Patient booklets

The Christie produces a range of patient information that cover various aspects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Booklets are free to patients coming to The Christie and are available from the cancer information centre (department 3). The centre offers a confidential service for anyone affected by cancer. Please call in or contact us by telephone on 0161 446 8100.

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Abscess drainage

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as abscess drainage and explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.  It may help you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Acute kidney injury (AKI)

You have been given this leaflet because you or the person you care for has been diagnosed as having had an Acute Kidney Injury. Acute Kidney Injury or AKI is a sudden fall in kidney function as measured by blood tests and urine output, AKI is identified in the same way. Although named Acute Kidney Injury it is only very rare that the kidneys have been physically injured.

Antegrade ureteric stenting

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as antegrade ureteric stenting.  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.

Ascitic drainage (Procedure Team)

This leaflet explains about having an ascitic drain or catheter inserted.  Your doctor thinks that there is excess fluid or 'ascites' in your abdomen (tummy) which needs draining.  A specialist nurse from the procedure team will carry out this procedure on the Day Ward.

Arm exercises for patients following surgery to the shoulder and chest wall

Begin gentle exercises when advised by the surgeon and/or your physiotherapist and increase them each day. You will gradually be able to do more of your own activities such as combing your hair and brushing your teeth, but be cautious about exercising the shoulder during the first few weeks.

Getting active after cancer

Getting active after your cancer journey has been shown to maintain or improve physical function and psychological well-being.

Actinic Keratosis: Information sheet

Actinic Keratosis is also called Solar Keratosis because it is caused by long-term exposure of skin to ultraviolet rays contained in the sunlight. It is a very common condition in white-skinned people particularly over the age of 50.

You and your anaesethetic

This leaflet gives basic information to help you prepare for your general anaesthetic.

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

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

Advice about soft and liquidised foods

With some types of illnesses or treatment you may experience a sore mouth or swallowing problems, which makes eating difficult.  This booklet gives you some ideas on preparing soft or liquidised foods.

Advance decision to refuse treatment

A Living Will is a set of instructions that you make regarding your future medical care.  It is also known as an Advance Decision or Advance Statement.  The Christie Trust has a Living Will Policy and a form that you can use.

Admission for radioiodine treatment

Booklet giving general information for inpatients about treatment with radioiodine, and the preparations and precautions needed.

For patients with anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN)

Information describing anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN), symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Admission for treatment with Lutetium/Yttrium Dotatate

Leaflet gives general information about the treatment and special precautions and preparations needed for treatment with Lutetium Dotatate.

Adjusting to life after oncology critical care: oncology critical care follow-up

Advice to patients and carers on coping on the wards and at home after being on the CCU.

A guide to understanding delirium

Leaflet explaining the symptoms of delirium and what how to help patients.

Alcohol intrathecal neurolysis

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

Medicine sick day rules for AKI patients

Think about your kidneys and follow our 4 sick day rules:

Actiq® lozenge

Supportive care

Actiq® is used to treat breakthrough pain (a temporary flare in pain) related to cancer. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Abstral® SL tablets

Supportive care

Abstral® is used to treat breakthrough pain (a temporary flare in pain) related to cancer. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

This should be read in conjunction with the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet.

Alfentanil injection

Supportive care

Alfentanil is used to treat pain that is difficult to control. It is offered as a guide to you and your family. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment. 

This should be read in conjunction with the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet

 

Adjuvant bisphosphonate service (ABS) in the treatment of early breast cancer

You have been given this leaflet because you have been referred to the adjuvant bisphosphonate service (ABS) and chosen to start bisphosphonate treatment for your early breast cancer.

An introduction to the proton beam therapy service

This folder provides you with all the information you need to know throughout your proton beam therapy treatment at The Christie. As well as this folder you will be given other information more specific to your illness and treatment.

A guide for patients receiving radiotherapy on the MR-linac

Your doctor has discussed with you the opportunity to have your radiotherapy treatment on a new treatment unit known as the MR-linac (magnetic resonance linear accelerator). The Christie is one of the first hospitals internationally to use this technology. The machine combines a normal radiotherapy unit with an MRI scanner. You may have had MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans before at the hospital.

This machine will allow us to see the treatment area more clearly and adapt the treatment to improve accuracy.