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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Information about your skeletal survey examination (Skeletal x-ray examination)

Information for patients about skeletal x-ray examination.

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy  (SIRT)

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, also called radio-embolisation.  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.  It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s.

Sentinel node biopsy for cancer of the penis

This leaflet for male patients who have had treatment for cancer of the penis.  A sentinal node biopsy is surgery which will show whether the cancer has spread to the groins.

The specialist nursing service for plastic surgery and skin cancer

The clinical nurse specialists (CNS) aim to provide support and information to people with a cancer diagnosis.

Speech and language therapy

As a result of illness you may find communicating or eating and drinking is more difficult than before. Speech and language therapy is the process of enabling people to communicate and/or swallow to the best of their ability.

Spinal Cord Compression - what to look out for

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to bones

Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet ‘Radiotherapy – a guide for patients and their carers’. Your clinical oncologist (specialist doctor) will also discuss the treatment with you.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Spine - The Christie at Salford

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their spine. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet 'Radiotherapy –    A guide for patients and their carers'.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Liver

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their liver. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet  ‘Radiotherapy –     A guide for patients and their carers’.

Superior vena cava stent

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as superior vena cava (SVC) stent insertion.   It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

Taking long term steroid replacement treatment

Information for patients who have been prescribed the long term hormone replacement medication, Hydrocortisone.  You need extra amounts of the hormone Cortisol in your body at times of physical or mental stress or illness.

The specialist upper gastrointestinal (GI) nursing service

The upper GI clinical nurse specialist is an experienced nurse who specialises in the care and support of people with cancers that affect the stomach, oesophagus (gullet),   gall bladder, pancreas and liver.

Skin care during and after radiotherapy to perineal area

The following information and advice will help you to look after your skin both during and after radiotherapy, and reduce further problems. The skin in the area where you are having radiotherapy may be affected by your treatment.

Skin care during and after your radiotherapy treatment

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the skin. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals. Please share this booklet with your family and friends. It is important that they feel well-informed and understand what is happening. Families and carers can have a role in helping you. If you would like more detailed information about your own treatment, please ask the staff.

Skin Flap

When skin is removed by surgery, a skin wound can sometimes result. If the surrounding skin is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, skin has to be brought from another part of the body.

Skin Graft

You may have a skin wound as a result of surgery to remove a lesion as in skin cancer, a severe skin infection, or from an injury or burn. If the area is small and the skin nearby is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, then the wound can be repaired with a skin graft. Skin grafting is a surgical procedure in which a patch of skin is completely removed from another part of the body (called donor site) and used to cover the wound (called recipient site).

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Booklet describing the different forms of sarcoma and how this is treated, as well as listing support services.

Spinal Cord Compression - what it means and how it can be treated

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Smoking Cessation Services at The Christie 

A free smoking cessation service is now available for all patients, carers and staff at The Christie.  If you continue to smoke this may reduce the chance of your treatment being successful.

Skin care advice for patients having microselectron to the skin

This leaflet gives advice for care of your skin during treatment, what side effects to expect and information for after treatment has finished.

Stellate ganglion block

This leaflet for patients This leaflet explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) around the stellate ganglion, a collection of nerves on the sides of the neck.  This injection is done to treat certain types of pain in your arm, chest, face or head.

Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma

This booklet for patients gives information about sentinal node biopsy for melanoma which is a surgical technique for finding out how far some types of cancer have spread (staging).

The Christie Supportive Care Team

For help with pain, palliative care and symptom control.

Information on stage 1 seminoma

Information describing stage 1 seminoma, treatment and side effects

Same sex accommodation at The Christie

Leaflet explaining the range of accommodation at The Christie and when patients may be in shared accommodation such as the CCU

Short synacthen test

Your doctor has recommended that you have a Short Synacthen test to check if your body is producing enough steroid hormone.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy to the lung

Leaflet explaining SBRT for lung cancer treatment, what it is, how it is given, side effects, benefits and alternatives.

Information about your sentinel node scan

Leaflet describing the sentinal node scan, what it is and what the scan is like

The Christie at Salford Royal

Information leaflet about car parking, directions and first visit to The Christie at Salford Royal

The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal SALFORD

Information leaflet about what will happen when you visit The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal, car parking, directions and transport information.

Sexual health information sheet (YOU)

Information about sexual health for YOU patients

Sexual health following blood stem cell transplantation for female patients

Advice for female patients following a haemopoetic stem cell transplant.

Specialist Allied Health Professional AHP brain and central nervous system tumour rehabilitation

Information about the specialist AHP support service for brain and CNS patients.

Squamous cell carcinoma: information sheet

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the outer layer of the skin. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most people treated for SCC are completely cured with simple treatment.

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