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Mouth and oropharyngeal cancer reading list

This page gives details of a selection of books, leaflets and other resources for people who have mouth or oropharyngeal 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.

Looking Forward: the speech and swallowing guidebook for people with cancer of the larynx or tongue
Jack E. Thomas and Robert L. Keith
Thieme Medical Publishers; 2005
ISBN 3136662040

Has information about cancer treatments and how to manage problems with speech and swallowing. It includes exercises for improving speech and swallowing, and tips on tube feeding.

Brenda's easy to swallow cook book
Available from the Mouth Cancer Foundation

Produced by a patient, Brenda Brady, and her husband in association with the Mouth Cancer Foundation. The book has tips for anyone who has difficulty chewing and swallowing food. It contains 40 pages of recipes and tips, from various people. Contributors include fellow patients and celebrity chefs Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Antony Worrall Thompson and Phil Vickery.


Booklets and leaflets from Cancer Research UK

Detecting mouth cancer and how to reduce your risk
This leaflet contains information about the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer and how you can reduce your risk of the disease. You can order this mouth cancer leaflet online or ring our leaflet enquiry line on 020 3469 8333.

Mouth cancer can affect you (English and Urdu) and Cancer in the mouth can affect you (English and Bengali)
Leaflets that describe cancer in the mouth and what happens if it is not treated. They also cover how smoking and chewing paan can cause mouth cancer and how to prevent it. The leaflets use illustrations to demonstrate how to check the mouth. They have photographs that show which changes to look for.


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Macmillan Cancer Support – available as booklets, audiotapes and CDs

  • Understanding head and neck cancers
  • Healthy eating and cancer
  • Day to day life with advanced cancer 
  • Controlling cancer pain
  • Controlling symptoms of cancer
  • Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
  • Sexuality and cancer 
  • Understanding chemotherapy
  • Understanding radiotherapy
  • Coping with hair loss
  • Coping with fatigue
  • Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
  • The emotional effects of cancer
  • Talking to children when an adult has cancer
  • Talking about your cancer
  • Life after cancer treatment

From the Royal Marsden Hospital Trust

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Your operation and Anaesthetic

These booklets can be downloaded from the Royal Marsden website, or you can request them by calling freephone 0800 783 7176, or send an email to


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Updated: 23 October 2014