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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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Your hospital stay. What to expect when going into hospital, while you’re there and when you’re discharged (June 2019)

Age UK

This guide aims to put older people at ease if they are going to be admitted to hospital. It will help them: prepare for going into hospital; understand their rights in hospital; understand the discharge process; and be more informed about care afterwards. It may also be useful for relatives and friends, as it can be a difficult time for them too. 

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Make time for breast screening (2019)

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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Financial support - help with costs [Russian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Pertuzumab with Perjeta (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what pertuzumab is, when it’s given and its possible side effects. Pertuzumab is the generic (non-branded) name of the drug. Its current brand name is Perjeta®.

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Donating stem cells to your relative (October 2019)

Anthony Nolan

This booklet for anyone thinking about donating their stem cells to a relative who needs a transplant to treat a blood cancer or blood disorder. It will explain why a donation is needed and what happens at each step of the process. 

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Financial support - help with costs [Bengali] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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Caring for your child at end of life. A guide for parents and carers (October 2019)

Together for Short Lives

Practical information to support parents and carers at this difficult time. It aims to answer some of the questions that you might have, and sets out what you should expect from children’s palliative care services with useful links to further sources of information and support. Includes reflections from families on their experience of losing a child. 

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Bowel cancer screening. A guide to bowel cancer screening in Wales [Welsh] (2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This leaflet describes bowel screening in Wales: what bowel cancer screening is; why it is important; what the test involves; who can take part; and what happens after the test.

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FEC-T chemotherapy (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what the chemotherapy combination FEC-T is, when it may be prescribed, how it is given and what side effects may occur. FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs: 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU); epirubicin; cyclophosphamide; docetaxol (also known as Taxotere).

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Living well. After bowel cancer treatment (August 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

The information in this booklet is for anyone who has had treatment for bowel cancer. It may also be helpful for family and friends. It describes follow-up care, possible side effects from treatment, and some of the feelings people might have after finishing treatment. It also explains how a healthy lifestyle can help and your rights are work. 

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Reducing the risk of lymphoedema (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what lymphoedema is and who is at risk. It describes how to reduce the risk of developing lymphoedema, and what to do if problems occur (swelling and skin damage).

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Your body, intimacy and sex (November 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

Breast cancer and its treatments can cause many physical and emotional changes. This booklet outlines how these changes can alter the way you feel about your body, and how they may affect sex and intimacy. The booklet covers many topics including getting used to changes to your body, how breast cancer and its treatments may affect your sex life or intimate relationships, and offers tips on sex and intimacy after treatment. 

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Financial support - help with costs [Romanian] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Managing breathlessness. A guide to breathing techniques, medication and other things that can help (October 2019)

Marie Curie

If you have breathlessness, this booklet may be helpful for you. It’s aimed at people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and may be helpful at any stage of your illness. It describes things you can do yourself to manage breathlessness, and who can help you.

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Minimal access radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer (February 2019)

Prostate Scotland

This booklet is to help men whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate understand more about minimal access surgery to remove the prostate (also known as robotic assisted radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy). It covers what it is, who it’s suitable for, what happens and the advantages and drawbacks of this type of treatment. It may help men decide if this might be the right treatment choice for them.

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Financial support - help with costs [Gujarati] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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How to stop smoking and stay stopped [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This booklet is for smokers who are seriously thinking of giving up smoking. The contents include: Thinking about stopping; Preparing to stop; Stopping; Staying stopped; Further help; Medications.

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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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Bowel cancer screening. A guide to bowel cancer screening in Wales (October 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This leaflet describes bowel screening in Wales: what bowel cancer screening is; why it is important; what the test involves; who can take part; and what happens after the test.

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Trastuzumab (Herceptin) (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what trastuzumab is, how it works, when it may be prescribed and the side effects you may experience. 

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Welsh] (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts. Includes the English-language version.

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Living with an illness you will probably die from. Your family and friends [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

This Easy Read booklet is for people living with an illness that they will probably die from. It tells them about talking to family and friends.

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The man manual. Men's health made easy (February 2019)

Haynes Publishing for Men's Health Forum

One careful owner? With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. The new fully-revised 2019 edition of this easy-to-read handbook will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. There are also brand new interviews with men who've been on the journey and have a tale to tell. (Publisher)

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time [Welsh] (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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Pancreatic cancer. Surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. 

