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.

Or find it alphabetically:

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Confidentiality of your health record: what you need to know

When you have an appointment or come for treatment at the Christie, we ask you to give us information about yourself. We keep this information, together with details of your care, because we will need it if we see you again. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: information for patients and carers

This is a general leaflet for all patients and carers to help answer questions about CPR.

Care during the last days of life

The aim of this booklet is to provide information on the care and support available for those approaching end of life.

Care of your central venous catheter

This booklet contains information about central venous catheters (CVC). These are sometimes called long lines, Hickman® catheters or similar types of central lines. The first part of the booklet describes what they are and how they are put in. 

Chemotherapy: a guide for patients and their carers

We hope that you and your family will find this booklet a useful guide to chemotherapy. It will not answer every question about your treatment, nor is it intended as a substitute for discussion with the doctors and nursing staff.

Clinical Trials Unit

Opened in 2010, the clinical trials unit provides a designated National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility for experimental medicines.

Contrast Enema

Contrast dye is injected through a tube and series of x-rays are performed to examine your lower bowel.

Christie Hotline

Information card for patients and doctors warning about signs and symptoms of neutropenic sepsis and importance of using Christie Hotline

The specialist colo-rectal support service

 

This service is offered by a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses and a radiographer. They have specialist knowledge and skills in
the care and support of patients with bowel cancer.

Cyclophosphamide for myeloma

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Cyclophosphamide which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

CTD1 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD1 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 21 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

CTD2 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD2 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 28 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

Having a colonoscopy

It is very important that you read this booklet. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact the department – you will find a phone number at the end of this booklet.  Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a colonoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your large bowel.

Information about your CT scan

This leaflet explains what happens when you come for a CT (computed tomography) scan. This is sometimes called a CAT Scan (computerised axial tomographic scan). The scanner is like a ring with a large hole, it is not an enclosed tunnel. The patient lies on the table which moves through this hole.

Telling us what you think: how to make a comment or raise concerns

At The Christie, we welcome any feedback that you can give us – good or bad – about any aspect of your contact with the hospital. We need to know if we are not providing you or your relative or friend with a good service. We also like to know when we are getting things right. This leaflet explains how you can let us know what you think.

Concerns, suggestions, compliments.  Comment Form

At The Christie we are keen to improve the quality of the service we give to our patients. The comment form allows you to let us know what needs improving and to tell us what you like about the hospital.

The Christie Comments Form (Easy read version)

At The Christie we are always trying to find better ways to help you.

The Christie Feedback and Complaints Leaflet (Easy read version) 

At The Christie we like to know whether you are happy or unhappy with your time at the hospital.

Cervical (Neck) Lymph Node Dissection

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

Cystectomy for women

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

Cystectomy for men

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder and prostate gland.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

A patient's guide to taking pancreatic enzymes (Creon)

A guide explaining what pancreatic enzymes (Creon) are, the benefits and how to take the medication.

Cancer of the appendix

This leaflet explains about cancer of the appendix and treatment by the Peritoneal Cancer Service at The Christie.

CT colonography scan

This leaflet gives you information about CT colonography.  This is a test to look inside your abdomen and bowels for any abnormality.

Collecting bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells 

This leaflet contains information to guide patients through each stage of the stem cell collection or bone marrow collection process.

Cancer of the penis

Information describing the causes, tests, staging and treatment options for cancer of the penis

Information about your cardiac scan

Leaflet describing the cardiac scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Circumcision

Information sheet explaining the reasons for having a circumcision, the risks, and description of the procedure.

Consultation with a fertility doctor: information for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer only

Information sheet explaining what happens when women having treatment for breast cancer are offered a referral to the fertility service.

Cytoreductive surgery with heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer

Information for colo-rectal patients about treatment when the disease has spread to the abdomen:  the treatment involves surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Cutaneous Lymphoma multi-disciplinary team

This leaflet gives information about the lymphoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT for short).  This is a team of healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat lymphoma.

Carcinoma in situ (CIS) - penile cancer

Information sheet describing what carcinoma in situ means and describing the possible treatments.

Carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae

Leaflet explaining what this infection is and how it is treated.

Cordotomy

The information describes the procedure for having a cordotomy which is a specialised type of nerve block.

Coeliac plexus blockade

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

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties.

After your cordotomy

Information sheet giving advice to patients on what to expect after having a cordotomy and what to do if any problems arise.

Cortisol salivary collection

This leaflet provides guidelines on collecting a saliva sample.

Checking your blood glucose levels

A booklet outlining how and why the nurse checks your blood glucose levels.

Colorectal and peritoneal oncology centre

Discharge information: things to remember

Use of the CADD Solis VIP pump at home

Your treatment has started today using a CADD Solis VIP pump. The CADD Solis pump is an electronic pump designed to administer your treatment whilst you are at home. You may also have a Baxter infusor pump attached containing normal saline to ensure your line doesn’t block between treatments.

Capecitabine for colorectal patients - Treatment Diary

If you experience significant side-effects whilst taking Capecitabine, your doctor may prescribe other treatments to relieve the symptoms and/or the Capecitabine may be stopped until the side-effects have settled. For subsequent cycles, a reduced dose of treatment may be prescribed

Clinical trials at The Christie

The Christie is an international leader in cancer research and therefore you may be approached to take part in a research study or clinical trial. All information will remain entirely confidential and you will always be approached directly to take part in a clinical trial.

Information for patients taking capecitabine during radiotherapy to the head and neck

Your doctor has recommended that you have a course of capecitabine tablets along with your radiotherapy. Capecitabine is a chemotherapy drug taken by mouth.

Complex discharge team

The majority of inpatients will be given a predicted discharge date soon after their admission to hospital. This is widely recognised as good
practice and improves the patient’s experience, helping them to feel more in control.

Clonazepam 1mg/1ml injection (Rivotril®)

Supportive care: specialist medicines

Clonazepam is used to treat pain that is difficult to control. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Clonazepam tablets

Supportive care: specialist medicines

Clonazepam is used to treat pain that is difficult to control. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your
doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell (CAR T cell) Therapy

Cellular therapy programme

CAR T cell therapy is a new treatment. It involves using your own body’s immune system to treat your cancer. Our immune systems monitor for unhealthy cells or foreign invaders such as infection or viruses. It uses several kinds of blood cells to destroy anything unfamiliar by recognising the unique protein (antigen) and identifying them as foreign.

After your MRI contrast/dye injection

Proton beam therapy unit

You have been given an injection of MRI contrast/dye to help highlight the area of interest on your magnetic resonance scan.
A reaction to the contrast/dye is extremely rare. However, if a reaction does occur, this usually happens shortly after the injection. These effects are usually very mild and do not last long.

 

After your CT contrast/dye injection

Proton beam therapy unit

After your CT contrast/dye injection we will ask you to wait in the department with the cannula in your arm for a minimum of 15 minutes.
We keep the cannula in place in case we need to give you some medication if you have a reaction. Although a reaction to the contrast/dye injection is extremely rare, there are certain factors that can increase the waiting time with the cannula in your arm to 30 minutes e.g. pre-existing conditions, certain medications etc.

After your contrast/dye injections

Proton beam therapy unit

You have been given a CT contrast/dye injection: After your CT contrast/dye injection we will ask you to wait in the department with the cannula in your arm for a minimum of 15 minutes. We keep the cannula in place in case we need to give you some medication if you have a reaction. Although a reaction to the contrast/dye injection is extremely rare, there are certain factors that can increase the waiting time with the cannula in your arm to 30 minutes e.g. pre-existing conditions, certain medications etc.

If a reaction does occur, this usually happens shortly after the injection. These effects are usually very mild and do not last long.

 

Complementary health and well-being

A guide for patients and their carers to the complementary health and well-being service at The Christie.

Concurrent radiotherapy and chemotherapy for sarcoma

Radiotherapy is used with chemotherapy for two main reasons:
1. To reduce the number of cancer cells, which could be circulating around your body.
2. To shrink your cancer prior to radiotherapy.

The likelihood is that you will have started your chemotherapy and that radiotherapy will be advised at a
later date.