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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: 1438

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Visiting hospital (2019)

BUPA

This booklet explains types of treatment and some of the health professionals who are helping people with cancer to get better. 

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What does it mean? (2019)

BUPA

This booklet explains what cancer is and explores some common worries and feelings that children may have - reassuring them that however they react, it’s ok.

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Life at home (2019)

BUPA

This booklet looks at some of the side-effects of different types of cancer treatments. It also offers ideas for small ways children may like to help out at home.  

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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 with a lung condition. Information for carers, family and friends (November 2018)

British Lung Foundation

Information and support for those caring for someone with a lung condition (not specifically lung cancer).

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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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Where to get help. A guide to services (November 2019)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Although designed primarily for people having treatment at the Christie Hospital, this booklet is relevant to anyone with cancer. It describes the emotional support, palliative care, and financial help available. It has a list of national support groups and also support groups in the northwest.

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Prostate biopsy results: PIN and ASAP (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

A factsheet for men who have been diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intrapeithelial neoplasia (PIN) or atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) after having a prostate biopsy. It explains what ASAP and 'high-grade' PIN are and how they might be monitored.

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Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer. A guide for patients and carers (February 2016)

Christie Hospital NHS Trust

Advice about what to eat and what not to eat following treatment. 

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The symptoms of ovarian cancer (March 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

This video describes the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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HPV testing (March 2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

HPV (human papillomavirus) testing has been introduced in the UK as part of the National Cervical Screening Programme. This booklet describes what HPV is, how it is transmitted, how the test is carried out and what happens if the result is positive.

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High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) (August 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how high intensity focused ultrasound may be used to treat prostate cancer, who can have it, the advantages and disadvantages, what the treatment involves, and the possible side effects.

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My brother or sister has cancer. A children's guide to coping with cancer (May 2020)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This illustrated booklet tells the story of siblings Tom and Jess, whose little brother Ben has cancer. It describes how they cope with the illness and the changes it brings. It is aimed at children under nine.

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Anna loses her hair. A children’s guide to hair loss as a result of cancer treatment (April 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Hair loss is a common side effect of treatment for childhood cancer, but its impact can be significant. This animation tells the story of Anna, Jack and Laura who all lose their hair while having treatment for cancer and helps young children to understand what might happen.

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Bisphosphonates for advanced prostate cancer (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

Bisphosphonates are a group of drugs that can be used to treat prostate cancer that has spread to the bones (advanced prostate cancer). This factsheet describes how bisphosphonates work, the advantages and disadvantages, what treatment involves and the possible side effects.

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The smear test film (2014)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

'The Smear Test Film' is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer and help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

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Primary bone cancer. An overview of the disease, diagnosis and treatment (February 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This factsheet describes primary bone caner, the types, who it affects, symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, and rehabitation and support.

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Abbie has osteosarcoma. A guide for children (December 2018)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

Abbie Has Osteosarcoma is written for parents, carers and healthcare professionals to read with children to help them understand about their osteosarcoma and its treatment. 

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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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Chemotherapy (August 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer, the advantages and disadvantages, what it involves, the possible side effects and what happens after treatment finishes.

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A step-by-step guide for patients (February 2018)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

A step-by-step guide to being diagnosed with primary bone camcer. It covers diagnosis, treatment, coping with side effects, living with and after primary bone cancer, and support. There is also space to record contact details for your medical team, and details of appointments

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Your guide to cervical screening (smear test) (June 2015)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Every day eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three die from the disease. Yet cervical cancer is largely preventable thanks to the NHS cervical screening programme and HPV vaccination programme. In the UK 22% of UK women do not attend their cervical screening (smear test) invitation. This short film aims to give you more information about smear tests: what the test is for and what will happen during the test. It also has information on Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which is the main cause of cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. The DVD (£5.00) includes versions in Arabic, Bengali Standard, Bengali Sylheti, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Tamil, and Urdu. You can also watch all versions online.

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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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The cancer guide [Audio CD] (August 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which is designed to inform people affected by cancer about cancer treatment and care. It explains the different stages that people go through when they have cancer, the roles of various cancer care professionals, and how to get additional support and information.

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There's something I've been dying to tell you (2014)

Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)

In 2013 Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Having kept the details of her illness private, now for the very first time Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. Having been told that she only has a matter of months left to live and writing this in what will be her final days, There's something I’ve been dying to tell you is a brave and brutally honest memoir and yet Lynda also manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour, bringing light to a very dark time. Woven into this very moving and brave story are extraordinary, colourful tales of her acting and family life that will enlighten and entertain as well as the journey that Lynda has taken to find the family of her birth father having already suffered heartache in her search for her birth mother. In the search for her father's family, Lynda finds a family with a history in entertainment showing that acting was always in the blood. Lynda Bellingham was a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the page in vivid detail. Lynda's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too and ultimately the way Lynda tells her life story will serve as a great inspiration. (Publisher)

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The cancer survivor's companion. Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer (2013)

Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group)

