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Resources and books

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with anal cancer and treatment. You can also find out about suppliers of stoma appliances.

Anal cancer support organisations

Cancer Research UK
407 St John Street

Phone: 020 7009 8881

Founded by Bobby Moore's wife, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, this organisation raises money for research into bowel cancer and aims to raise awareness of the symptoms so that people are diagnosed earlier.

General support organisations

A patient led group that promotes understanding about pelvic radiation disease, a late effect of radiotherapy treatment. They support patients and campaign for more research and better treatment for this condition.

Tel: 01372 744338

Enterprise House
95 London Street

Tel: 0118 939 1537
Helpline: 0800 328 4257(24 hrs a day, 7 days a week)

The UK support group for people with a colostomy. It provides information and support, as well as booklets to anyone who has or is about to have a colostomy.

CORE produce information and leaflets on common digestive diseases and illnesses, including bowel cancer.

Tel: 020 7486 0341

Tel: 020 7486 7262 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9am to 5pm)

Advice and leaflets on impotence and its treatment.

The Bladder and Bowel Community supports and connects people living with bladder and bowel disorders. Their confidential telephone helpline gives help in 10 languages. They can also advise you on stoma products.

The community can give you a Just Can't Wait toilet card. This gives you quick access to toilets when you're out and about in shops, cafes, pubs and so on.

The community was previously called the Bladder and Bowel Foundation.

Helpline: 0845 345 0165
Tel: 01926 357 220

Patients Communication Campaign
PO Box 3087
W4 4ZP

General Medical Helpline: 020 8994 9874 (6-8pm Daily)

The Medical Advisory Service offers information and advice on medical and health care matters.

Suppliers of stoma appliances

Delivers supplies of prescription colostomy and ileostomy equipment to people's homes.

Tel: 0800 587 4047 or 03301 233188 from a mobile

Delivers supplies of prescription colostomy and ileostomy equipment. Also gives information on all areas of stoma care. Has a helpline for anyone who has a stoma.

Tel: 0800 282254 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

A company that provides products for people with stomas. They have a delivery service for prescribed appliances.

Tel: 0800 521377 (Customer Care team)

Handcrafted covers made to fit every size of ostomy bag or pouch following surgery resulting in a stoma, ie ileostomy, colostomy or urostomy. The covers come in a wide range of fabrics and are specifically tailored to fit each individual stoma bag.

Tel: 01205 723327

Makers and suppliers of colostomy and ileostomy appliances and equipment.

Tel: 01494 532761
Fax: 01494 524650

Books about anal and bowel cancer

Ian Eustace
Need-2-Know, No. 91 in series, 2013

An easy to read guide to bowel cancer. It includes information about lowering your risk, causes, tests, treatment and living with bowel cancer.
ISBN 1861441347

David Bub, Susannah Rose and Douglas Wong
Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2007

A comprehensive book about all aspects of colorectal cancer. It is an American book so some aspects will not apply to the UK.
ISBN 9780763754419


M Davies
Mark Davies, 2011

A personal story using male humour from Mark Davies who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 31. Some people may find it a little crude but others find it amusing. Discusses his diagnosis, treatment and the challenges of living with bowel cancer. 
ISBN 9780955903625

Information for children

Chilman-Blair K and deLoache S
American Cancer Society, 2013
ISBN 1604432020

An American illustrated book about bowel cancer aimed at children aged 10 to 16 years.

Online information

The American National Cancer Institute has patient information about anal cancer. On American websites, not all the information is relevant for a UK audience.

The American Cancer Society also has patient information.

Books about cancer and treatment

Malin Dollinger, Ernest H Rosenbaum and Margaret Tempero
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008
ISBN 978-0740768576

Covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1847090805

Gives information about chemotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of chemotherapy on everyday life, including tiredness, sex life and fertility, social life, work, holidays, exercise and diet.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0859699990

Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life, including social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.

Joanne Frankel Kelvin and Leslie B Tyson
Publishers: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 978-0763777609

An American book which gives both doctor’s and patient’s views on coping with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. It has information about treatment for pain, nausea, tiredness, and other symptoms.

Jane Freeman
Sheldon Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-84709-141-3

Written by a cancer dietician, this is a practical handbook for people with cancer. Filled with helpful tips and recipes.

Abby Bloch, Barbara Grant, Kathryn Hamilton and Cynthia Thomson
Publisher: American Cancer Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-0944235782

An American book but most of the information is relevant to the UK. It covers issues such as preventing weight loss and coping with dehydration, fatigue, and infection. It also discusses eating problems and digestion issues, such as swallowing problems, feeling sick and dealing with mouth sores. Focuses on survivorship and how to eat well after treatment.

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who've shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Find local cancer information and support

NHS Choices helps you find local cancer information and support.

Last reviewed: 
13 Jun 2016

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