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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: 438

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Understanding the PSA test (May 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has been written to help men decide whether to have the PSA blood test. It describes the prostate gland, the causes and symptoms of prostate cancer, and explains the PSA test in detail, including the advantages and disadvantages. Treatment options for prostate cancer are briefly explained. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources, such as websites.

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Your child's health team (children with a brain tumour) (February 2018)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This factsheet outlines the roles of some of the health care professionals who may be part of a child’s multidisciplinary team.

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Breast cancer and how to spot it [Easy read] (2018)

Public Health England

Leaflet aimed at encouraging women over 70 to check their breasts regularly and to go to the doctor as soon as they notice any change.

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If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's 'just the once', tell your doctor [Large print] (2018)

Public Health England

Leaflet aimed at alerting general public to symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer and encouraging people to go to the doctor if they have blood in their urine.

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Common side effects of treatment. A guide for patients (October 2018)

Leukaemia Care

Cancer treatment can cause side-effects and sometimes these can be more difficult to manage than the illness itself. Some of these are common and experienced by many, some are much rarer and occur in very few patients. This booklet is designed to provide you with information about the common side-effects you may experience, what to expect and how they may be managed. It covers the following side effects: increased chance of infection; fatigue; hair loss; anaemia; gastrointestinal side-effects (nausea and vomiting, appetitie changes, constipation, diarrhoea); mouth changes; cognitive effects; pain and tingling; fertility; cardiac and lung toxicity; and secondary cancer risk. It also includes a glossary and details of useful contacts and further support.

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Are you worried about breast cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what we know about the main causes of breast cancer and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

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Have you seen blood in your pee, even once? Then it is time to tell your doctor [Easy read] (2018)

Public Health England

Leaflet aimed at alerting general public to symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer and encouraging people to go to the doctor if they have blood in their urine.

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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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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 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 scope screening: using the enema [Hindi] (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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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 [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 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 [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 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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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 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 cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Punjabi] (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 [Farsi] (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 [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 [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 cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Arabic] (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 [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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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 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 cancer screening. Having a colonoscopy [Urdu] (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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The emotional impact of a blood cancer. A guide for patients (October 2018)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet describes some of the more challenging emotional responses you may experience as you adjust to life following a diagnosis of blood cancer. It must be noted that this information is mainly written in the context of acute leukaemia and is for those who are receiving intensive treatment. However, anyone with a blood cancer diagnosis may find this information useful.

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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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Cancer and older people (March 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is for older people living with cancer. It is aimed at people aged 70 and over, but people under the age of 70 might also find it useful. It explains the different types of treatment and support available. it also has information about living with cancer and other conditions.

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The essential guide to prostate cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Generally affecting men over the age of 50, there are around 47,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. There is currently no screening programme for the disease and the symptoms could be quite easily ignored, as they don’t tend to cause too many problems in the early stages. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK. This essential guide provides straightforward information on the disease: from what the prostate is and how to recognise the symptoms of the condition, to what happens during screening and diagnosis, and the treatments available. Presented in an informative but conversational way, the book is aimed primarily at men who have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but anyone wanting further information on the condition can use it. All the medical issues are covered in an easy-to-follow way, together with sections that deal specifically with the emotional effects of the disease and strategies you can use to help your body fight the cancer. (Publisher)

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If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's 'just the once', tell your doctor (2018)

Public Health England

Leaflet aimed at alerting general public to symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer and encouraging people to go to the doctor if they have blood in their urine.

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Myeloma (March 2018)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet explains what multiple myeloma is, the causes, symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis.

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Hodgkin lymphoma (January 2018)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet provides information about Hodgkin lymphoma, including the incidence, stages, causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A guide to follicular lymphoma and other slow-growing non-Hodgkin lymphomas (August 2018)

Blood Cancer UK

This booklet is for people affected by low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). It mainly covers the most common type of low-grade NHL, follicular NHL.

