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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: 1748

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Keeping active. The benefits of regular movement (August 2018)

Marie Curie

Keeping active can help to reduce some of the effects of being ill, such as stress, pain and fatigue. This leaflet includes information about why we need to stay active, types of exercise (including for wheelchair users) and how to exercise safely. 

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Helping your child to eat well during cancer treatment. A practical information guide for parents and families of a child or young person with cancer (October 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children with cancer may experience problems with eating and drinking at some stage. This can be due to the cancer or its treatment. This booklet has ideas on helping children with a poor appetite and other eating problems.

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Focus on mouth cancer (September 2018)

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

This leaflet has facts about mouth cancer and describes the symptoms, who is at risk and how to reduce the risk. 

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Chemotherapy for breast cancer (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes chemotherapy and explains how and when it might be used to treat breast cancer, and the possible side-effects. It also discusses issues such as fertility and contraception, and coping with chemotherapy.

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Menopausal symptoms and breast cancer (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

A booklet for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment. It has advice on treatments (prescription drugs and complementary therapies) and practical measures for coping with hot flushes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, mood swings, joint pain and risk of osteoporosis. Includes details of further support.

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Your smear test results [Urdu] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Barrett's oesophagus (2018)

Guts UK

This leaflet describes Barrett's oesophagus, how it is caused, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Your smear test results [Easy read] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Easy read information for women about what happens after their cervical screening test, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Chemo brain (cancer-related cognitive impairment) (April 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes what cancer-related cognitive disorder is, who gets it, the causes, signs, how it is assessed and treated, and how to cope with it.

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Physical activity. Evidence-based information to help you self-manage your cancer experience (2018)

Penny Brohn UK

This evidence-based information sheet aims to provide clearly sourced and reliable information to help you make informed choices about physical exercise in general and a range of exercises on offer at Penny Brohn UK’s National Centre to support people with cancer. 

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Working with your medical team (2018)

AMEND (Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders)

This booklet explores what the ideal medical team for MEN may look like, how you can tell if you are being cared for by an expert medical centre, and how to become an effective part of the team who are helping to keep you in the best health possible. 

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Your smear test results [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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Prostate cancer. Is it in the family? Is it time to check it out? (December 2018)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet describes the risk factors for prostate cancer. It explains what is meant by a risk factor and describes the risk factors and what to do. It also has information about the PSA test, prostate cancer screening, lifestyle changes to consider, and some facts about prostate cancer.

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Breast reconstruction (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for women considering breast reconstruction after breast surgery to treat breast cancer.

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Your guide to thyroid cancer [Polish] (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Jess's bone marrow donation. A children's guide to bone marrow donation (January 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

A colourful booklet for young children who are preparing to donate bone marrow. It explains what bone marrow is and describes what happens to Jess in hospital before, during and after the operation and when she goes home.

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Surgical menopause (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes treatment-induced menopause and offers advice about symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis.

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Medical terms explained (May 2018)

Ovacome

A glossary of medical terms that women with ovarian cancer may come across.

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Polyps in the bowel (2018)

Guts UK

Polyps are usually benign (non-cancerous) but some may eventually become malignant (cancerous). This leaflet explains what polyps are, what symptoms they may cause, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

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Invasive ductal breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of invasive ductal breast cancer. It describes what it is, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, the treatment options and coping with the diagnosis.

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Tubular breast cancer (January 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes tubular breast cancer, diagnosis, treatment options and coping with the condition.

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Clear cell carcinoma of the ovary (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet briefly describes clear cell carcinoma of the ovary: what it is; how it is treated; some side-effects of chemotherapy; and what happens after treatment has finished.

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Blocked bowel (May 2018)

Ovacome

A blocked bowel (or bowel obstruction) is a possible complication of ovarian cancer. This factsheet describes how a low fibre (fibre-restricted) diet may help.

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What happens if you are diagnosed (May 2018)

Ovacome

A checklist of questions for women with ovarian cancer to ask their doctor. It is divided into sections such as: What can I expect to happen now?; At your appointment; What if I have ovarian cancer?; My treatment has finished. Now what?. It also has advice on how women can help themselves; for example, talking to others, support groups, and counselling.

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Chemotherapy (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information about the chemotherapy drugs commonly used to treat ovarian cancer. It covers: What chemotherapy will I need?; Having treatment; Chemotherapy side effects; Treatment with Carboplatin; Treatment with Taxol; Caelyx; Caring for yourself when you are having chemotherapy.

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Borderline ovarian tumours (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet explains what is meant by borderline ovarian cancer and the three situations that might cause concern or uncertainty: borderline ovarian tumours that have spread beyond the ovary (non-invasive and invasive implants); mucinous borderline tumours; stage-1 borderline ovarian tumours in young women treated with limited surgery.

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Tamoxifen (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet explains what tamoxifen is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, the benefits, and possible side-effects.

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10 ways to protect yourself against cancer (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund

A comprehensive guide to the World Cancer Research Fund's Cancer Prevention Recommendations, packed with tips on simple changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle that will help reduce your risk of cancer. 

