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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: 173

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Nutritional products – availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings. A guide for patients and their carers (October 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Designed by dieticians for people with eating difficulties, this booklet describes the supplements available, those that are most suitable, and how each product can be used. 

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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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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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Eating problems and cancer [Arabic] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.

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Eating problems and cancer (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them.

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Eating problems and cancer [Urdu] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes the English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Polish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Gujarati] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Bengali] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Punjabi] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Romanian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.  

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Eating problems and cancer [Welsh] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Russian] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Portuguese] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Chinese, Traditional] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version. 

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Eating problems and cancer [Nepali] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them. Includes English-language version.

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Eating problems and cancer [Spanish] (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer can cause problems with eating and drinking. This information is about the different problems that can happen and ways of dealing with them.

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Recovery after treatment (May 2018)

Lymphoma Action

It can be difficult to know what to expect when you finish treatment for lymphoma. This factsheet is about your recovery from the side effects that may have affected your body during treatment. Contents: The recovery package; How soon will I feel better?; Symptoms to look out for; Late effects of treatment.

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Diet and physical activity for men with prostate cancer (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to improve their health and wellbeing. It describes how a healthy diet and regular exercise may help men manage the impact of prostate cancer and its treatment. It does not cover eating problems caused by prostate cancer and its treatment.

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Helping your child to eat well during cancer treatment. A practical information guide for parents and families of a child or young person with cancer (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children with cancer may experience problems with eating and drinking at some stage. This can be due to the cancer or its treatment. This booklet has ideas on helping children with a poor appetite and other eating problems.

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Eat well during cancer. Helping you cope with common side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund

This booklet is for people living with cancer and those having cancer treatment, who want to know more about how to cope with the common side-effects, but also want to follow as healthy a diet and lifestyle as possible. It is a general guide and not suitable for people who are eating very little, have lost a lot of weight unintentionally or are receiving palliative care, as they will need specialist information and advice. 

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Your operation and recovery (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet provides information for anyone going into hospital for breast cancer surgery. It describes what may happen before admission, what to take into hospital, what happens before and after surgery, what to expect after surgery (normal changes, possible problems) and leaving hospital and recovering from surgery. Includes details of further support and useful organisations.

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Swallowing and nutrition - when it's difficult (November 2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Swallowing may be difficult for a number of reasons such as chemotherapy before or after surgery, radiotherapy or laser treatment, or following the insertion of a stent. This booklet gives advice on eating when swallowing is difficult. It includes tips to help cope with a lack of appetite, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhoea and has information about food supplements, energy supplements and soft nutritious foods. Includes recipes.

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Side effects of cancer treatment (March 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

An overview of some of the more common side-effects that might happen with cancer treatments: bone marrow and blood, fatigue, mouth problems, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation, eating problems, skin, fertility, sex life, hormonal changes. The booklet suggests ways of dealing with them.

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A guide to life after oesophageal/gastric surgery - oesophagectomy and gastrectomy (November 2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

This booklet has been written for people who have had an oesophagectomy or a gastrectomy. It describes the operation and recovery, how the surgery may affect eating and drinking, and the possible problems that may arise, such as dumping, gastric retention, acid regurgitation, or diarrhoea. It has advice on life after surgery; for example, driving, sleep, relationships, and going back to work, and concludes with suggestions for small meals, snacks and nutritious drinks.

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Healthy eating guidelines. A guide to supporting health with good nutrition for people affected by cancer. (January 2017)

Penny Brohn UK

This booklet has been written for people affected by cancer or those wishing to reduce their risk of cancer. It contains general guidance and is not meant to be prescriptive. Everyone has unique nutritional requirements that depend, amongst other things, on genetic make up, medical history, stage of treatment, current state of health, and lifestyle, as well as tastes and preferences. The guidelines can be adapted to suit your own tastes and needs. If you have special dietary needs or problems with eating, swallowing, digestion, or weight loss you should seek further advice from a nutritionally-qualified health professional who has experience of working with people affected by cancer. 

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Recipes for people affected by cancer (December 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Guidance on eating a healthy diet and coping with poor appetite and weight loss, with plenty of recipes for people living with cancer or those caring for them.

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Nourishing your body during pancreatic cancer treatment (2016)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

Created by dietitians and chefs at University College Cork, this recipe book provides advice on how best to combat cancer-induced weight loss and other eating related problems whilst undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment.  It features over 80 quick, easy and energy dense recipes for nourishing meals and snacks that have been created specifically for people who find it hard to maintain a healthy weight. 

