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Explore Cancer Council's booklets, fact sheets and ebooks

Understanding cancer

Our Understanding cancer booklets and fact sheets are written for people affected by cancer, including people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their carers, family and friends. 

Each booklet or fact sheet addresses a different aspect of cancer. We provide practical information to help you understand what you are going through, including answers to common questions, tips, checklists and where to go for support.

A number of our booklets are now available as ebooks, making them easy to download and view on an ebook reader, mobile device or computer.

Click on one of the following categories to access our publications online or to download booklets and fact sheets.

For further information and advice, call Cancer Council 13 11 20 – our specially trained staff can answer your questions and offer emotional and practical support.

To access Cancer Council ebooks:

PC: Download a standalone ebook reader or install a browser add-on.
Mac: Use the iBooks app installed.

If you don't have an ebook reader, Wikipedia has an extensive list of open-source and paid ebook readers

Cancer types

Cancer treatment and side effects

  • Changes in thinking and memory (fact sheet) PDF
  • Chemotherapy PDF
  • Clinical trials and research PDF
  • Complementary therapies PDF 
  • Hair loss (fact sheet) PDF
  • Massage PDF
  • Peripheral neuropathy (fact sheet) PDF
  • Palliative care PDF
  • Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) PDF 
  • Surgery PDF
  • Taste and smell changes (fact sheet) PDF
  • Targeted therapy (fact sheet) PDF
  • Mouth health (fact sheet) PDF
  • Immunotherapy (fact sheet) PDF
  • Fatigue and cancer (fact sheet) PDF

Living with cancer

  • Cancer and your finances PDF 
  • Cancer care and your rights PDF 
  • Cancer in the school community PDF
  • Cancer support groups PDF
  • Cancer, work and you PDF
  • Caring for someone with cancer PDF
  • Living with advanced cancer PDFebook
  • Emotions and cancer PDF 
  • Exercise for people living with cancer PDF
  • Fertility and cancer PDF
  • Understanding cancer pain PDF
  • Understanding rare and less common cancers PDF
  • Understanding secondary liver cancer PDF
  • Talking to kids about cancer PDF 

After cancer treatment

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