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Find out about books and leaflets that discuss bowel cancer, including anal cancer. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Bowel Cancer: The essential guide
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

100 questions and answers about colorectal cancer
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

Your guide to bowel cancer
John Northover
Hodder and Stoughton, 2007

An easy to read guide to bowel cancer, written by an expert bowel surgeon. The book explains the structure of the bowel, how bowel cancer develops and its symptoms. Patients and carers are led through different treatments, after care and life after treatment.
ISBN 0340927461

Saving my arse (2nd edition)
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

What's up with our dad? Medikidz explain colorectal cancer
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.


Booklets and leaflets from Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Preventing bowel cancer - spot your symptoms early 
You can download a copy of the leaflet from the publications section of the Cancer Research UK website. Or you can ring our leaflet enquiry line on 020 3469 8333.


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

Booklets from the Colostomy Association

  • About Rectal Discharge
  • About Stoma Reversal
  • Active Ostomates: sports and fitness after stoma surgery 
  • An Introduction to Irrigation
  • Caring for Colostomates
  • Healthy Eating
  • Living with a Colostomy: information for colostomates and their carers
  • Travel Advice
  • Sam has a Stoma
  • Colonoscopy through the stoma
  • One to one
  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Parastomal hernias
  • How will a colostomy affect me?

They also have a number of different factsheets.

Booklets, leaflets, and CDs from Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Understanding colon cancer
  • Understanding bowel cancer screening
  • Are you worried about bowel cancer? 
  • Understanding chemotherapy
  • Understanding radiotherapy
  • Managing the late effects of bowel cancer treatment
  • Controlling cancer pain
  • Controlling the symptoms of cancer
  • Coping with advanced cancer
  • Coping with hair loss
  • Healthy eating and cancer
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • What to do after cancer treatment ends:10 top tips
  • Life after cancer treatment
  • Sexuality and cancer
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Talking to children and teenagers when an adult has cancer
  • Understanding cancer research trials
  • Quick guide to benefits and financial help

Booklets and factsheets from Beating Bowel Cancer

  • Understanding bowel cancer
  • Bowel cancer treatment: Your pathway
  • Bowel cancer surgery: Your operation
  • Advanced bowel cancer: Treating metastases
  • Living with bowel cancer: Eating well
  • Beyond bowel cancer: Living well
  • Colonic Stenting
  • Regaining bowel control
  • Stoma reversal
  • Targeted therapies and biomarkers

Booklets from Dansac ostomy suppliers

  • Colostomy – hints and tips
  • Ileostomy – hints and tips
  • Body image after stoma surgery
  • What about sex – for people with a stoma and their partners

Also has a range of booklets about changing stoma appliances, and travel advice for people with a stoma

From Coloplast ostomy suppliers

  • Colostomy/Ileostomy - Essential advice for before and after your operation
  • Colostomy/Ileostomy - Things you need to know after your operation
  • Colostomy/Ileostomy - Lifestyle

You can get the Coloplast booklets by phoning 0800 220 622.


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Updated: 13 June 2016