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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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Working while caring for someone with cancer (April 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help working carers cope with work issues they may face because of the impact of their caring role on working life. It describes who a carer is, the different ways of caring, and the impact of cancer treatment on the working carer. It has advice about what to say at work, talking to employers, the legal rights of carers in paid work, social care, financial support, and bereavement. Includes details of useful organisations and websites.

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Managing cancer pain (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help people understand more about cancer pain and the wide range of medical and complementary treatments available for controlling it. It describes pain and its possible causes, before covering individual methods of pain control. It includes a section on how to describe pain, a pullout pain diary, information about sources of support, and lists of useful organisation and websites.

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Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). A guide for patients (September 2019)

Leukaemia Care

Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare cancer of the bone marrow. It was previously known as natural killer (NK) cell leukaemia. This booklet explains what it is, and describes the causes, who it affects, what symptoms to expect, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options. It also covers everyday life, managing your emotions, how to talk to your doctor and family and friends, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care. Includes a glossary and details of further support.  

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Talking with someone who has cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about talking with someone who has cancer. It is for anyone who wants to support someone with cancer, including carers, family members and friends. The booklet explains how to talk to and support someone who has cancer.  

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Symptoms of prostate cancer (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about prostate cancer and symptoms to look out for. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Arabic] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Punjabi] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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HPV vaccination. Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce your risk of cancer (June 2019)

Public Health England

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over ten years. From September 2019, the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This leaflet explains why it is given, how HPV spreads, and the impact of the vaccine to date.

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Understanding advanced melanoma (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains melanoma that has spread to another area (advanced or metastatic melanoma). It describes advanced melanoma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and the treatment options. It also discusses coping with the symptoms of advanced melanoma and the side effects of treatment, feelings and emotions and lists further sources of support.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Urdu] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Farsi] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Portuguese] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Sorting out your financial affairs (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people affected by cancer who want to plan ahead. It can help you make choices about what will happen to your money and belongings. By planning ahead, you can save family or friends from tough decisions or financial difficulties in the future. This booklet also explains how to arrange for someone to help you if you become unable to look after your finances. 

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Understanding breast screening (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet aims to help women understand why breast screening is carried out, the methods used, and what happens if an abnormality is detected. The advantages of screening as well as the difficulties are described. Includes details of useful organisations and other resources.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Bengali] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Gujarati] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Polish] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Having a biopsy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about the different types of biopsy and what happens.  

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Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer (May 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is designed to help people talk to children and teenagers about cancer. It has suggestions about how to tell a child or teenager that you have cancer, understand their reactions, help them cope, explain cancer treatments, and deal with changes to family life.

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Bowel cancer screening. An easy guide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet uses illustrations to explain the bowel screening test.

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Cancer and your sex life (June 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life. It is for anyone who needs information about this before, during or after cancer treatment. This information is for you whether or not you are in a relationship or having sex. We hope you find it helpful whatever your sexual orientation or gender. 

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Simplified] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Cervical screening (August 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about cervical cancer and what happens during cervical screening (a smear test).  

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide [Chinese, Traditional] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Drink less alcohol (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about alcohol and how many units are in different drinks. 

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Cancer treatment and fertility. Information for women (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for anyone who needs information about how cancer and its treatments can affect fertility. It explains how cancer treatments can affect fertility, how fertility can be preserved before cancer treatment, how fertility can be tested after treatment, options for fertility treatment to start a pregnancy, and other options for having a child. This booklet is for anyone who needs information on this before, during or after cancer treatment.

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You can be smoke free (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

Information on smoking and giving up for good.

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NHS bowel cancer screening. Helping you decide (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet aims to help people decide if they want to take part in bowel screening. It explains why bowel screening is offered, who is invited to take part, how bowel screening works, how to use the FIT kit, the results and what happens if a further test (colonoscopy) is needed, and the possible risks and benefits of screening. It also describes the risks of developing bowel cancer and how to reduce the risk.

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Managing your energy costs (September 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet has information about what to do about energy bills during cancer treatment. It explains how to look for cheaper alternatives, about government grants, payments and schemes that may help, the changes to make at home, and other support services available.

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Bowel scope screening (September 2019)

Public Health England

Information to help people decide if they want to take up an invitation for bowel scope screening.

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Planning and managing your finances (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about planning and managing your finances. Having cancer can mean you have extra costs, and affect how much money you have coming in (your income). This booklet can help you plan for these changes and manage your money. It is for anyone who wants to manage their spending, bills or bank accounts better, or is thinking of borrowing money.

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Having an x-ray (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about different types of scans and x-rays and what might happen at the hospital. 

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Having a CT scan (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during a CT scan. 

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Having an ultrasound (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens during an ultrasound scan. 

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Having an endoscopy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens before, during and after en endoscopy. 

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Having a colonoscopy (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about what happens before, during and after a colonoscopy.  

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [French] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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Housing costs (October 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing your housing costs if you are affected by cancer. These costs could include mortgage payments or rent. It gives tips on talking to your mortgage lender or landlord, applying for benefits and getting help with energy bills. 

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show.

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [Gujarati] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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Eat a healthy diet (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about what a healthy diet is and foods to avoid. 

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [Polish] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [Portuguese] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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Breast implants and breast screening (September 2019)

Public Health England

Guidance for women with breast implants who are having a mammogram.

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NHS bowel scope screening: using the enema (October 2019)

Public Health England

Instructions on how to use the enema before attending for bowel scope screening.

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [Arabic] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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NHS Breast Screening Programme. Breast screening for women with a higher risk of breast cancer (January 2019)

Public Health England

A factsheet for women who have been assessed as being more at risk of developing breast cancer than women in the general population.

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Having an MRI scan (November 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet explaining what happens before and during an MRI scan. 

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Be safe in the sun (July 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support|CHANGE

An easy read booklet about how to reduce your risk of cancer. This booklet talks about how to be safe in the sun.  

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NHS cervical screening. Having a colposcopy [Bengali] (June 2019)

Public Health England

This leaflet explains what a colposcopy is, why a further examination is necessary, what happens before, during, and after the examination, and what the examination will show. 

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