Coping with life after cancer can be tough. The idea that the end of successful treatment brings relief and peace just isn't true for countless survivors. Many feel unexpectedly alone, worried and adrift. You're supposed to be getting your life 'back on track' but your life has changed. You have changed. With reassurance and understanding, Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins help readers deal with the emotional fallout of cancer whether it's days, months or years since the treatment ended. Drawing on Dr Goodhart's extensive experience working in the NHS with cancer survivors, this guide is packed with practical and simple self-help tools to tackle issues such as worry and anxiety, depression and low mood, anger, low self-esteem and body image, relationships and sex, fatigue, sleep and relaxation. If you are a cancer survivor, this book will support you every step of the way. If you are supporting a loved one, friend, colleague or your patient, this is a vital read. Winner of the 2012 Best Health Book category in the Guild of Health Writers Awards and highly commended in the Popular Medicine category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 this is the first UK book to look in depth at cancer survivorship and its emotional fallout. Government statistics indicate around 2 million people in the UK survive for at least 5 years post diagnosis and this figure is set to increase. This book will be an invaluable resource. (Publisher)

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Understanding lymphoedema [Audio CD] (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook is about lymphoedema caused by cancer or cancer treatments. It describes what lymphoedema is and discusses its physical effects and treatments, as well as how to prevent it. It also has information about diet and emotional issues, particularly the impact of lymphoedema on body image and sexuality. 

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Relax and breathe [Audio CD] (2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audio CD aims to help people learn to manage breathlessness. Track 1: Coping with shortness of breath; Track 2: Introduction and preparation for Relax and Breathe; Track 3: Relaxation exercise 1; Track 4: Relaxation exercise 2. 

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Oesophagogastric cancer. The patient’s pathway [Based on the St Thomas’ Hospital Pathway] (2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

A guide to the patient pathway following diagnosis of oesophageal or stomach cancer. It is based on the pathway at St Thomas’ Hospital in London but treatment is standardised across the UK. 

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Your guide to osteosarcoma (December 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This booklet for children and young people explains what cancer is, and describes the different types of bone cancer and how osteosarcoma is treated. It also covers topics such as body image and what happens after treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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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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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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Urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment (January 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate cancer and its treatment can be a cause of urinary problems. This factsheet describes how different treatments cause these problems and ways to manage them. It includes information on pelvic floor exercises and continence products as well as surgical treatments.

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Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR). An easy read guide (March 2016)

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This leaflet explains what happens when we die, what CPR is and what to do if you decide you do not want CPR.

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Watchful waiting (April 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who would like to know more about watchful waiting.

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Active surveillance (March 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This fact sheet is for men who want to know more about active surveillance, which is a way of monitoring localised (early) prostate cancer rather than treating it straight away. 

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Your guide to Ewing sarcoma (December 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

This booklet for children and young people explains what cancer is, and describes the different types of bone cancer and how Ewing sarcoma is treated. It also covers topics such as body image and what happens after treatment. Includes a glossary of medical terms.

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Understanding chemotherapy [Audio CD] (November 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which describes chemotherapy in detail, what it is, why and when it is given, how it is given, and the most common side-effects. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as books and websites, and a list of questions to ask about treatment.

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The facts about HPV (2017)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

A short film about HPV to dispel some of the myths surrounding the virus. It is hoped that it will help more people understand what the virus is, who can get it, how it can affect them, and what they can do to best protect themselves from cervical cancer. 

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Cryotherapy (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how cryotherapy treats prostate cancer, what it involves, and the possible side effects.

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Understanding rectal cancer [Audio CD] (2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This audiobook explains rectal cancer, covering causes and symptoms, diagnosis, staging and grading, treatments and clinical trials. It also looks at emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Hormone therapy (June 2016)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they are used and their possible side effects.

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Understanding cervical cancer [Audio CD] (2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Audio CD of the booklet, which describes cancer of the cervix, how it develops, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, further tests following diagnosis, and the treatment options. It also explores the emotional aspects. Includes details of the financial help and benefits available, useful organisations and resources such as books and websites.

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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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Sex and prostate cancer (June 2017)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet describes how prostate cancer and its treatment can affect sexuality and fertility. It covers the available treatments for erectile dysfunction and sources of help and support.

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Harry has an operation. A guide for children with bone sarcoma (October 2017)

Bone Cancer Research Trust

Harry has an Operation is written for parents, carers and healthcare professionals to read with children in order to help them understand their sarcoma and its treatment. It has been produced especially for young patients who require limb-sparing surgery or amputation. 

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No stomach. A guide for patients by patients (February 2017)

GIST Support UK

Although this booklet has been written mainly for patients suffering from a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST), other patients who have had a total gastrectomy may also find it helpful. It describes how the gastrointestinal tract works, what happens if you have no stomach and the problems that may arise after surgery and later.

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When someone has died - advice for those who are left behind. A guide for people with learning difficulties and their carers. (2014)

Family Advice and Information Resource

This booklet is for people with learning difficulties. Using illustrations and simple language it explains what needs to be done after someone dies. It also covers bereavement.

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Notes for a carer (2017)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Advice and support for people caring for someone with oesophageal cancer.

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