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Managing the symptoms of cancer (November 2016)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Practical advice on the common and less common symptoms that may occur with cancer, such as fatigue, eating problems, mouth problems, emotional effects, bowel problems, bladder problems, breathing difficulties, and skin problems. It describes the causes of each symptom and the medical and complementary therapies that can help. It has sections on how other people can help, support services, and practical and financial support. Includes a pullout symptom diary and details of useful organisations.

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Prostate cancer information booklet (January 2020)

PCaSO Prostate Cancer Support Network

This booklet covers diagnosis (including the DRE and the PSA test), the Gleason score and the staging of prostate cancer, treatment options (active surveillance, watchful waiting, radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound, hormone treatment, chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy), clinical trials, side effects (sexual problems, continence, bone health), and diet and lifestyle.

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Diet and breast cancer (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

A booklet for people having treatment for, or recovering from, breast cancer. It explains what is meant by a healthy diet and what to do if the effects of treatment cause problems such as changes in appetite or taste, nausea, sore mouth, constipation or diarrhoea. It also covers weight gain, weight loss, bone health, dietary supplements, phyto-oestrogens, alcohol, and complementary and alternative diets such as the Bristol diet, dairy-free diets and macrobiotics.

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Understanding stem cell transplants using donor cells (allogeneic) (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who is going to have a donor stem cell transplant.There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains what a donor stem cell transplant is, the different stages of treatment, and the possible side effects. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Diabetes and cancer treatment [in press] (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Diabetes UK

This booklet is for anyone who has cancer and also has diabetes. You may also want to read it if you have been told your cancer treatment may increase your risk of developing diabetes. It explains how some tests and cancer treatments can affect your diabetes and make it difficult to control your blood sugar. It also has some tips to help you cope with the side effects of cancer treatment if you have diabetes.

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An essential guide to diet and physical activity (September 2020)

Anthony Nolan

Having a stem cell transplant is a life-changing event. Dealing with the treatment and its impact on your everyday life can be a challenge. This guide aims to help you learn more about diet and physical activity after a  transplant. All the tips are based on ideas that other patients and health professionals have told us can be useful. If you are preparing for a transplant, this leaflet is designed to help you learn more about what to expect and how you can help yourself after transplant.

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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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Healthy eating and cancer (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people want to make positive changes to their lives when they have been diagnosed with cancer. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes. This booklet is for people living with cancer or after cancer treatment who want to know more about a healthy diet. It explains why diet is important and has tips on how to eat well and keep to a healthy weight. It also answers some common questions about diet and cancer.

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Managing weight gain after cancer treatment (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing weight gain after cancer treatment. It gives suggestions and tips to help you keep to a healthy body weight. We explain how changing the types of food you eat and being physically active can help you lose weight and feel healthier.

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Know your prostate. A guide to common prostate problems (June 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This booklet is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about the prostate gland. It describes what the prostate gland is, the changes to look out for, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer (what it is, the symptoms, the risk factors and what will happen at the doctors). A summary of this information is also available as a Z-card 'Know your prostate. A quick guide.'

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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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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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Bowel problems (August 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma, and some of the treatments for lymphoma, can cause bowel problems. Although these are usually mild and temporary, any change in bowel habits can have a considerable impact on day-to-day life and can be difficult to discuss. This factsheet has practical advice to help you cope with diarrhoea, constipation, and wind (flatulence).

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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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My lung surgery (August 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has lung cancer and surgery 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. It discusses the types of surgery, what happens before, during and after surgery, and returning home.

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A-Z of medical words (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet explains some of the words that people may read or hear when they are finding out about prostate problems and prostate cancer.

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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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Know your prostate. A quick guide (June 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

Z-card with information from the booklet 'Know your prostate. A guide to common prostate problems'. It describes the prostate gland, the changes to look out for, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and prostate cancer (what it is, the symptoms and the risk factors).

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Stents and bypass surgery for pancreatic cancer (February 2019)

Pancreatic Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for people with pancreatic cancer who are having a stent or bypass surgery. These treatments help symptoms caused by the cancer blocking the bile duct or duodenum. Family members may also find it helpful. It describes what the treatments involve, possible side effects, how they can affect your diet, and recovering afterwards.

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Dry, sore and itchy skin (June 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Skin problems can be a symptom of lymphoma. They can also be a side effect of some treatments. This factsheet has suggestions to help you manage dry, sore and itchy skin. Contents: Skin problems as a symptom of lymphoma; Skin problems as a side effect of treatment; Managing sore, dry and itchy skin.

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Living with lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet was written with the help of lung cancer experts, people affected by lung cancer, and others who support people with lung cancer to help you make the most of your health and wellbeing. 

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