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Pelvic radiation disease (2018)

Guts UK

Pelvic radiation disease is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that can arise after radiotherapy treatment to the abdomen or pelvis for cancers such as cervical, prostate, bladder and bowel cancers. This leaflet describes the causes, symptoms, how it is diagnosed, the treatment options, and the impact.

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Rare ovarian tumours (May 2018)

Ovacome

This factsheet describes some of the rarer ovarian cancers and how they may be treated, namely: germ cell tumours; sex-cord stromal tumours (granulosa cell tumour and Sertoli-Leydig cell tumours); small-cell carcinoma of the ovary; Brenner tumours; and Krukenberg tumours.

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Managing pain. A guide for people living with a terminal illness and their carers (May 2018)

Marie Curie

If you’re living with a terminal illness, or caring for someone who is, you may be worried about pain. This booklet explains what causes pain and how it can be effectively managed. 

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Searching for information and support online. Help and advice for parents and families of children, teenagers and young adults with cancer (December 2018)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The huge amount of information online can be overwhelming, and sometimes conflicting, causing even more worry and stress. It is important that parents make sure that health information is filtered and gathered from reliable, easy to understand sources. As a parent or carer of a newly-diagnosed child, you may not feel confident when searching through cancer information. This leaflet offers advice and tips on where to start and what to look for.

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Capecitabine (Xeloda) (March 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains briefly what capecitabine (Xeloda®) is, when it may be prescribed, how it works, and possible side-effects.

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Ovarian suppression and breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This factsheet is written for women who have been offered ovarian ablation as a treatment for breast cancer. It explains what ovarian ablation is, how it is achieved (surgery, radiotherapy, or hormone manipulation), when it is used, and the possible side-effects. Includes a list of useful organisations.

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Testicular cancer. What you need to know (April 2018)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This booklet aims to increase men's awareness about testicular health in general as well as provide support for men who have been diagnosed and are being treated for testicular cancer.

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Lymphoma drug development, approval and funding (October 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet explains why drug development takes so long, why drugs are so expensive and how you can find out if a drug might be funded on the NHS. 

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Diet and physical activity for men with prostate cancer (May 2018)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to improve their health and wellbeing. It describes how a healthy diet and regular exercise may help men manage the impact of prostate cancer and its treatment. It does not cover eating problems caused by prostate cancer and its treatment.

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Ovarian cancer, sex and intimacy (June 2018)

Target Ovarian Cancer

A diagnosis of ovarian cancer and the resulting treatment can cause emotional and physical diculties which can impact on your sexuality, sex life and relationships. This booklet discusses what physical and emotional issues you may face and how you can seek help and support.

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Having a smear test. What is it about? [Easy read] (July 2018)

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

An easy read guide for women thinking about having a smear test.

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Breast cancer and you: coping with diagnosis, treatment and the future (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is for anyone who is dealing with a diagnosis of primary breast cancer and its treatment. It discusses the emotions that may arise, how to tell other people, how to find out more, making decisions about treatment, and the effects of treatment, and looks ahead to the time when treatment is finished.

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Paget's disease of the breast (August 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet discusses the main aspects of Paget's disease of the breast, including what it is, the signs and symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and the treatment options.

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Make time for breast screening [Urdu] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Complementary therapies, relaxation and wellbeing (February 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about relaxation and wellbeing during and after breast cancer treatment. It looks at complementary therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki and massage. It also describes some popular relaxation techniques, including meditation and mindfulness, and has information on yoga, Thai Chi and Chi Gung. It discusses why people might use these complementary therapies and relaxation techniques after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and what they may need to think about before trying them. It also explains what herbal medicines and homeopathy are. 

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Patient guide. End of life care (July 2018)

Brainstrust

One in a series of eight leaflets that form the Brain Tumour Patient Guide.

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Make time for breast screening [Arabic] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Moving forward: for people living with and beyond a diagnosis of primary breast cancer (November 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This book is designed to help you move forward after breast cancer. From signs and symptoms of recurrence to dealing with fatigue and financial issues, it offers practical solutions and sources of further support. Whether you have just reached the end of your treatment or your diagnosis of breast cancer was several years ago, this book is for you.

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Make time for breast screening [Polish] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains what breast screening is, who is offered screening, the benefits and disadvantages of screening, what happens before, during, and after screening, and what it means to be called back. Includes breast awareness advice. Concludes with answers to questions that women may ask.

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Talking with your children about breast cancer (June 2018)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet explains what children of different ages can understand about a serious illness such as cancer and how they may respond to the news that someone in the family has breast cancer. Individual parents describe their experiences and the booklet has advice on what, when and how to tell children about the diagnosis.

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Your guide to thyroid cancer (2018)

British Thyroid Foundation

This leaflet describes cancer of the thyroid, the main types, the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

Cover image of 'Your smear test results [Chinese, Traditional]'

Your smear test results [Chinese, Traditional] (2018)

NHS Health Scotland

Information for women about their cervical screening test results, including: the letters that may be received; what happens at the colposcopy clinic; treatment; what causes changes in the cervix.

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