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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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Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) (February 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

This factsheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. It explains what metastatic spinal cord compression is and describes the risk of developing it, the symptoms and the treatment options.

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Clinical trials (January 2019)

Kidney Cancer UK

Factsheet with information about clinical trials. It describes the different phases of trials, who conducts trials and where they take place and has advice about deciding whether to participate.

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Clinical diagnosis (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet has information about how testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated, including prosthesis and possible complications, and care after surgery. It also describes staging and the different types of testicular cancer.

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Stem cell transplant. A guide to donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplantation for teenagers and young adults (February 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This guide describes stem cells and explains what a stem cell transplantation is, why it might be necessary, and the different types of transplants. It also describes the process of finding a donor, the pre-transplant operation, the transplant team, what to bring to hospital, preparing to receive a bone marrow transplant, what happens during the transplant and afterwards, the side-effects, getting ready to go home and getting back to normal. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary.

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people returning to school after a diagnosis of cancer'

Supporting your pupil after a cancer diagnosis. An information guide for teachers helping children and young people returning to school after a diagnosis of cancer (December 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Getting back to school is vital for children with cancer. School helps them to feel ‘normal’ and reduces the isolation and loneliness which many children with cancer face. Teachers have a really important role to play in encouraging the child’s integration back into a school routine. But cancer is a scary word for many and it is completely normal for teachers and others working at the school to feel upset – not just for the awful situation facing the pupil and their family, but also for the impact on the rest of the class and school community. This guide aims to lessen some of the worries you may have by giving simple practical information and advice on a variety of issues faced by the child and their family, and some ideas on how to help them within a school setting.

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Planning ahead. Thinking about your care and wishes ahead of time (July 2019)

Marie Curie

You may not feel like planning when you’re ill, but thinking about the future now and making your wishes known will help you feel more in control. It can also help those close to you handle your affairs if you aren’t able to. This booklet has information about some of the things you might want to think about, like deciding where and how you want to be cared for, or making a Will. 

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Urdu] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Zoledronic acid for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

Zoledronic acid is a drug that’s given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. This booklet explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause.

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Recipes for when food is a problem (September 2019)

The Oesophageal Patients Association

Recipes and tips for people with oesophageal cancer who are having problems eating.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Polish] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Relaxation techniques. Evidence-based information to help you self-manage your cancer experience (2019)

Penny Brohn UK

This evidence-based information sheet aims to provide clearly sourced and reliable information to help you make informed choices about the range of relaxation techniques on offer to support people with cancer. 

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Arabic] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Colostomy irrigation. An introduction (July 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains the advantages and disadvantages of colostomy irrigation as an alternative to a stoma pouch. It describes who can and cannot irrigate, when irrigation can start, how it is taught, the equipment and supplies required, and how to irrigate.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Myeloma. An introduction (February 2019)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides a brief overview of myeloma, the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and management.

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I have finished my treatment. What happens next (November 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

This booklet for children and teenagers aged 10-16 aims to help answer questions and concerns that arise when treatment for cancer finishes. It covers feelings and emotions, coping with worry, coping with family and friends, school and college, healthy living, and practical issues such as what happens at follow-up, medicines, and what to look out for.

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Protect yourself against bowel cancer (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

This leaflet explains who is at risk, how colorectal cancer is detected and diagnosed, and how to help reduce cancer risk. It also describes the symptoms to look out for and the national screening programme.

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Your smear test results [Arabic] (2019)

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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Getting care and support. A guide for people living with a terminal illness, and their family and friends (April 2019)

Marie Curie

This guide is for people living with a terminal illness and their friends and family. It aims to helps you explore your care options. It explains what care may be available, what you can expect from it, and who to ask for help.

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Sodium clodronate for primary breast cancer (April 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet is about the bisphosphonate sodium clodronate given to reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the bones and other parts of the body. IIt explains what it is, who might be offered it and the side effects it can cause. 

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Applying for a blue badge. Exemption from Prescription Charges (November 2019)

Mesothelioma UK

This leaflet describes how to apply for a blue badge. It also explains that prescription charges were abolished for cancer patients in 2009.

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Clinical trials (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

Brief information about clinical trials, including the four phases, and the pros and cons of taking part..

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Could it be blood cancer? (September 2019)

Blood Cancer UK

Pocket-sized fold-out guide to the symptoms of blood cancer and suggested questions for a GP appointment. 

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Sex and fertility (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes sperm banking and how different treatment options for testicular cancer may affect a man’s fertility.

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Donating your stem cells to your brother or sister. A guide to stem cell (bone marrow) donation for teenagers and young adults (May 2019)

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Illustrated, colour booklet for children who may be donating bone marrow or stem cells to a sibling. It describes stem cells and stem cell transplants, why a transplant is needed, the types of transplants, the selection process, tissue typing, harvesting the bone marrow (including the risks and side-effects), and what happens if the transplant is unsuccessful. It also covers issues such as consent, what to take into hospital, and changes to sibling relationships. Includes details of useful organisations and a glossary of terms.

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When someone dies. Practical and emotional help at a difficult time (March 2019)

Marie Curie

This booklet provides an overview of the practical and emotional issues that may come up when someone close to you dies. 

