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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: 386

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A guide for people with cancer and dementia (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Dementia UK

Some people who have cancer also have dementia. Having both conditions can be difficult for you and the people close to you. The number of people living with both cancer and dementia is growing. We have written this booklet to give people information about living with both conditions and tell people where they may be able to get help.

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Fast facts: Ovarian cancer (2017)

Health Press

In the last few years there has been a revolutionary increase in our knowledge of ovarian cancer management, from detection and genetics to surgery and novel targeted treatment approaches. This means that when it comes to detecting, diagnosing and treating women who have, or are suspected of having, ovarian cancer, there are significant opportunities for the well-informed healthcare professional to intervene in a meaningful way. This resource offers a comprehensive overview of all levels of care, summarizing the most recent advances and putting them in a clinically meaningful context. It answers important questions such as when to operate and when to treat with various modalities, both conventional and novel. We have striven to capture the key knowledge that a busy healthcare professional caring for patients with ovarian cancer needs, in a refreshingly readable concise format. (Publisher)

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Living with cancer. A step-by-step guide for coping medically and emotionally with a serious diagnosis (2017)

Johns Hopkins University Press

The prospect of entering treatment is overwhelming for anyone facing a diagnosis of cancer. While patients have access to a vast amount of medical information online, this advice is often unreliable or confusing. In Living with Cancer, Drs. Vicki A. Jackson and David P. Ryan have crafted the first step-by-step guide aimed at helping people with this life-defining disease grasp what’s happening to them while coping physically and emotionally with cancer treatment. An empathetic resource full of relatable patient stories, this book teaches patients and caregivers how to ask the right questions to get the best possible care―beginning at the moment of diagnosis. Drs. Jackson and Ryan explain how to work with a team of doctors and nurse practitioners to minimize symptoms and side effects while living as fully as possible in the face of cancer. They relay important information about understanding prognosis, and they translate what doctors mean when they describe tests, treatments, and medical procedures. Finally, they discuss hospice care and answer questions about continuing treatment and managing the final phase of life. Based on new research and a groundbreaking program in which patients are treated with palliative care―along with the best cancer care―during the course of their illness, this honest and caring book provides the right advice to use at the right time throughout a journey with cancer. It allows a person with cancer to concentrate on living the best life possible, despite an uncertain future. Patients at every stage will find Living with Cancer a comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible guide for navigating the illness and its treatment. (Publisher)

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Flying home. Helping patients to arrange international travel (September 2017)

hospice information

This publication was originally written to help with arrangements for ‘final journeys’. However, much of the information also applies to those who would like to take a holiday when seriously ill.

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Managing symptoms at home. Palliative care information for families (February 2016)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet provides information about common symptoms, their causes and available treatments and includes suggestions for things parents and carers can do at home to help their child.

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Choosing where to die (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different places you can be looked after in the last few months, weeks or days of your life.  

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Getting ready to die (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about things you might want to think if you will not get better from cancer. For example, things you want to do before you die, people you want to see and things you want to remember and think about.  

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The end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens to your body and how you might feel during the last few days of life. 

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Thinking about your funeral (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what a funeral is and things you might want to plan for your funeral, such as the music or who should come. 

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Grief and loss when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what dying is, how you might feel if someone you love dies and where you can get support.  

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Who can help if you are dying (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different people who can support you if you are dying and what they can help with.  

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Going to a funeral when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what a funeral is, what might happen and other ways of remembering someone who has died.  

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If you are dying from cancer (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how you might feel if you find out your cancer cannot be cured. The booklet talks about things that might help and people who can support you.  

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How you may feel when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that explains grief and talks about the different emotions or changes you might experience if someone you love dies. There is also information about where to get support. 

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What can help you feel better when someone dies (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about coping with grief and things that can help you. 

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Spirituality and religion at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet that talks about the role religion and faith may play at the end of life and other things that might help you feel spiritual. 

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Changes that can happen at the end of life (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about symptoms you might have with advanced cancer and things that can help. 

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Making decisions about the future if you are dying (2016)

CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to plan for your future, including making an Advance Care Plan.  

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Patient guide to brain tumour treatment and services (2016)

The Brain Tumour Charity

Finding out that you have a brain tumour is a frightening and overwhelming experience for anyone. You may feel as though your whole world has been turned upside down. This booklet aims to guide you through the system, answer your questions, and outlines some basic aspects of care that everyone should expect when they’re diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

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End of life: a guide. A booklet for people in the final stages of life, and their carers [Audio CD] (2015)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook explains what happens at the end of life and how to plan for it. It gives information about issues such as choosing where to be looked after, sorting out unfinished business, getting financial help, who can help if you’re being cared for at home and what to expect in the last few days of life. It also includes information for your relatives and close friends who may be involved in your care. 

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Radiotherapy after breast surgery. A guide for patients and their families (February 2020)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

This booklet explains what radiotherapy is, when it will begin, in-patient and outpatient treatment, how treatment is planned, what happens during treatment, possible side-effects, and what happens when treatment ends. It also has sources of further information and support.

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Caring for someone who has lymphoma (February 2020)

Lymphoma Action

A carer is someone who looks after a person with an illness or disability without getting paid for it. You are a carer if you’re looking after a relative or a friend with lymphoma. This factsheet outlines the kind of help a carer might provide and lists sources of specialist support available to carers. Contents: Am I a carer?; Offering emotional support; Offering practical support; What if someone doesn’t accept help?; Emotional impact of being a carer; Emotional support for you as a care; Practical support for you as a carer.

