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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: 101

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Managing weight gain after cancer treatment (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is about managing weight gain after cancer treatment. It gives suggestions and tips to help you keep to a healthy body weight. We explain how changing the types of food you eat and being physically active can help you lose weight and feel healthier.

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Recovery after treatment (May 2018)

Lymphoma Action

It can be difficult to know what to expect when you finish treatment for lymphoma. This factsheet is about your recovery from the side effects that may have affected your body during treatment. Contents: The recovery package; How soon will I feel better?; Symptoms to look out for; Late effects of treatment.

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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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Managing lung cancer symptoms (August 2018)

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

If you or someone you care for has just been diagnosed with lung cancer you may have lots of questions. This booklet was produced with input from people affected by lung cancer and lung cancer experts, and is designed to help answer those questions.It describes the possible symptoms that may experienced when living with lung cancer and how to cope with them.

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Diet and breast cancer (January 2020)

Breast Cancer Now

A booklet for people having treatment for, or recovering from, breast cancer. It explains what is meant by a healthy diet and what to do if the effects of treatment cause problems such as changes in appetite or taste, nausea, sore mouth, constipation or diarrhoea. It also covers weight gain, weight loss, bone health, dietary supplements, phyto-oestrogens, alcohol, and complementary and alternative diets such as the Bristol diet, dairy-free diets and macrobiotics.

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The building-up diet (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet is for people who may be finding it difficult to maintain their weight during and after cancer treatment. It explains the different food types and has suggestions on how to get more energy and protein in your diet. It also  includes some meal ideas and some shopping list suggestions. These may help you when preparing meals. 

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Simple steps for good bowel health (November 2020)

Bowel Cancer UK

Illustrated leaflet with information about how the digestive system works and advice on how to eat well and other lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

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Healthy eating and cancer (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people want to make positive changes to their lives when they have been diagnosed with cancer. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes. This booklet is for people living with cancer or after cancer treatment who want to know more about a healthy diet. It explains why diet is important and has tips on how to eat well and keep to a healthy weight. It also answers some common questions about diet and cancer.

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Eating problems and cancer (August 2020)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Many people have eating problems during and after cancer treatment. This can be related to the cancer or to the side effects of cancer treatments. This booklet talks about some common eating problems and why they might happen. It also suggests some practical ways to manage them. There is also information for carers, family members and friends. 

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Men's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of prostate, bowel, lung, mouth and throat, oesophageal and testicular cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Women's health guide (2019)

World Cancer Research Fund

Diet and lifestyle recommendations to reduce cancer risk, including weight, diet, dietary supplements, alcohol, and physical activity. Includes brief information on the most common symptoms of breast, bowel, lung, womb, ovarian, cervical and skin cancer and information on screening tests where applicable.

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Active surveillance as a management for early prostate cancer (August 2019)

Prostate Scotland

A leaflet to help men decide if active surveillance is right for them.

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Rectal discharge following stoma surgery (July 2019)

Colostomy UK

This leaflet explains why rectal discharge might occur following a colostomy and describes some of the management techniques and coping mechanisms that might help.

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Parastomal hernias (September 2019)

Colostomy Association

This leaflet explains what a parastomal hernia is, the causes, the complications and problems it can cause and the treatment options. It has practical hints and tips for managing a parastomal hernia and for reducing the risk. Includes the personal experiences of four ostomates.

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Healthy eating. Nutritional guidelines for people with a colostomy (June 2019)

Colostomy UK

Advice on diet and nutrition following a colostomy.

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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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Fatigue and myeloma (July 2019)

Myeloma UK

This Infoguide will help you understand the causes of myeloma-related fatigue, provide you with information about the different ways of treating and managing myeloma-related fatigue and help you and your family cope with the effects. 

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Eating well. A guide to diet and bowel cancer (May 2019)

Bowel Cancer UK

This booklet has information about how food can affect your symptoms during and after bowel cancer treatment. After treatment, you may find you can’t eat the same foods as you did before. These changes may be temporary or they may be longer-lasting. 

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Thrombocytopenia and myeloma (April 2019)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet explains what thrombocytopenia is, the causes and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed, monitored and treated. It also has some tips for self-management. 

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Mouth care (March 2019)

Myeloma UK

People with myeloma can develop sore (mucositis) or dry mouths. This factsheet explains the reasons why this may occur and describes the symptoms of mucositis and oral thrush, prevention and treatment. Includes tips for self-management.

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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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The man manual. Men's health made easy (February 2019)

Haynes Publishing for Men's Health Forum

One careful owner? With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. The new fully-revised 2019 edition of this easy-to-read handbook will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. There are also brand new interviews with men who've been on the journey and have a tale to tell. (Publisher)

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Want to cut your cancer risk? (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes six ways you can help reduce your cancer risk: be smoke free; cut down on booze; keep a healthy weight; think about what's on your plate; get moving; stay safe in the sun.

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Eating well when you have cancer (February 2019)

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer and its treatment can affect appetite and enjoyment of food. This booklet has been written to help people eat well when they have a poor appetite or are losing weight. It suggests foods to eat to maintain a healthy diet, foods to avoid, nourishing and supplementary drinks, and high-energy foods. It also has advice for times when eating is difficult, as a result, for example, of fatigue, nausea, sore mouth, diarrhoea, or constipation. Includes recipes and sources of further information and support.

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Diet and nutrition (December 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet is for anyone receiving treatment or who has recently completed their treatment.There’s no specific food or type of diet that can control or treat brain tumours, but controlling your diet may help to improve your quality of life and manage the side-effects of treatment, such as dry mouth, nausea, poor appetite, and weight loss.

