The four A's

One in three people will develop some form of cancer. Aside from reducing the risk it is essential we help our patients to maximise the benefits of treatment by making and maintaining life style changes. Research has identified that just by spending a few minutes talking to health professionals in hospital settings can help you start to explore ways you can make helpful lifestyle changes.

Our frontline staff here at the Christie can help you with Opportunistic Brief Advice - these are the 4 A's. As part of promoting health and wellbeing during and beyond cancer treatment staff will:

  • Ask ….for example - Do you smoke? How often do you drink alcohol? Do you exercise regularly?
  • Advise…It will always be relevant to your health needs now. For example, '…here at the Christie stopping smoking can help with your treatment and reduce its side-effects. Exercise can help your recovery and with fatigue levels.
  • Assist… Can I provide you with information on healthy eating or maybe a booklet on safer drinking?
  • Arrange … Can I refer you to my colleague who is a Smoking Cessation Advisor?



Last updated: December 2018

Christie stories during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing all we can to make sure patients get the treatment, information and support they need. Read some stories from our patients and staff to find out what The Christie is doing at this difficult time.

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“We have seen a lot of our research staff return to the office. This has massively improved morale as it is a lot easier to connect with people.”
Corinne Faivre-Finn, Christie consultant
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