Understanding Cancer books

Understanding Cancer is a series of more than 50 resources for people with cancer, their families and friends. The series includes easy-to-read information about specific types of cancer, treatments, and emotional and practical issues. There are also audio-visual materials that can be downloaded or streamed online.

Click on a category below to access information online or download booklets and information sheets (EPUB or PDF format).

Understanding Cancer Series Booklets

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Types of cancer

Acute Leukaemia
Download PDF | 736 kB
Anal Cancer
Download PDF | 119 kB
Bladder Cancer
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Bone cancer, primary
Download PDF | 67 kB
Bowel Cancer
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Brain Cancer
Download PDF | 861 kB
Breast Cancer
Download PDF | 833 kB
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Cancer of Unknown Primary
Download PDF | 818 kB
Cervical Cancer
Download PDF | 873 kB
Chronic Leukaemia
Download PDF | 422 kB
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Head and Neck Cancer
Download PDF | 927kB
Hodgkin Lymphoma
Download PDF | 759 kB
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Kidney Cancer
Download PDF | 754 kB
Liver Cancer
Download PDF | 2 MB
Lung Cancer
Download PDF | 763 kB
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Melanoma
Download PDF | 741 kB
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Myeloma
Download PDF | 824 kB
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Download PDF | 718 kB
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Ovarian Cancer
Download PDF | 861kB
Pancreatic Cancer
Download PDF | 829kB
Pleural Mesothelioma
Download PDF | 883 kB
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Prostate Cancer
Download PDF | 881 kB
Skin Cancer
Download PDF | 825 kB
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Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers
Download PDF | 786 kB
Testicular Cancer
Download PDF | 748 kB
Thyroid Cancer
Download PDF | 761 kB
Uterine Cancer
Download PDF | 807 kB
Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers
Download PDF | 780 kB

Treatment and side effects

Chemotherapy
Download PDF | 748 kB
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Clinical Trials and Research
Download PDF | 300 kB
Complementary Therapies
Download PDF | 485 kB
Hair loss
Download PDF | 80 kB
Massage and Cancer
Download PDF | 232 kB
Palliative Care
Download PDF | 735 kB
Radiotherapy
Download PDF | 970 kB
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Surgery
Download PDF | 830 kB
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Taste and smell changes
Download PDF | 66 kB

Coping With Cancer and Recovery

Cancer Support Groups
Download PDF | 1 MB
Cancer and Your Finances
Download PDF | 1 MB
Cancer in the School Community
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Cancer, Work & You
Download PDF | 600 kB
Caring for Someone with Cancer
Download PDF | 258 kB
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Emotions and Cancer
Download PDF | 750 kB
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Exercise for People Living with Cancer
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Fertility and Cancer
Download PDF | 437 kB
Overcoming Cancer Pain
Download PDF | 314 kB
Questions for your doctor
Download PDF | 34 kB
Talking to Kids About Cancer
Download PDF | 799 kB
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After Your Cancer Treatment

Breast Exercises After Surgery
Download PDF | 233 kB
Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction
Download PDF | 421 kB
Facing End of Life
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Living Well After Cancer
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Living with Advanced Cancer
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Nutrition and Cancer
Download PDF | 467 kB
Sexuality, Intimacy and Cancer
Download PDF | 414 kB
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Understanding Grief
Download PDF | 187 kB

Prevention and general information

Men and Cancer
Download PDF | 661 kB
Women and Cancer
Download PDF | 649 kB
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Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
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