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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Fertility referral information for women with a lymphoma diagnosis

Your lymphoma doctor or nurse will have already told you that some treatments for lymphoma may affect your ability to have children naturally (your fertility). Because of this you have been offered a consultation with a specialist fertility doctor at St Mary’s Hospital.

Having a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your lower bowel. We want to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. This booklet answers commonly asked questions about flexible sigmoidoscopy. If you have more questions, or if there is anything that you do not understand, please ask when you attend for the flexible sigmoidoscopy or phone 0161 918 7292.

Follow-up information after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

This booklet describes the follow-up procedures following radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer.  Advice can also be found in the booklet "Radiotherapy to the head and neck"

Facet joint injection

This leaflet for patients explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) and steroid (anti-inflammatory medication) into the facet joints.  These are small joints in the back.

For patients attending for procedures under local anaesthetic

We hope you will be comfortable during your visit to the unit. Our aim is to provide the best possible care and to ensure that your stay with us runs smoothly. The staff are here to help. If you need any help please ask.

For patient attending for procedures under general anaesthetic

You will be admitted to the day of surgery admission (DOSA) unit on ward 1 and return to the integrated procedures unit (IPU) (department 2) after your general anaesthetic procedure.

Flow rate and bladder scan

This leaflet explains about what happens when patients attend for a flow rate and bladder scan, a simple procedure to measure the rate and volume at which urine is passed.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the prostate OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the prostate (Dr Logue, Dr Conroy and Dr Coyle) OLDHAM

Follow-up arrangements after radical radiotherapy to the bladder OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radical radiotherapy to the bladder.

Follow-up arrangements for radiotherapy after breast surgery -  OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the breast

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the lung OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the lung.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box).

For new patients commencing a trastuzumab biosimilar

One of the medicines your doctor has recommended for you is called a trastuzumab biosimilar. Previously, suitable patients with breast cancer received a biologic medicine called trastuzumab (Brand name 'Herceptin®'). Instead of the biologic, The Christie now uses a biosimilar in its place. This leaflet will help you understand more about biologic and biosimilar medicines, but if you have any questions please ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor.

For patients changing from intravenous Herceptin® to a trastuzumab biosimilar

One of the medicines your doctor has previously prescribed for you, trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is called a biologic medicine. Instead of the biologic, The Christie now uses a biosimilar trastuzumab in its place. 

This leaflet will help you understand more about biologic and biosimilar medicines, but if you have any questions please ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor.

Bringing food and drink into hospital: information for patients, carers and relatives

The Christie provides a variety of high quality, safe and nutritious food and drinks to patients in hospital. Great care is taken to provide food
which is right for the needs of individual patients.

Choices suitable for all special dietary requirements are available,whether medical, religious, conscientious or personal. Diet is part of the
essential care of the patient. If it is not right the patient may recover less quickly.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the skin - OLDHAM

You will usually be followed up in the oncology clinic 8-12 weeks after completing radiotherapy. We will make arrangements for your
appointment and send you an appointment letter.

Fasting instructions

To fully prepare for your admission to hospital, it is important that you read this leaflet following carefully. If you don't follow these guidelines, anaesthetic could be very dangerous for you and your operation could be cancelled on the day.