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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.

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Understanding primary brain tumours (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about primary brain tumours. It is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumour. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains the signs and symptoms of a primary brain tumour, and how it is diagnosed and treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Talking about cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking about cancer. It is for anyone who has a cancer diagnosis. It explains: the benefits of talking about cancer; how to overcome the things that make talking difficult; how to deal with other people’s reactions. It also has practical tips for talking and asking for support.

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Work and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people with cancer cope with issues that they may face at work both during treatment and afterwards.

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How to do the bowel screening kit in Scotland (August 2019)

Cancer Research UK

A short, illustrated factsheet containing simple instructions and helpful hints on how to use a bowel screening kit. 

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Managing weight gain after cancer treatment (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people living with or after cancer who want to maintain a healthy weight. It explains how making changes to diet and levels of physical activity can help people lose weight and feel better. It does not include information about eating problems caused by cancer and its treatments, or advice if you have lost weight.

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Your feelings after cancer treatment (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have had cancer treatment. You may also find it helpful if you are having ongoing treatment to control cancer or prevent it returning. It describes some of the feelings you may have and suggests ways to cope with them. 

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Physical activity and cancer treatment (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has cancer or has had treatment for cancer and is thinking about becoming more physically active. It explains what physical activity is, its benefits and how to be safe when exercising. It also includes information about the types of activity you can do and how to get started.

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Understanding cancer of unknown primary (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information about cancer of unknown primary (CUP). This booklet explains what CUP is and why the primary cancer cannot be found, and describes how it is diagnosed, the tests that might be carried out, and the treatment options. It also covers coping with CUP, feelings, and financial help.

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What happens if blood is found in your poo? [Easy read] [Welsh] (August 2019)

Bowel Screening Wales

Easy read information on having a colonoscopy.

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Questions to ask about work and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet has questions you may need to ask about work issues if you are affected by cancer. It can help you find the information you need at every stage.

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Planning ahead for the end of life (Scotland) [in press] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Public Health Agency

This booklet is about some of the ways you can plan ahead and make choices about your future care if you live in Scotland. It is for anyone who wants to plan ahead, whether they have a serious illness or not. Planning for your future care is also called advance care planning. It is important in case you ever become unable to make choices yourself. The booklet talks about the ways you can plan ahead, for example writing a will, or making a power of attorney or an advance directive. It also tells you how to talk about planning ahead with your family, friends and health and social care professionals.

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Your step by step guide to making a will (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet is a guide to making or updating your will. It is for anyone affected by cancer. It also explains how inheritance tax works, and who to contact for more information and support. 

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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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Cancer and pregnancy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|Mummy's Star

This booklet is for women who have been diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy. It explains the emotional and practical issues you may experience in this situation. It also talks about the treatment you may have and support that will be available to you. 

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for men (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatments can affect your fertility. It is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment. It has information about preserving fertility, testing fertility, fertility treatments to start a pregnancy and other options for having a child. This information is for you whether you are in a relationship or not and whatever your sexual orientation. 

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Planning ahead for the end of life. England and Wales (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about some of the ways you can plan ahead and make choices about your future care if you live in England or Wales. It is for anyone who wants to plan ahead, whether they have a serious illness or not. 

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Managing breathlessness (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. It includes information about breathing and relaxation exercises, treatments, practical tips for everyday living and a list of useful contacts for further information and support. It also includes a copy of the 'Relax and breathe' CD.

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How to stop smoking. It's never too late to quit (February 2019)

British Lung Foundation

This booklet explains the benefits of stopping smoking and the steps you can take to quit. It will help you improve your health and quality of life for the future. 

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Understanding primary bone cancer (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet provides information about primary bone cancer, including the different types, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. It also explores emotions, and issues such as living with an amputation. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources such as websites.

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Feel more like you. Expert advice on caring for your skin, nails and hair during cancer treatment (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how certain cancer treatments can cause changes to your appearance. It is for people who have had changes to their skin, nails and hair because of cancer treatment. It gives advice on how to manage these changes to help you feel more like you again. We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have. 

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Coping with advanced cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who have cancer that has come back or spread. This is sometimes called advanced cancer. It looks at some of the concerns you may be dealing with and has advice about ways of coping. It also talks about treatments and your feelings and has practical information about getting help and support.

