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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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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Polish] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Bengali] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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Caring for a person with a stoma and dementia (November 2018)

Colostomy UK

Teaching a person with dementia how to care for their stoma is not possible in all cases, but where it is possible, attempts should be made to encourage them. The level of independence achievable will vary. A person with dementia may benefit from extra time and repetition of the tips in this booklet, which were suggested by healthcare professionals who have been actively involved in the care of ostomates with dementia.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Portuguese] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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Having a CT colonography (CTC) scan (November 2018)

Public Health England

Information on the computed tomography colonography (CTC) scan, following an abnormal result from NHS bowel cancer screening. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Chinese, Traditional] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy. 

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Urdu] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [French] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Chinese, Simplified] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Bengali] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Arabic] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Gujarati] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Gujarati] (November 2018)

Public Health England

This leaflet gives information about how a colonoscopy is carried out, and explains the benefits and risks of having the investigation. It aims to help people make an informed choice about having a colonoscopy.

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Polish] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Hindi] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

Cover image of 'NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Chinese, Traditional]'

NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Chinese, Traditional] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Chinese, Simplified] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Punjabi] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Farsi] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema [Nepali] (February 2018)

Public Health England

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

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Bowel scope screening. Having a colonoscopy (March 2018)

Public Health England

Information for people who have been called for a colonoscopy because polyps were found when they had bowel scope screening: What is bowel cancer?; What is a colonoscopy? What does a colonoscopy involve?; Does colonoscopy have risks?; What are the possible results of colonoscopy?; Outcomes for 100 people who have a colonoscopy after bowel scope screening; What are the symptoms of bowel cancer; What can I do lower my chances of getting bowel cancer?; Who can I contact if I have a question? 

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Understanding bowel cancer screening (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information and support for people who have had, or who are about to have, a bowel screening test. The booklet describes the bowel, bowel cancer, the faecal occult blood (FOB) test, further diagnostic tests (colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy), and the benefits and disadvantages of bowel cancer screening.

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The essential guide to bowel cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, affecting more than 37,000 people. However, with early diagnosis the condition can be managed effectively to allow patients to lead as normal a life as possible for as long as possible. This book will inform and help those who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, their family and friends, and those who simply want to know more about the condition. The book will contain practical advice and information on treatment choices and how to cope on a daily basis. For healthy individuals it also gives valuable information about how you can reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer and useful tips on healthy eating and lifestyles. Written by a freelance medical author, this book aims to provide a reassuring and sensitive resource of information for use during a time when a person with a cancer diagnosis has so much to think about. People often say their time with their cancer specialists is limited and full of complicated terminology; this book aims to supplement this information, written in an easy-to-understand way. (Publisher)

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Managing the late effects of bowel cancer treatment (April 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information for people who are still having side-effects six months or more after treatment for bowel cancer. It describes the possible side-effects, how they can be managed and who can help. The side-effects discussed include changes to bowel function, changes to bladder function, tiredness, concentration and memory problems, peripheral neuropathy, sexual difficulties, and feelings and relationships.

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Clothing (March 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply speciliast clothing for people with a stoma.

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Pancaking (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply lubricating deodorants.

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Leakage (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of products and suppliers that can help with problems of leakage for people with a stoma.

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Bag covers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply bag covers.

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Manufacturers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that manufacture stoma products.

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Deodorants (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply deodorants for people with a colostomy.

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Coping with a stoma when you have a disability (March 2017)

Colostomy UK

Advice for people with a stoma who also have a disability, for example visual impairment, reduced dexterity, or limited mobility. Covers topics such as water bills, benefits, and organisations that can provide help.

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Bed protection (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of suppliers of bed protection products for people with a stoma.

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Solidifying agents (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

List of solidifying agents and the companies that supply them.

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Support garments (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply garments to support a hernia.

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Skin care (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply skin products to help people with a stoma manage their condition.

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Travel insurance (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of insurance companies that specialise in providing cover for ostomates.

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Stoma support organisations (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of support organisations for people living with a stoma.

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Large bag manufacturers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply large bag covers.

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Medical adhesive removers (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of products for people with a stoma.

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Wind, ballooning and odour (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Guidance for colostomates on wind, ballooning and odour. Describes what may cause wind, foods to avoid, tips to help reduce wind, what to do if the bag keeps ballooning, and what to do about odour.

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Seat belt protection and extenders (May 2017)

Colostomy UK

Details of companies that supply seat belt protection and extenders.

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Bowel health and screening: carers guide. A booklet for carers of people who use easy read materials [Scotland] (November 2017)

Bowel Cancer UK

Carers can play an important role in helping people make the best choices about their health. This booklet will help you talk with the person or people you support, about keeping their bowel healthy and getting their bowel checked. 