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Financial support - help with costs (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. 

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Difficulty swallowing (February 2019)

Marie Curie

Having difficulty swallowing is a common problem for people living with a terminal illness. It can affect your ability to eat, drink and take medication, and this may be worrying for you and your family and friends. This booklet has information about how your healthcare team can help you, and what you can do to help yourself.

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Radiotherapy for primary breast cancer (May 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This booklet describes radiotherapy for primary (early) breast cancer. It explains what radiotherapy is, why it might be needed, how it is given, what to expect, treatment planning, and the possible side-effects. 

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Getting the support you need (March 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at how you can find support groups in your area, the experiences of being a member of a group and other sources of support that may be available. 

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A simple guide to the prostate (October 2019)

Prostate Scotland

This leaflet describes the prostate, the most common symptoms or signs and what they might mean (benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatis, prostate cancer).

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Clinical trials (January 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet gives information about how clinical trials are conducted and about taking part in trials that test new treatments for ovarian cancer.

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The bowel screening test. What you need to know [Large print] (November 2019)

NHS Health Scotland

This leaflet explains the benefits of the bowel screening test, how the test is done, and the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer, and has tips on how to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Financial support - help with costs [Portuguese] (March 2019)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This information is about help with costs if you have cancer. Includes English-language version.

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Complementary therapies (August 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the complementary therapies that are most commonly used by people with ovarian cancer, how they can help to manage treatment side effects and improve quality of life.

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Going back to work (March 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the experience of returning to work after an ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment, the importance of talking to your employer as soon as possible, your rights under the law and what to expect from your employer. 

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Targeted therapies (June 2019)

Ovacome

This factsheet has information about targeted therapies that can be used to treat ovarian cancer. It describes how they are used, their risks and benefits and how to access them. 

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When you're close to someone with prostate cancer. A guide for partners and family (July 2019)

Prostate Cancer UK

A booklet for anyone close to a man affected by prostate cancer, whether partner, family member or friend. It discusses ways to support a man with prostate cancer, where to get further information and how to look after yourself.

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Talking to your family and friends (August 2019)

Ovacome

This briefing looks at the issues raised among family members, children and friends when someone is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It also gives sources of help and support.

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Ovarian cancer and stomas (June 2019)

Target Ovarian Cancer|Colostomy UK

Our expert mini guide is for you if you have a stoma or may get one after ovarian cancer surgery. Based on the latest evidence and full of insights from people who understand what you're going through, this guide explores what a stoma is and does and offers practical tips for overcoming common concerns. 

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Fatigue (November 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Many people with cancer have fatigue and this extreme tiredness is often called ‘cancer-related fatigue’. This factsheet answers the most common questions people ask about fatigue, including: what it is; why cancer causes fatigue; who gets it; how it feels; how long it lasts; how it is assessed; how it is treated; and how to cope.

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Chemotherapy (November 2019)

Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer

This leaflet describes how chemotherapy may be used to treat localised and non-localised testicular cancer, and the possible side-effects..

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Ibrutinib (November 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet describes the use of ibrutinib for the treatment of certain types of lymphoma (relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma; relapsed or refractory CLL; CLL and a 17p deletion). It covers what ibrutinib is, who can have it and who cannnot, its benefits, how it is given, side effects and precautions while being treated.

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Autologous stem cell transplant (November 2019)

Lymphoma Action

This booklet describes autologous stem cell transplant in detail. 

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How will a colostomy affect me? Information for patients before stoma surgery (August 2019)

Colostomy UK

This booklet seeks to answer the many questions and concerns that patietns or a family member or carer might have about a colostomy. 

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Targeted therapies for lung cancer (February 2019)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has lung cancer, and targeted therapy is a possible treatment, then it’s almost certain that you will have a lot of questions. We have produced this booklet in partnership with lung cancer experts and people affected by lung cancer to help you make positive, informed choices about your care and treatment.

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Eating well during cancer treatment. Support your health during cancer treatment (April 2019)

Penny Brohn UK

General advice to help you eat well during chemotherapy and radiotherapy; the challenges can be similar but where the information is specific to chemotherapy or radiotherapy, this will be stated. There’s no one way of eating that’s right for everyone so the general advice in this booklet will need to be adapted to you and your situation. It’s not intended to replace any advice given to you by a member of your healthcare team.

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Letrozole (February 2019)

Breast Cancer Care

This leaflet describes what letrozole (Femara®) is, how it works, when it may be prescribed, how it is taken, and the possible side-effects.

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Donating stem cells to your relative (October 2019)

Anthony Nolan

This booklet for anyone thinking about donating their stem cells to a relative who needs a transplant to treat a blood cancer or blood disorder. It will explain why a donation is needed and what happens at each step of the process. 

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Having a stem cell transplant (July 2019)

Lymphoma Action

Stem cell transplants are an intensive form of treatment that involve a number of steps. This factsheet outlines the main steps in self (autologous) and donor (allogeneic) stem cell transplants: Preparation; Collecting the stem cells; High-dose anti-cancer therapy (conditioning); Stem cell infusion; Waiting for your blood counts to recover (engraftment).

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