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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: 90

Cover image of 'Dear life. A doctor's story of love and loss'

Dear life. A doctor's story of love and loss (2020)

Little, Brown Book Group

As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself. (Publisher)

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Understanding your small cell lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

This booklet explains what small cell lung cancer is, and addresses common questions and concerns. 

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Proton beam therapy myths. Myths that need busting (January 2019)

Brainstrust

This leaflet looks at some of the myths around proton beam therapy: protons can treat any cancer; proton beam therapy is more effective than conventional radiotherapy; protons can cure cancer that other treatments can’t; having proton beam therapy through a private provider is better than through the NHS; decisions to be treated with proton beam therapy are based on money; other countries use proton beam therapy in most cases; most people should be treated with proton beam therapy.

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Travel and prostate cancer (January 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

Information for men with prostate cancer who are planning a holiday or travel abroad. It has tips to help prepare for the trip, including guidance on arranging travel insurance.

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time (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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Planning for your funeral (February 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet highlights things to consider if you want to plan ahead and make financial and other arrangements for your funeral. It looks at options when deciding what type of funeral you want, ways to pay for a funeral, and information about organ donation. It may be helpful for people arranging a funeral. 

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A guide for talking about advanced cancer. Advice for people living with advanced cancer, their friends and family (July 2019)

Advanced Cancers Coalition

This short guide has been designed to support conversations in advanced cancer. It explains why good communication matters and has tips to support productive conversations. It can be used on an ongoing basis to support you in either living with or knowing someone with advanced cancer. [The ACC is a coalition of UK cancer patient groups with a shared interest in delivering improvements in care and treatments for people with advanced cancer. The activity of the ACC is funded by Roche Products Limited.]

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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2019)

Age UK

This factsheet explains what an advance decision to refuse treatment (often called an advance decision or a ‘living will’) and an advance statement are, why people might want to prepare one or both of them, requirements for drawing them up and ways to ensure other people know they exist. 

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Cancer and relationships. Support for partners, families and friends (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping with your feelings when someone close to you has cancer. It is for anyone who is close to someone with cancer, including partners, family members and friends. This booklet replaces two booklets: Be there for someone facing cancer; and Coping when someone close to you has cancer. 

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Looking after someone with cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about looking after someone who has cancer. It explains: what it means to be a carer; who can help support you and the person you care for; the practical, emotional and financial issues you may face, and how to cope with them; ways you can help the person you care for manage symptoms or side effects; how to look after yourself.

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