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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Occupational therapy and cancer-related fatigue

As many as three quarters (75%) of people with cancer feel fatigued at some time. Cancer-related fatigue may be due to the cancer itself or may be a result of symptoms caused by the cancer. It can also be a side effect of treatment.

Oesophageal dilatation

To make sure that you getting adequate nutrition and are able to swallow effectively, your medical team has referred you for an oesophageal dilatation (widening of the gullet).

Oncology Critical Care Unit: Information for patients and their relatives, friends and visitors


A patient may be admitted to the Oncology Critical Care Unit (OCCU) because of an illness, for additional supportive treatment, or after a major operation for observations.  This can be a worrying time therefore this leaflet is designed to help you access the necessary information.


Surgery for ovarian mass

Your doctor has told you that you have an ovarian mass, tumour or cyst on one or both of your ovaries. The doctor may have said that he/she is concerned about the results of the investigations and that the ovary needs to be removed to see if there is any cancer present.

The Christie at Oldham

Leaflet for new patients to the Oldham centre explaining how to get there and what to do on the first visit.

Oral glucose tolerance test to assess growth hormone

Your doctor has recommended that your have a glucose tolerance test to assess your growth hormone levels.

Information about your Ocreotide scan

Leaflet describing the Ocreotide scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like