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Breast cancer in younger women (March 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This booklet explores the feelings and experiences of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer, covering topics such as treatment, physical effects, relationships, finding support, and practical issues. Individual women share their thoughts and experiences.

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Things to do before you die (2020)

Hospice UK|Dying Matters

Things to think through so that you and your loved ones will have fewer things to worry about when you are dying: make a will; make a funeral plan; start planning for your future care and support; kake your thoughts on organ donation known; manage your digital legacy; make sure your loved ones know your plans.

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Palbociclib with fulvestrant for treating hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer. Information for the public (January 2020)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Information about palbociclib (Ibrance), with fulvestrant, which is available through the Cancer Drugs Fund, and which may be used to treat hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer.

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Allogeneic stem cell transplants. A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

This booklet explains what an allogeneic stem cell transplant is and who receives one. It describes the procedure and what happens on transplant day, the side effects, graft-versus-host dsease, and what happens if the transplant doesn’t work. It also has a glossary and details of useful contacts and further support.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Urdu] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Hindi] (September 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL). A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

Acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL) is a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). This booklet explains it what it is, and describes the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. It also covers practical issues of living with APL and how to talk to your haematologist, family and friends.

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Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills (April 2020)

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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Know your breasts. A quick guide to being breast aware [Bengali] (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet uses illustrations to show women how to check their breasts and the changes to look for.

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FLAG-Ida for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). A guide for patients (January 2020)

Leukaemia Care

FLAG-Ida is a combination chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). It consists of fludarabine, high dose cytarabine (Ara-C0), idarubicin and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). This booklet explains the drugs, who may be eligible to receive this treatment, how FLAG-Ida is given, and the possible side-effects. Includes a glossary and details of further support and information.

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Your guide to cervical cancer (March 2020)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A guide for women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and those who care about them.  

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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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Holistic needs assessment. Planning your care and support (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA). An HNA identifies any concerns you may have when you are diagnosed with cancer. These may be physical, emotional, practical, financial and spiritual. The leaflet talks about what happens at an HNA and has information about making a care plan. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Northern Ireland (October 2020)

Carers Northern Ireland

Guidance and advice for carers in Northern Ireland. This guide is designed to outline the support available and your rights as a carer. 

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Wales (October 2020)

Carers Wales

Guidance and advice for carers in Wales. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in England (October 2020)

Carers UK

This guide is designed to outline your rights as a carer and give an overview of the support available.

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Looking after someone. Information and support for carers in Scotland (October 2020)

Carers Scotland

Guidance and advice for carers in Scotland. This guide sets out what rights carers have and how they can get financial and practical help and support.

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Secondary breast cancer in the brain (August 2020)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the brain that has spread from the breast. It describes what secondary breast cancer in the brain is, what the symptoms are, and the investigations. Briefly outlines the treatment options. Lists useful organisations.

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Help with the cost of cancer in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (March 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about getting benefits and other financial help if you are affected by cancer in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. It is for anyone living with cancer and their family, friends and carers. It explains the types of financial help you could get and how to claim this support. It also tells you who to contact for further help, including Macmillan’s welfare rights advisers.

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A guide for prisoners at the end of life (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for you if you may die in prison from a serious illness. It explains what might happen, how you may feel and what support is there to help you. There is some information about what will happen after your death and the support available for any family members and friends.

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Life after cancer treatment (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about coping after cancer treatment finishes, including managing side effects, follow-up care, and making healthy lifestyle changes. It is for people who are preparing for life after cancer treatment. 

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What to do after cancer treatment ends: 10 top tips (July 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is about what to expect and where to get further support after cancer treatment ends. It gives suggestions to help you get the best care and support available and make healthy lifestyle choices. 

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Travel and cancer (January 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about travelling abroad when you have cancer. There is also information for family, friends and carers. The booklet talks about the benefits of travel and how you can prepare for a trip abroad. It also gives tips on finding travel insurance and taking care while you are away. Includes details of useful organisations.

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Understanding primary liver cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma or hepatoma (June 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about the most common type of primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with primary liver cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of primary liver cancer. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about controlling symptoms and coping with emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Understanding secondary cancer in the liver (June 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about secondary cancer in the liver. This is cancer that has spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with secondary cancer in the liver. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet talks about the signs and symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver. It explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about controlling symptoms and coping with emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Eating – help yourself. A guide for patients and their carers (February 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Eating may be a problem for people with cancer or other illnesses, particularly when undergoing treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. This booklet has advice on how to eat well when trying to cope with loss of appetite, changes in taste, dry mouth, difficulties swallowing, feeling full, nausea, diarrhoea, and constipation. It has tips on how to make food as nourishing as possible and ideas for snacks and drinks.

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Eating a regular, easy to chew diet. For patients experiencing pain on swallowing or difficulty eating a normal, textured diet (March 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Some illnesses or treatments may make swallowing difficult. This booklet has ideas on how to prepare soft or liquidised foods and how to make food more nourishing by enriching it with dairy produce, fats, sugars and fortified milk. Includes meal suggestions.

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Mouth care (March 2019)

Myeloma UK

People with myeloma can develop sore (mucositis) or dry mouths. This factsheet explains the reasons why this may occur and describes the symptoms of mucositis and oral thrush, prevention and treatment. Includes tips for self-management.

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