Understanding Cancer books

Understanding Cancer is a series of more than 60 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).

Cancer Council NSW has also developed 10 workplace fact sheets which provide information about cancer, treatment and side effects, and outline practical suggestions for workplaces. Click here for more information and to access the fact sheets.

Understanding Cancer Series Booklets


Types of cancer

Acute Leukaemia
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Anal Cancer
Download PDF | 123 kB
Bladder Cancer
Download PDF | 906 kB
Bone Cancer, Primary
Download PDF | 67 kB
Bone Cancer, Secondary
Download PDF | 171 kB
Bowel Cancer
Download PDF | 607 kB
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Brain Cancer
Download PDF | 492 kB
Breast Cancer
Download PDF | 847 kB
Cancer of Unknown Primary
Download PDF | 775 kB
Cancer of the Uterus
Download PDF | 461 kB
Cervical Cancer
Download PDF | 869 kB
Chronic Leukaemia
Download PDF | 297
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Head and Neck Cancer
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Hodgkin Lymphoma
Download PDF | 759 kB
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Kidney Cancer
Download PDF | 447 kB
Liver Cancer
Download PDF | 475 kB
Lung Cancer
Download PDF | 441 kB
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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Download PDF | 756 kB
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Ovarian Cancer
Download PDF | 850kB
Pancreatic Cancer
Download PDF | 509 kB
Prostate Cancer
Download PDF | 465 kB
Skin Cancer
Download PDF | 816 kB
Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers
Download PDF | 786 kB
Testicular Cancer
Download PDF | 799 kB
Thyroid Cancer
Download PDF | 797 kB
Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers
Download PDF | 469 kB

Treatment and side effects

Changes in Thinking and Memory
Download PDF | 78 kB
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Clinical Trials and Research
Download PDF | 298 kB
Complementary Therapies
Download PDF | 948 kB
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Fatigue and cancer
Download PDF | 76 KB
Hair loss
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Massage and Cancer
Download PDF | 232 kB
Mouth Health
Download PDF | 85 kB
Palliative Care
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Peripheral Neuropathy
Download PDF | 131 KB
Radiation Therapy
Download PDF | 852 kB
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Targeted Therapy
Download PDF | 128 kB
Taste and smell changes
Download PDF | 66 kB

Coping With Cancer and Recovery

Cancer Care and Your Rights
Download PDF | 410 kB
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Cancer Support Groups
Download PDF | 474 kB
Cancer and Your Finances
Download PDF | 411 KB
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Cancer in the School Community
Download PDF | 852 kb
Cancer in the Workplace: Other Support
Download PDF | 68 kb
Cancer, Work & You
Download PDF | 492 kB
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Caring for Someone with Cancer
Download PDF | 258 kB
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Emotions and Cancer
Download PDF | 506 KB
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Exercise for People Living with Cancer
Download PDF | 3 MB
Fertility and Cancer
Download PDF | 424 kB
How can I help?
Download PDF | 67 kB
Overcoming Cancer Pain
Download PDF | 314 kB
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Questions for your doctor
Download PDF | 34 kB
Talking to Kids About Cancer
Download PDF | 837 kB
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After Your Cancer Treatment

Breast Prostheses and Reconstruction
Download PDF | 932 kB
Exercises after breast surgery
Download PDF | 316 kB
Facing End of Life
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Living Well After Cancer
Download PDF | 409 kB
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Living with Advanced Cancer
Download PDF | 490 kB
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New insurance policies fact sheet
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Nutrition and Cancer
Download PDF | 479 kB
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Sexuality, Intimacy and Cancer
Download PDF | 423 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

Instructions for downloading and reading EPUB files

Apple devices

The iBooks application must be installed on your Apple device before you can read the EPUB.
Different ways to download an EPUB file to your Apple device:

  • email EPUB files to yourself and transfer the attachment to iBooks.
  • copy EPUB files into DropBox (or a similar service) and use the DropBox app to send them to iBooks.
  • open EPUB files directly from Mobile Safari and open them in iBooks, where they are saved automatically by downloading the EPUB from the website.

Need more help? Visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4059


To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
Need more information? Visit: http://www.kobo.com/help/koboaura/response/?id=3784&type=3

Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

Need more help? Visit: https://au.readerstore.sony.com/apps_and_devices/

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™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200767340&qid=1395967989&sr=1-1
For more information on accessing a PDF on your Kindle™, visit www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle, log in to your account and click on Personal Document Settings.
Need more help? Visit https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630

Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.