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Let's eat and drink healthily (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

What we eat and drink can affect our cancer risk. Eating healthily has loads of benefits, helping you keep a healthy weight and and helping reduce the risk of cancer. This leaflet has advice and tips to help people make changes. 

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Brain tumour biomarkers. What you need to know (July 2019)

The Brain Tumour Charity

This leaflet explains what biomarkers are and how they may be used in the management of brain tumours.

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Reducing your risk of breast cancer (November 2019)

Breast Cancer Now

This leaflet explains how making some simple lifestyle changes could help you reduce your risk of breast cancer. 

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Want to cut your cancer risk? [Large print] (June 2019)

Cancer Research UK

This leaflet describes six ways you can help reduce your cancer risk: be smoke free; cut down on booze; keep a healthy weight; think about what's on your plate; get moving; stay safe in the sun.

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Self-management and remote monitoring (October 2018)

Lymphoma Action

More and more people are living longer after a diagnosis of lymphoma. This has prompted some hospitals to change the way they organise long-term management and follow-up for people who have finished treatment. This factsheet explains how self-management support and remote monitoring may be used for people who have finished treatment. It covers: Self-management; Self-management support; Remote monitoring; When to book an appointment; Life on self-management and remote monitoring.

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Eat well during cancer. Helping you cope with common side-effects of cancer and cancer treatment (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund

This booklet is for people living with cancer and those having cancer treatment, who want to know more about how to cope with the common side-effects, but also want to follow as healthy a diet and lifestyle as possible. It is a general guide and not suitable for people who are eating very little, have lost a lot of weight unintentionally or are receiving palliative care, as they will need specialist information and advice. 

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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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Treatments for controlling the symptoms of pancreatic cancer (June 2018)

Pancreatic Cancer Action

A booklet for patients and carers covering the different procedures used to control pancreaticcancer symptoms with practical information about being in hospital and returning home. Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials, questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

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Coping with common symptoms of lymphoma (November 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This factsheet has general guidance for coping with some of the symptoms of lymphoma, including: swollen lymph nodes; fatigue;  weight loss; night sweats; itching; pain; skin symptoms; swollen arms or legs; and coping with your emotions.

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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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Symptoms of lymphoma (November 2018)

Lymphoma Action

This information gives details about the symptoms of lymphoma and the possible reasons for them: B symptoms; swollen lymph nodes; fatigue; unexplained weight loss; night sweats; itching; fever; difficulty getting over infections; chest symptoms; abdominal (tummy) symptoms; pain; skin symptoms; brain and nerve symptoms; swelling in the arms or legs; anaemia (low red blood cells). 

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Myeloma bone disease and bisphosphonates (November 2018)

Myeloma UK

This booklet provides information on why myeloma bone disease may occur, how it is diagnosed and monitored and how it is managed and treated, including the use of bisphosphonates.

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Peripheral neuropathy (May 2018)

Myeloma UK

This Infosheet explains what peripheral neuropathy is, what causes it in myeloma patients, and how it is treated and has some tips for self-management. 

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Gastrointestinal disturbances (July 2018)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet explains what gastrointestinal disturbances are, what causes nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhoea in myeloma patients, how they are treated, and has some tips for self-management. 

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Venous thromboembolic events (VTEs) (May 2018)

Myeloma UK

This factsheet explains what a VTE is, the causes and risk factors, symptoms, and how they can be treated. It also has some tips for self-management. 

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Are you worried about breast cancer? (September 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This booklet explains what we know about the main causes of breast cancer and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

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Managing the late effects of breast cancer treatment (October 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information for women who experience side-effects that continue for six months or longer after treatment, or delayed late effects that begin months or years after treatment. 

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Breast cancer (2018)

Oxford University Press

Breast Cancer: The Facts provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail. Written by specialists in breast cancer, the focus is on the whole patient, their family, and social networks, to make this book a holistic guide to better health at and after diagnosis with the disease, equipping patients affected by breast cancer and their families to be able to ask their health care team the questions they need to have answered to make informed decisions about their treatment. (Publisher)

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Understanding neutropaenia. A colouring book (November 2018)

This illustrated booklet is designed to help children and their parents understand the management of chemotherapy induced neutropaenia. Available only as an interactive book on iTunes and Amazon Kindle, or as a PDF download. Every purchase includes free access to a black-and-white version for children to colour in.  

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Anti cancer living. The six-step solution to transform your health (2018)

Vermilion (Random House)

“You have cancer.” These are perhaps the most feared three words that will ever come out of a doctor’s mouth, and more and more people are hearing them. Yet most patients (and some doctors) do not realize that lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce risk, assist treatment and improve chances of surviving and even thriving after a diagnosis. Over the course of a major study Servan-Schreiber designed with Dr Lorenzo Cohen at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, six key areas have emerged: love and social support, stress management, rest, movement, nutrition and avoiding environmental toxins. Each plays a role--but it's the synergies created by this potent "Mix of Six" that can bring about real shifts in health and well-being, significantly improving quality of life and positively supporting conventional cancer treatments. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber's Anticancer introduced a revolutionary way to understand and confront cancer, changing the lives of millions around the world. He laid out the principles of integrative care that had allowed him to live many years beyond expectations for his own cancer, but readers have long requested a specific plan to implement his approach. Anti cancer Living is that book. (Publisher)

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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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What you can do to help yourself [Urdu] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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What you can do to help yourself [Welsh] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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What you can do to help yourself [Russian] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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What you can do to help yourself [Punjabi] (September 2017)

Macmillan Cancer Support

This factsheet has information about things you can do to help yourself when you have cancer. Includes the English-language version.  

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