers common questions that women may have.

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Managing breathlessness (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. It includes information about breathing and relaxation exercises, treatments, practical tips for everyday living and a list of useful contacts for further information and support. It also includes a copy of the 'Relax and breathe' CD.

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Worrying about cancer coming back (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has had treatment to cure cancer and is worried about it coming back. It has suggestions to help you manage your worries, uncertainties and fears, including how to get more support.

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Reasons why you need another test [Welsh] (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

Information about the tests that may be offered if changes in the breeast have been detected by routine screening, such as specialised mammograms, breast examination, ultrasound scans, or biopsy.

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Spotting cancer early saves lives [Easy read] (February 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet tells you about some of the signs of cancer and what to look out for. It also gives tips on seeing your doctor and information about screening. 

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Signs of cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the main symptoms of cancer to look out for. You should see your doctor if you have any of these. The booklet also talks about bowel screening (the FOB test). 

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Understanding stomach cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. It talks about the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer and 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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Screening for cancer (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what screening is and why it is important. 

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Reasons why you need another test (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

Information about the tests that may be offered if changes in the breeast have been detected by routine screening, such as specialised mammograms, breast examination, ultrasound scans, or biopsy.

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How to try to not get cancer [Easy read] (February 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet tells you about some of the things you can do to try to not get cancer. 

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Be there for someone facing cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is for you if you are supporting a friend, family member or partner who has cancer. You probably want to help, but you might not know what you can do. This leaflet talks about the different stages of having cancer to help you understand what your friend, family member or partner is going through. We explain diagnosis, treatment and what happens after treatment. Each section has practical tips on how you can support the other person and suggestions for how to talk to them about what they are going through. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Gujarati] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Exercise (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about different ways you can exercise.  

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Understanding melanoma. Lymph node assessment and treatment (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes. 

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Questions for carers to ask about work and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet has questions you may need to ask about work issues if you are a working carer. A working carer is anyone who works while providing unpaid support to a partner, family member or friend with cancer, who could not manage without this support.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Bengali] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Understanding melanoma that has come back in the same area (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has come back in the same area (a local recurrence or recurrent melanoma).

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A guide for the end of life [in press] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what happens at the end of someone’s life and how to plan for it. It is for anyone nearing the end of life. There is also information for people caring for someone nearing the end of life.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Urdu] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Understanding melanoma and treatment with surgery (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of skin cancer called melanoma. It includes information about melanoma, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated with surgery. 

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about looking after someone who has cancer. It explains: what it means to be a carer; who can help support you and the person you care for; the practical, emotional and financial issues you may face, and how to cope with them; ways you can help the person you care for manage symptoms or side effects; how to look after yourself.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Farsi] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Punjabi] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Polish] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Symptoms of prostate cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about prostate cancer and symptoms to look out for. 

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Body image and cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on the body and suggests ways of dealing with these.

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Working while caring for someone with cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Move more. Your guide to becoming more active (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health. Lots of people say physical activity helps them feel more like they did before cancer. It can also help you take back control. This is your step-by-step guide to becoming more active. Here you will find tips on choosing which activity to do and where to get support. If you have not been active for a while or are new to being active, this guide will help you set realistic and achievable goals. We have included some tips to help you get started, information on how to set goals and an activity diary to help you keep track of how you are doing.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Portuguese] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Your urgent referral explained [Welsh] (May 2019)

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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Have safe sex (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to have safe sex.  

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Understanding breast screening (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help women understand why breast screening is carried out, the methods used, and what happens if an abnormality is detected. The advantages of screening as well as the difficulties are described. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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Sex and relationships. Support for young people affected by cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer, sex and relationships. It is for teenagers and young people who are having or have had cancer treatment. It may also help carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your relationships and sex life. It also gives information about coping with any changes and how to get more support.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Arabic] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Managing your debt (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing your debt. It is for people with cancer and their partners, family, friends or carers. It could help if you are in debt now, or if you are worried that you may have debt in the future. It tells you who to contact for more information and support.

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HPV vaccination. Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer (June 2019)

Public Health England

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This leaflet explains why it is given, how HPV spreads, and the impact of the vaccine to date.

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Managing cancer pain (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people understand more about cancer pain and the wide range of medical and complementary treatments available for controlling it. It describes pain and its possible causes, before covering individual methods of pain control. It includes a section on how to describe pain, a pullout pain diary, information about sources of support, and lists of useful organisation and websites.

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Ten top tips for a healthy weight (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

Tips, based on scientific evidence, to help people control their weight by taking in fewer calories and using more energy. 

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Bowel cancer screening. An easy guide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet uses illustrations to explain the bowel screening test.

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Going home from hospital (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how care and support is arranged for people with cancer when they are discharged from hospital.

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Stop smoking (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about smoking and tips for stopping.  

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Simplified] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Traditional] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Understanding advanced melanoma (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains melanoma that has spread to another area (advanced or metastatic melanoma). It describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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