Patient booklets

These booklets cover various aspects of cancer and cancer treatments.

If you can't find what you're looking for you can contact the specialist nurses at our cancer information centre. The centre offers a free confidential service for anyone affected by cancer. Call 0161 446 8100.

*Please note there has been a change in prescription fees since some of our booklets were published.

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Changes to your voice during and following radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box)

Radiotherapy can result in a dry, sore and swollen throat. Radiation to the larynx will affect your vocal cords, producing changes to your voice.

Confidentiality of your health record: what you need to know

When you have an appointment or come for treatment at the Christie, we ask you to give us information about yourself. We keep this information, together with details of your care, because we will need it if we see you again. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: information for patients and carers

This is a general leaflet for all patients and carers to help answer questions about CPR.

Care during the last days of life

The aim of this booklet is to provide information on the care and support available for those approaching end of life.

Care of your central venous catheter

This booklet contains information about central venous catheters (CVC). These are sometimes called long lines, Hickman® catheters or similar types of central lines. The first part of the booklet describes what they are and how they are put in. 

Chemotherapy: a guide for patients and their carers

We hope that you and your family will find this booklet a useful guide to chemotherapy. It will not answer every question about your treatment, nor is it intended as a substitute for discussion with the doctors and nursing staff.

Christie Urology Nursing Service

The urology nursing service provides “key workers” for patients who are referred to The Christie for treatment.

Clinical Trials Unit

Opened in 2010, the clinical trials unit provides a designated National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility for experimental medicines.

Contrast Enema

Contrast dye is injected through a tube and series of x-rays are performed to examine your lower bowel.

Christie Hotline

Information card for patients and doctors warning about signs and symptoms of neutropenic sepsis and importance of using Christie Hotline

The specialist colorectal support service

 

Information about The Christie specialist colorectal support service.  They are a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses and a radiographer who have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with bowel cancer.

Taking Carbimazole or Propylthiouracil

Information for patients about taking Carbimazole and Propylthiouracil to control the over activity of your thyroid gland (thyrotoxicosis).

Cyclophosphamide for myeloma

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Cyclophosphamide which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

CTD1 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD1 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 21 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

CTD2 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD2 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 28 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

Having a colonoscopy

It is very important that you read this booklet. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact the department – you will find a phone number at the end of this booklet.  Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a colonoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your large bowel.

Information about your CT scan

This leaflet explains what happens when you come for a CT (computed tomography) scan. This is sometimes called a CAT Scan (computerised axial tomographic scan). The scanner is like a ring with a large hole, it is not an enclosed tunnel. The patient lies on the table which moves through this hole.

Telling us what you think: how to make a comment or raise concerns

At The Christie, we welcome any feedback that you can give us – good or bad – about any aspect of your contact with the hospital. We need to know if we are not providing you or your relative or friend with a good service. We also like to know when we are getting things right. This leaflet explains how you can let us know what you think.

Concerns, suggestions, compliments.  Comment Form

At The Christie we are keen to improve the quality of the service we give to our patients. The comment form allows you to let us know what needs improving and to tell us what you like about the hospital.

The Christie Comments Form (Easy read version)

At The Christie we are always trying to find better ways to help you.

The Christie Feedback and Complaints Leaflet (Easy read version) 

At The Christie we like to know whether you are happy or unhappy with your time at the hospital.

Cervical (Neck) Lymph Node Dissection

This leaflet describes cervical lymph node dissection or clearance.  This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both sides of the neck.  It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Cystectomy for women

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

Cystectomy for men

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder and prostate gland.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

A patient's guide to taking pancreatic enzymes (Creon)

A guide explaining what pancreatic enzymes (Creon) are, the benefits and how to take the medication.

Cancer of the appendix

This leaflet explains about cancer of the appendix and treatment by the Pseudomyxoma Tumour Service at The Christie.

CT colonography scan

This leaflet gives you information about CT colonography.  This is a test to look inside your abdomen and bowels for any abnormality.

Collecting bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells 

This leaflet contains information to guide patients through each stage of the stem cell collection or bone marrow collection process.

The Complementary Therapy drop-in service for all patients and their carers

This leaflet gives information about when and where complementary therapy drop-in sessions are held, and what therapies are available.

Cortisol day curve

Your doctor has recommended that you have a Coristol day curve to check how much cortisol your body is producing.

Cancer of the penis

Information describing the causes, tests, staging and treatment options for cancer of the penis

Information about your cardiac scan

Leaflet describing the cardiac scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Circumcision

Information sheet explaining the reasons for having a circumcision, the risks, and description of the procedure.

Consultation with a fertility doctor: information for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer only

Information sheet explaining what happens when women having treatment for breast cancer are offered a referral to the fertility service.

Cytoreductive surgery with heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer

Information for colo-rectal patients about treatment when the disease has spread to the abdomen:  the treatment involves surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Changes to the pharmacy service from 15 April 2013

Short leaflet about changes to the pharmacy service.

Cutaneous Lymphoma multi-disciplinary team

This leaflet gives information about the lymphoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT for short).  This is a team of healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat lymphoma.

Carcinoma in situ (CIS) - penile cancer

Information sheet describing what carcinoma in situ means and describing the possible treatments.

Carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae

Leaflet explaining what this infection is and how it is treated.

Cordotomy

The information describes the procedure for having a cordotomy which is a specialised type of nerve block.

Coeliac plexus blockade

This is a specialised type of nerve block.  The procedure is described and the advantages and disadvantages.

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties.

Cortisol salivary collection

This leaflet provides guidelines on collecting a saliva sample.

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