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Breast screening explained [Welsh] (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

This leaflet has information about the accuracy, advantages and disadvantages of breast screening, what it is, why it is important; who is screened; what to wear, and what happens during the procedure and afterwards. It also answers common questions that women may have.

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What is cancer? (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

This booklet uses easy words and pictures to help you get information about cancer.

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How are you feeling? The emotional effects of cancer (February 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Having cancer affects all areas of your life, including the way you feel. This booklet is about the main emotions that many people with cancer have. This may be after diagnosis, during treatment or after treatment has ended.

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Reasons why you need another test (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

Information about the tests that may be offered if changes in the breeast have been detected by routine screening, such as specialised mammograms, breast examination, ultrasound scans, or biopsy.

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Worrying about cancer coming back (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has had treatment to cure cancer and is worried about it coming back. It has suggestions to help you manage your worries, uncertainties and fears, including how to get more support.

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Understanding stomach cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. It talks about the signs and symptoms of stomach cancer and explains how it is diagnosed and how it may be treated. It also has information about emotional, practical and financial issues. 

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Exercise (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about different ways you can exercise.  

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Reasons why you need another test [Welsh] (May 2019)

Breast Test Wales

Information about the tests that may be offered if changes in the breeast have been detected by routine screening, such as specialised mammograms, breast examination, ultrasound scans, or biopsy.

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Signs of cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the main symptoms of cancer to look out for. You should see your doctor if you have any of these. The booklet also talks about bowel screening (the FOB test). 

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Spotting cancer early saves lives [Easy read] (February 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet tells you about some of the signs of cancer and what to look out for. It also gives tips on seeing your doctor and information about screening. 

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Understanding melanoma. Lymph node assessment and treatment (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes. 

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Be there for someone facing cancer (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is for you if you are supporting a friend, family member or partner who has cancer. You probably want to help, but you might not know what you can do. This leaflet talks about the different stages of having cancer to help you understand what your friend, family member or partner is going through. We explain diagnosis, treatment and what happens after treatment. Each section has practical tips on how you can support the other person and suggestions for how to talk to them about what they are going through. 

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How to try to not get cancer [Easy read] (February 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet tells you about some of the things you can do to try to not get cancer. 

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Understanding melanoma that has come back in the same area (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for people whose melanoma has come back in the same area (a local recurrence or recurrent melanoma).

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Screening for cancer (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what screening is and why it is important. 

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Questions for carers to ask about work and cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This leaflet has questions you may need to ask about work issues if you are a working carer. A working carer is anyone who works while providing unpaid support to a partner, family member or friend with cancer, who could not manage without this support.

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A guide for the end of life [in press] (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what happens at the end of someone’s life and how to plan for it. It is for anyone nearing the end of life. There is also information for people caring for someone nearing the end of life.

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Understanding melanoma and treatment with surgery (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about a type of skin cancer called melanoma. It includes information about melanoma, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated with surgery. 

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Going home from hospital (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains how care and support is arranged for people with cancer when they are discharged from hospital.

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Managing your debt (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing your debt. It is for people with cancer and their partners, family, friends or carers. It could help if you are in debt now, or if you are worried that you may have debt in the future. It tells you who to contact for more information and support.

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Move more. Your guide to becoming more active (January 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health. Lots of people say physical activity helps them feel more like they did before cancer. It can also help you take back control. This is your step-by-step guide to becoming more active. Here you will find tips on choosing which activity to do and where to get support. If you have not been active for a while or are new to being active, this guide will help you set realistic and achievable goals. We have included some tips to help you get started, information on how to set goals and an activity diary to help you keep track of how you are doing.

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Stop smoking (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about smoking and tips for stopping.  

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Have safe sex (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to have safe sex.  

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Symptoms of cervical cancer (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer symptoms and when to see your doctor. 

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Body image and cancer (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on the body and suggests ways of dealing with these.

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Ten top tips for a healthy weight (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

Tips, based on scientific evidence, to help people control their weight by taking in fewer calories and using more energy. 

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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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Sex and relationships. Support for young people affected by cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about cancer, sex and relationships. It is for teenagers and young people who are having or have had cancer treatment. It may also help carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how cancer and cancer treatment may affect your relationships and sex life. It also gives information about coping with any changes and how to get more support.

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Your urgent referral explained [Welsh] (May 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet helps patients who have been urgently referred with suspected cancer to prepare for their appointments and tests. 

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