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High-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). A guide to DLBCL and other fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphomas (June 2018)

Blood Cancer UK

A booklet for people affected by high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). 

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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All the time we thought we had (2018)

Polygon (Birlinn Imprint)

How do you start a new life when the person you love is about to die? At the age of thirty-six, Gordon Darroch's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a devastating blow just as he, and their two children with autism, were preparing to move to her native Holland. Eighteen months later, as their plans seemed to be back on course, came the second blow: Magteld was terminally ill and possibly had only a few months to live. As her health rapidly deteriorated, they became caught up in a race against time to get a dying mother home and give their children a future in a country they hardly knew. How could they build a new life in the midst of grief and loss? How would their two sons adjust to such enormous changes? And what would remain of Magteld once she was gone? All the Time We Thought We Had is a story of love and loss and a meditation on grief and memory. It's about how events shape our lives and how we cope with them. And it raises important questions about what we value in life and the legacies we leave behind. (Publisher)

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Going to the doctor (2018)

Books Beyond Words

Going to the doctor can be worrying. For people with a learning disability, there may be the added worry of not being able to explain what’s wrong, as well as not understanding what’s happening. This book shows Jim, Anne and Laura who visit their General Practice for different reasons. The stories look at the ways the doctor and nurse listen to each of them, asking questions, explaining what will happen next and checking their understanding so that they can give informed consent. Many of the scenarios shown in the book form part of the annual health check. They also show how to involve the supporter appropriately. This book can be used to help someone get ready to visit the doctor, as a reasonable adjustment during the consultation, and for wider health promotion work. (Publisher)

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The complete guide to breast cancer: how to feel empowered and take control (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

The book you can trust to support you at every stage of your treatment - and beyond. Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: simple explanations of every breast cancer treatment; coping with the emotional burden of breast cancer; frank advice about sex and relationships; staying healthy during and after treatment; dealing with the fear of recurrence; living with secondary breast cancer. Packed full of all the things the authors wished they’d known when they were diagnosed, and tips on how to cope with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and beyond, this is the only book you need to read to guide you through your breast cancer diagnosis. (Publisher)

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Love and remission: my life, my man, my cancer (2018)

Trigger

In her mid-twenties, balancing a stable job and a partying lifestyle, Annie was also on the hunt for a man. She wanted to find Mr Right, get married, buy a house, and live the life she'd always wanted. But then one day, she found a lump ... Breast cancer. The two words that would derail Annie's life. Suddenly she realised how short her life had been, and the very idea of finding love seemed impossible. As her hair fell out, and her social life crumbled, her mental health deteriorated. She began to question if she would actually survive. Struggling with an identity crisis and worryingly low moods, she wondered if she'd ever be able to live the normal life that had been within her reach only months earlier. Love and Remission tells the tale of a young woman in search of love and mental wellbeing. (Publisher)

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Pensions (July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet will help people affected by cancer to review their pension arrangements (state, occupational, personal). It covers protecting pension rights, taking pension income, and protecting survivors.

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The essential guide to cervical cancer (2018)

Need2Know

Awareness of cervical cancer has grown in recent years and many women are looking to find out more. It is estimated that 3,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with the cancer each year. This book aims to help women of all ages find out more about testing for cervical cancer, understanding how important it is to go for regular check-ups and overcoming the physical and emotional challenges cervical cancer can bring. Written in a sensitive, straightforward manner, the book guides women through the entire process from check-ups to diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. There is also an extensive list of sources of help and support. If you’re supporting a partner, daughter or friend through cervical cancer, or just want to know more about gynaecological health and check-ups, this guide will provide you with the sound, sensitive advice you need. (Publisher)

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Looking after your balls. Information for men (November 2017)

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Easy read information for men on how to check their testicles.

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Prostate cancer and other prostate problems. Information for black men (June 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men are. This illustrated leaflet describes the prostate, the symptoms of prostate cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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