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Hair loss (September 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Some lymphoma treatments can cause your hair to thin or fall out. Knowing what to expect and what you can do about it may help you cope with losing your hair. This factsheet has advice on how to care for your hair and scalp during and after treatment. It also tells you about some of the options you may wish to consider until your hair grows back. 

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Bowel cancer screening. A guide to bowel cancer screening in England (December 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This leaflet describes bowel screening in England: what bowel cancer screening is; why it is important; what the test involves; who can take part; and what happens after the test.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware (July 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Illustrated mini leaflet showing women how to check their breasts.

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Burkitt lymphoma (April 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

Burkitt lymphoma is a fast-growing form of blood cancer that can affect adults and children. This fact sheet explains what Burkitt lymphoma is, how it’s diagnosed and treated in adults, and where to go for more support. 

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CAR-T therapy (August 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

CAR-T therapy is a new type of cancer treatment that uses the immune system to kill cancer cells. This factsheet describes what it is, how it is given, who can have it, and its safety and effectiveness.

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Urdu] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Active surveillance as a management for early prostate cancer (August 2019)

Prostate Scotland

A leaflet to help men decide if active surveillance is right for them.

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Who can help? [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to tell you about the different people who can help if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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Ascites and ascitic drainage. Build-up of fluid in the abdomen (tummy) and how it can be treated (September 2019)

Marie Curie

This leaflet aims to help you understand ascites (build-up of fluid in the abdomen), what causes it and how it can be treated. It explains how the fluid can be removed in a procedure called ascitic drainage, or paracentesis. 

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Caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from. Money and work [Easy read] (June 2019)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie has written this Easy Read booklet to help you think about money and work if you are caring for someone with an illness they will probably die from.

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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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If your prostate cancer comes back. A guide to treatment and support (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who are worried that their prostate cancer might come back, or whose cancer has recurred after one or more treatments. It describes why prostate cancer might come back, the treatment options, and how to get support. It has space to record the names and contact details of the health professionals involved in ongoing care, details of appointments, and results of PSA tests. Includes a glossary.

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Pancreatic cancer. Treating symptoms and getting support. An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain how symptoms like diet problems and pain are treated, and how you can get support. 

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men [Polish] (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Deciding on treatment: a step on your journey (July 2019)

Prostate Scotland

Guidance for men who are making a decision about treatment. Includes a chart with brief details of the treatments, what's involved and potential side effects.

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After breast cancer treatment: what now? (June 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what happens after your hospital-based treatments finish. It includes information on follow-up care, being breast and body aware, the ways breast cancer may come back, and how you might feel after treatment ends.

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The HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men (2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet is about the HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men to help protect against four types of HPV that can cause cancer and genital warts.

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Pancreatic cancer. Treatment if you can't have surgery. An Easy Read booklet (July 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Easy read information using pictures and simple words to explain treatments if you can’t have surgery, including chemotherapy and stents. 

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Donating stem cells (July 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

This factsheet is for people who may be chosen to donate stem cells to someone else. It explains how stem cell transplants can help people with blood cancer, and what happens when you donate stem cells. 

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Active ostomates. Sport and fitness after stoma surgery (November 2019)

Colostomy UK

Adapting to life with a stoma can be challenging and the thought of exercise may well be the last thing on your mind as you recover from surgery. This booklet has advice on exercises to try and how to manage your stoma while exercising or playing sport.

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Your breast clinic appointment (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet has been written for anyone referred to a breast clinic. It describes what to expect and the tests that may be carried out, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound scan, fine needle aspiration cytology, core biopsy, punch biopsy and vacuum-assisted biopsy.

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MEN 1. Patient information. Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (August 2019)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet has been written for people with MEN by people with MEN. It explains what MEN 1 is, how it is diagnosed, and the three main types of tumours associated with it: parathyroid tumours, pituitary tumours, and pancreatic islet cell tumours. Each section includes information about the tests that may be carried out and the treatment options.

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About colonic stenting (September 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This factsheet is about using a stent to unblock your bowel if it has become blocked due to bowel cancer. It explains why you might have a stent fitted, what’s involved, and the possible complications. 

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Prostate cancer. A guide for men who've just been diagnosed [large print] (May 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It describes the prostate, how prostate cancer is diagnosed, what the test results mean, the treatment options, and the support available. It has space to record contact details and other information that may be useful, such as appointment times and PSA levels.

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