Cancer Patient Guides in English
Guides for Patients are designed to assist patients, their relatives and caregivers to better understand the nature of different types of cancer and evaluate the best available treatment choices.
Produced by ESMO these guides translate complex medical information into a language understandable to patients. The medical information is based on the ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines, which are designed to guide medical oncologists in the diagnosis, follow-up and treatment in different cancer types and conditions.
Patient Guides can be downloaded or saved into your own library.
Cancer can affect bone health in several ways such as by spreading to the bones (bone metastases) or cancer treatment causing bone loss, which makes the bones more fragile and likely to fracture. Find out more here.
This guide provides information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of cancer care, including possible changes to your treatment plan and appointments, which may be necessary to keep you safe from infection.
Patients with cancer commonly experience pain due to the cancer itself, the cancer treatment, or a combination of both. This patient guide provides up-to-date guidance on the types of treatments for cancer pain and any possible side effects of its treatment. Find out more here.
This patient guide contains information on side effects associated with modern immunotherapies, known as checkpoint inhibitors, how your oncology team will manage these symptoms, and a few strategies you can use yourself to minimise their effects.
Personalised medicine is the future of cancer medicine. In this guide, produced by ESMO, we provided an overview on governing principles, illustrating them through examples of personalised medicine approaches in several tumour types.
Survivorship is a unique and ongoing experience, which is different for each person and those close to them. A key to survivorship is to regain, as far as possible, the important aspects of life before cancer, and to find new pathways to a satisfactory life going forward. The Patient Guide on Survivorship is created by ESMO and ECPC in collaboration with IPOS.