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NCI's popular patient education publications are available in a variety of formats. Download one or more of these booklets to your E-Book device, smartphone, or tablet for handy reference, or open them as a PDF directly in the browser. 

E-Book Topics on this page:

  • Childhood Cancers
  • Clinical Trials
  • Coping and Support
  • For Family and Caregivers
  • Screening
  • Survivorship
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Treatments and Side Effects
  • Types of Cancer
  • Viewing and Downloading Help


Childhood Cancers



Children with Cancer: A Guide for Parents

Information and advice for parents who have a child with cancer, including treatment, coping and support, health issues, integrative medicine, advanced cancer, and survivorship.



Clinical Trials



Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies Booklet Cover

Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research Studies

Explains what clinical trials are, why they are essential to improving cancer care, how the safety and rights of participants are protected, who is responsible for which costs, and potential risks and benefits of taking part.



Providing Your Tissue For Research: What You Need To Know

Explains what tissue donation is and covers things you should know and think about when deciding to donate your tissue to research. Tissue can include materials from your body such as skin, hair, nails, blood, and urine.



How You Can Help Medical Research: Donating Your Blood, Tissue, and Other Samples

Explains the importance of tissue donation, addresses potential concerns, and encourages patients to speak with their healthcare provider about donating samples.



If You Want to Find Ways to Prevent Cancer...Learn About Prevention Trials

Covers things you should know when deciding to take part in a clinical trial that may help find ways to prevent cancer.



Coping and Support



Coping with Advanced Cancer

Covers the choices for care and symptom control for the patient with late-stage cancer, along with the emotional and communication issues it brings.



Taking Time: Support for People With Cancer

Covers the feelings and concerns of people with cancer and their families.



When Cancer Returns

Covers the physical and emotional issues related to having a cancer recurrence.



Family and Caregivers



Care for the Caregiver

A condensed version of “When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer,” it covers practical, coping, and communication tips for friends and family members caring for loved ones with cancer.



Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment

Covers coping strategies to help cancer caregivers adjust their focus to the recovery phase once treatment is over for their loved one with cancer.



When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

Tips on what to say to your friends, how to deal with stress, and where to find support – as well as information about cancer and cancer treatments, for young people who have a brother or sister with cancer.



When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

Tips on what to say to your friends, how to deal with stress, and where to find support – as well as information about cancer and cancer treatments, for young people who have a parent with cancer.



When Someone You Love Is Being Treated for Cancer

Covers practical, coping, and communication tips for friends and family members caring for loved ones with cancer.



When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers

Covers coping strategies and communication tips to address the concerns that cancer caregivers face when their loved one has been told that he or she has advanced cancer.



Screening



Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women

Explains next steps after an abnormal mammogram result, including information about how conditions are diagnosed and treated.



Understanding Cervical Changes

Explains next steps after an abnormal Pap or HPV test result, including how cervical conditions are diagnosed and treated – as well as information about screening guidelines and HPV vaccines.



Understanding Prostate Changes: A Health Guide for Men

Explains prostate cancer symptoms, risk factors, the PSA test, and other prostate conditions including BPH and prostatitis.



Survivorship



Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment

Covers both the physical and emotional post-treatment issues for cancer survivors.



Facing Forward: Making a Difference in Cancer

Covers the different ways of volunteering or becoming involved in cancer-related activities.



Tobacco Cessation



Clearing the Air: Quit Smoking Today

This booklet is designed to support cessation at any stage of a quitter’s journey.



Treatments and Side Effects



Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer

Explains what chemotherapy is and discusses questions people may have, such as how often they will have treatment and how it will be given. Explains common side effects, why they happen, ways your health care providers can help you manage them, and tips for managing them at home.



Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment

Covers how diet needs differ for people with cancer, common eating problems that may occur, tips for handling food safely during treatment, how health care providers can help manage eating problems, and tips for managing problems at home.



Pain Control: Support for People With Cancer

Covers pain control medicines for cancer patients, pain control plans, talking with your health care team about pain, and coping with the physical and emotional effects of pain.



Radiation Therapy and You: Support for People With Cancer

Covers side effects that patients may have during radiation therapy and ways to manage them.



Understanding Chemotherapy

Get answers to commonly asked questions about chemotherapy using this interactive pamphlet.



Understanding Radiation Therapy: What To Know About Brachytherapy (A Type of Internal Radiation Therapy)

Learn what to expect during internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy, and get answers to commonly asked questions.



Understanding Radiation Therapy: What To Know About External Beam Radiation Therapy

Learn what to expect and get answers to commonly asked questions about external beam radiation therapy.



Types of Cancer



Surgery Choices for Women with DCIS or Breast Cancer

Covers the types of breast surgery, such as breast-sparing surgery and mastectomy, and helps women decide which surgery is the best choice for them.



Prostate Cancer - Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

Covers the treatment options for early-stage prostate cancer, such as active surveillance, surgery, and radiation therapy, and helps men decide which treatment is the best for them.



What You Need To Know About™ Bladder Cancer

Covers possible risks, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for someone recently diagnosed with bladder cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Brain Tumors

Covers possible risks, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for someone recently diagnosed with a brain tumor.



What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer

Covers treatment options, types of cancer doctors, second opinion, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with breast cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Cervical Cancer

Covers treatment options, second opinion, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with cancer of the cervix.



What You Need To Know About™ Cancer of the Esophagus

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.



What You Need To Know About™ Hodgkin Lymphoma

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.



What You Need To Know About™ Kidney Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with kidney cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Cancer of the Larynx

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with cancer of the larynx.



What You Need To Know About™ Leukemia

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with leukemia.



What You Need To Know About™ Liver Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with liver cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Lung Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with lung cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.



What You Need To Know About™ Oral Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with oral cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Cancer of the Pancreas

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.



What You Need To Know About™ Prostate Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Thyroid Cancer

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer.



What You Need To Know About™ Cancer of the Uterus

Covers treatment options, follow-up care, and sources of support for someone recently diagnosed with cancer of the uterus.



How to Download and View E-Books:


How to download and view eBooks:

Kindle:

  • Open via the browser on your Kindle.
  • Or, select "Kindle." Then, use a USB cable to transfer the file to your Kindle.

Smartphone or tablet:

  • Via an ePubs app, select "Other eReaders" to download and view.
  • Via a Kindle app, select "Kindle" to download and view.
  • If you don't have an app, select "PDF."

Desktop or laptop computer:

  • Free software is available to read eBooks on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions is one option for ePub and Calibre is one for Kindle.

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