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.

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Information for parents and carers of children having radiotherapy

This leaflet gives you information about your child having radiotherapy as an outpatient. There is more detailed information in The Christie booklet ‘Radiotherapy’.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis for rectal tumours

You may have read the Christie booklet Radiotherapy - a guide for patients and their families. That contains general advice about radiotherapy and its side effects. This leaflet has been written specially for patients who are having treatment to the pelvis.

Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy

This booklet has been written to answer some of your questions about risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and help you decide whether this surgery is for you.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

This booklet gives you information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove part of the kidney using robot assistance. It is called Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy.

Robotic assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cervical and endometrial cancer

This booklet has been written to help answer some of the questions you may have about robotic-assisted surgery for endometrial or cervical cancer.

Radiotherapy for gynaecological cancers: a guide for patients and their families

This booklet is written for women who are having radiotherapy to the pelvis for gynaecological cancers such as cancer of the womb, cervix or vagina.  

Radiotherapy to the lung

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the lung. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals. 

Radioiodine treatment for thyrotoxicosis

For patients having a course of radioiodine treatment for an overactive or enlarged thyroid gland: treatment and precautions.

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy to the whole brain

This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary brain tumours. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, and patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals.

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain

This leaflet is a guide for patient for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain.  Cancer cells can cause thinning areas of the bone.  These may be painful and can sometimes even lead to fractures.  

Radiotherapy: A guide for patients and their carers

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy, and patients come for treatments that are not available at general hospitals. If you are having radiotherapy as an inpatient, please bring this booklet with you.

Radical Hysterectomy

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix or uterus, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions. For some women, it can be a frightening and unsettling time. Whatever you may be feeling at present, try talking about it with someone who specialises in dealing with this condition such as your consultant or the gynaecological cancer nurse specialist. They will listen, answer any questions you may have and can put you in touch with other professionals or support agencies if you wish.

Information about your radical prostatectomy 

A radical prostatectomy is removal of the entire prostate gland and surrounding tissue including the seminal vesicles. The investigations you have had so far suggest that you have an early stage prostate cancer. 

Radiotherapy after Breast Surgery

Women (and some men) having radiotherapy for breast cancer are one of the largest groups of patients attending The Christie. This booklet has been specially written for you. 

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

This leaflet is written for people who are having treatment for tumours of the oesophagus (gullet). It will help you understand what is going to happen and will also answer some commonly asked questions. 

Radiotherapy to the skin

This booklet has been written for patients having superficial radiotherapy to the skin.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy to the prostate

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the prostate.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy to the bladder

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the bladder.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy for brain tumours

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the brain.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND)

This booklet gives you information about an operation to remove the residual lymph nodes at the back of the abdomen as part of your treatment for testicular cancer.  This is a highly specialised operation which is only carried out in a few cancer centres.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis for anal tumours

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the anus  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

This booklet for patients gives information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove the prostate using robot assistance. 

The Renal Cancer Oncology Service

This leaflet for patients explains about the renal cancer oncology service, a team of experienced cancer nurses who work closely with the doctors.  They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of people with renal cancer, metastatic renal cancer.

Reducing the risk of a blood clot while you are in hospital

This leaflet explains about how to reduce the risk of a blood clot while in hospital, why patients are at risk of a blood clot and the signs and symptoms to look for.

Radical Trachelectomy

Booklet describing the surgical procedure for a radical trachelectomy

Radiotherapy to surgical scar sites on the chest wall for patients with mesothelioma and their carers

Booklet describing preventive radiotherapy to surgical scar sites for patients with mesothelioma.

Information about your renogram

Leaflet describing the renogram, what it is and what the scan is like.

Information for parents and carers of children having cranio-spinal radiotherapy

Information for parents and carers about children having cranio spinal radiotherapy, the preparation, treatment and how to deal with side effects.

Radiotherapy to the skin:  total skin electron body treatment

Booklet explaining radiotherapy to the entire skin surface, total skin electron body treatment (TSEBT), how the treatment is given, side effects and how to deal with these.

Radiotherapy to the spine for spinal cord tumours

This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary spinal tumours.

Robotic resections for rectal and anal cancer

Information explaining about surgery to the rectum and anus using robotic surgery techniques.

Radiotherapy for vulval cancer

Booklet for women having radiotherapy to the vulva or groin areas for vulval cancer.

Reversal (closure) of loop ileostomy

This booklet has been written to provide you with information about reversal (closure) of your ileostomy.

Rectal cancer – Clinical Complete Response after chemo-radiotherapy

This information sheet can be used alongside information to patients considering chemo-radiotherapy prior to surgery for rectal cancer, and for patients who have completed chemo-radiotherapy and are found to have a Clinical Complete Response on follow-up scans and investigations.

Information for patients who have completed radiotherapy at The Christie at Oldham

You have now completed your course of radiotherapy.  If your oncology consultant indicated that they wanted to see you again in their outpatient clinic following radiotherapy (and you do not already have this appointment), we will send you an appointment letter.

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