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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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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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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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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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Caring for colostomates. A practical guide for staff in nursing and residential homes and for home carers (March 2020)

Colostomy UK

This booklet is for anyone responsible for caring for someone with a stoma. It briefly describes what a stoma is and why people have stoma surgery, then covers the practical aspects of caring for someone with a stoma. This includes everything from ordering medical supplies and disposing of waste, to diet, changing a stoma bag and recognising some of the common problems, such as sore skin. It also considers the concerns that people with stomas have and how these can impact on their physical and mental wellbeing. 

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Spot bowel cancer early (May 2020)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet has information about the causes and symptoms of bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Understanding rectal cancer (April 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about rectal cancer. The rectum is part of the bowel. We have separate information about small bowel cancer, colon cancer and anal cancer. The booklet explains what rectal cancer is, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also talks about your feelings when you are diagnosed with cancer and has practical advice on dealing with work and finances. When we mention bowel cancer in this booklet, this includes rectal cancer. 

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Understanding colon cancer (April 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about colon cancer. The colon is part of the bowel. We have separate information about small bowel cancer, rectal cancer and anal cancer. The booklet explains what colon cancer is, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also talks about your feelings when you are diagnosed with cancer and has practical advice on dealing with work and finances. When we mention bowel cancer in this booklet, this includes colon cancer.  

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Protect yourself against bowel cancer (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

This leaflet explains who is at risk, how colorectal cancer is detected and diagnosed, and how to help reduce cancer risk. It also describes the symptoms to look out for and the national screening programme.

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Rectal discharge following stoma surgery (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet explains why rectal discharge might occur following a colostomy and describes some of the management techniques and coping mechanisms that might help.

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Stoma reversal (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet describes the different types of stoma and the surgical techniques involved in their reversal. It also considers the advantages and possible problems associated with a reversal and suggests a simple checklist to ensure you make the appropriate decision for you.

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Parastomal hernias (September 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains what a parastomal hernia is, the causes, the complications and problems it can cause and the treatment options. It has practical hints and tips for managing a parastomal hernia and for reducing the risk. Includes the personal experiences of four ostomates.

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Healthy eating. Nutritional guidelines for people with a colostomy (June 2019)

Colostomy UK

Advice on diet and nutrition following a colostomy.

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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.

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Pain and discomfort following stoma surgery (July 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet describes what may cause pain and discomfort following Hartmann's procedure or loop stoma or abdomino-perineal excision of the rectum (APER), coping strategies and treatments available. Patients share their experiences.

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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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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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Bowel cancer (2019)

Guts UK

Information about bowel cancer, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and secondary bowel cancer.

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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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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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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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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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Traditional] (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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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Chinese, Simplified] (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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How will a colostomy affect me? Information for patients before stoma surgery (August 2019)

Colostomy UK

This booklet seeks to answer the many questions and concerns that patietns or a family member or carer might have about a colostomy. 

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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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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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Living with a stoma. Information for ostomates and their carers (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This booklet describes what happens after the operation, how to look after a stoma, the early days at home, and getting back to normal. It also advice on exercise and what to eat.

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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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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Chinese, Traditional] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

XELOX (or CAPOX) may be used to treat advanced bowel cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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Oxaliplatin (Thai) (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Oxaliplatin is a chemotherapy drug used to treat bowel, pancreatic, and stomach cancer, cancer and cancer of the oesophagus. It may be used to treat other cancers.

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XELOX (or CAPOX) [Lithuanian] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

XELOX (or CAPOX) may be used to treat advanced bowel cancer. This factsheet describes the drugs used, how they are given and some of the possible side-effects.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 [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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Bowel scope screening (September 2019)

Public Health England

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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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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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 [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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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema (October 2019)

Public Health England

Instructions on how to use the enema before attending for bowel scope screening.

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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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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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Bowel cancer risk. What you need to know if you have Crohn's or colitis (April 2019)

Crohn's and Colitis UK

Crohn’s and Colitis can increase the risk of bowel cancer in some people, particularly for those whose condition affects all or most of their large bowel. This information sheet looks at the relationship between bowel cancer and Crohn’s and Colitis, and how you can reduce your risk. It also describes changes in the lining of the bowel that may develop into cancer, and how these changes are detected.

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The facts about bowel cancer [Scotland] (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for Scotland.   

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The facts about bowel cancer [Wales] (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for Wales.   

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The facts about bowel cancer [England] (August 2018)

Bowel Cancer UK

This credit card sized leaflet summarises the facts about bowel cancer, what to look out for and how to reduce your risk. This is the version for England.   

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