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Dancing with cancer (and how I learnt a few new steps) (2014)

O-Books (John Hunt Publishing)

The late Diana Brueton had never been ill and on being diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer in August 2007 she stepped into a parallel world of waiting rooms, treatments, friends and family who supported - or fled - as life became both exquisitely precious and terrible. Dancing with Cancer is a human drama, a ride on the rollercoaster of hope and despair and, as the gradients became gentler, a journey through meditation and creativity to wisdom and acceptance. Diana was a gifted writer and artist who worked for the BBC, The Bristol Cancer Help Centre and as a teacher and art therapist. (Publisher)

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The cancer Olympics (2014)

Self-published using Friesen press

Diagnosed with a late-stage cancer, after years of bungled and inadequate medical attention...and then to discover that the best-practice chemotherapy is not available in your province. After her delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer, Robin McGee reaches out to her community using a blog entitled "Robin's Cancer Olympics." Often uplifting and humourous, the blog posts and responses follow her into the harsh landscape of cancer treatment, medical regulation, and provincial politics. If she and her supporters are to be successful in lobbying the government for the chemotherapy, she must overcome many formidable and frightening hurdles. And time is running out. . . A true story, The Cancer Olympics is a suspenseful and poignant treatment of an unthinkable situation, an account of advocacy and survival that explores our deepest values regarding democracy, medicine, and friendship. www.thecancerolympics.com (Publisher)

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Unexpected lessons in love (2012)

John Murray

Cecilia Banks has a great deal on her plate. But when her son Ian turns up on her doorstep with the unexpected consequence of a brief fling, she feels she has no choice but to take the baby into her life. Cephas's arrival is the latest of many challenges Cecilia has to face. There is the matter of her cancer, for a start, an illness shared with her novelist friend Helen. Then there is Helen herself, whose observations of Cecilia's family life reveal a somewhat ambivalent attitude to motherhood. Meanwhile Tim, Cecilia's husband, is taking self-effacement to extremes, and Ian, unless he gets on with it, will throw away his best chance at happiness. Cecilia, however, does not have to manage alone. In a convent in Hastings sits Sister Diana Clegg who holds the ties that bind everyone not only to each other, but to strangers as yet unmet. As events unfold and as the truth about Cephas is revealed, we are invited to look closely at madness, guilt, mortal dread and the gift of resilience. No one will remain unchanged. (Publisher)

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How does it feel? Reflections on a year in the life of one woman following a diagnosis of bowel cancer (2009)

Self-published using AuthorHouse

'What are you going to do now?' my teacher colleagues asked, as I packed away my things after my retirement party. I replied, 'I might like to write a book'- never guessing that the subject of the book was going to be - bowel cancer. It was only three days later that I received my diagnosis. 'How does it feel?' (reflections on a year in the life of one woman following a diagnosis of bowel cancer), is a moving story of Ann's battle with bowel cancer, through surgery and chemotherapy. It includes a journal which describes the day to day ups and downs of illness; and also an anthology of pictures and poems through which Ann expresses her inner journey. This book will provide encouragement to all who suffer from cancer. Ann's story is told with honesty and directness and this book expresses well the complexities of the cancer experience. Ann's reflections lift the spirit and offer a glimpse of the spiritual meaning found in the simple things of life, which become all the more precious at times of crisis. (Publisher)

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Saving my arse. A story of cancers, colons and Singapore noodles (2008)

Mark Davies

If you or a family member or friend is diagnosed with Bowel/colon cancer then this book will hopefully be of some use and comfort. But I really wrote this book for all of those people, who thought like me that cancer and its treatments begins and ends with losing your hair and sitting around in hospitals like a displaced Hare Krishna convention, whilst having an uncontrollable urge to run the marathon. I want to allay, if at all possible, some the fears that we all have of cancer without boring anyone to tears or being over emotional. More people than ever are surviving, and go on to live a normal life. I am not a doctor, nor have I ever had any medical training, so I found that I didn't really understand a lot of what was being talked about by the doctors. Questions like: What is Chemotherapy and what does it do? What happens during Radiotherapy? (Publisher)

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It's not over till the bag lady rings (2007)

Spring Hill

On the basis of comments left on the author's blog, this book should appeal to cancer patients, survivors and those who care for people with cancer - healthcare professionals as well as friends and family - and anyone else wanting an insight into this wretched disease. Cancer sufferers not only have to deal with big issues - like confronting their own mortality - they have to cope with the everyday as well - the effect on relationships, changes in diet, whether or not to replace the dishwasher - and in the case of bowel cancer, perhaps a colostomy or ileostomy - while all the time trying to remain positive. Based on the author's online diaries, this book will enable the reader to get inside the mind of a cancer patient and discover what it feels like to have to cope with this disease. (Publisher)

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Living with cancer. 3: Colorectal (bowel) cancer (2006)

Family Advice and Information Resource

This illustrated booklet is for people with learning difficulties. It outlines the purpose of the bowel, what might cause bowel cancer, the changes to look out for, having a check-up at the doctor's, tests at the hospital, and how to keep the bowel healthy.

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