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.
This leaflet tells you about having a duodenal stent. It explains what is involved before and after insertion, including the benefits, risks and dietary advice.
You will have been given the booklet ‘Information for patients having radiotherapy to the head and neck’. Many of the side effects you will experience during your radiotherapy are described in that booklet. However, there are some important side effects that apply only to people who have had a laryngectomy.
Leaflet describing the PET-CT scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like
Any type of surgery or radiotherapy involving the lymph nodes under the arm disrupts the working of the lymphatic system. This may result in lymphoedema which is swelling of the arm, breast or chest wall.
You have been prescribed an oral bowel cleansing agent which is also known as bowel preparation. It is important to follow these instructions carefully.
This leaflet is a guide for patients receiving Intraluminal Radiotherapy (ILT) to the oesophagus using a Microselectron machine. This is a method of giving treatment directly to the affected area by placing a fine tube into the oesophagus using a naso-gastric tube.
This leaflet is a guide for patients receiving Intraluminal Radiotherapy (ILT) to the lung using a Microselectron machine. This is a method of giving treatment directly to the affected area by placing a fine tube into the lung using a bronchoscope (flexible fibre optic instrument). ILT clears the tumour from the airways allowing more air to reach the lungs and reduces symptoms such as coughing and bleeding.
This leaflet provides you with information about interferon therapy. Please take time to read it and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
This leaflet tells you about the procedure to insert an osophageal stent . It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.
This leaflet for patients gives information about the Infection prevention and control team at The Christie and information about how patients can help themselves while they are in hospital and when they go home.
Leaflet describing MRSA, testing and what happens when it is found
Hand washing is the most effective way of stopping infections - this leaflet explains good hand washing practice.
Information which explains what a portacath is, how it is fitted, and the risks and benefits.
Information explaining what the therapy is, how it is given, and the expected benefits for pain relief.
Information for Oldham patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan
Information for Salford patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan
Information for patients explaining the system for follow up after having radiotherapy at Oldham.
Information sheet explaining what a naso-jejunal is, how it is inserted and how to care for the tube.
Information sheet explaining why Imiquiod cream is used and how to use it.
Information describing what treatement with Radium-223 involves, side effects of treatment and precautions necessary.
Information sheet describing the preparation, process and precuations needed for a thyroid scan
This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as ‘inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal’.
A parathyroid scan is used to examine how your parathyroid glands are working. It can also identify parathyroid tissue away from its normal position in the neck. For this scan we will administer two different tracers, each containing a small amount of radioactivity.
An inflatable penile prosthesis (or penile implant) is a medical device which is surgically inserted into the penis, scrotum and tummy through small incisions. It is used for patients who have tried all other options.
Clostridium difficile (also known as C.diff, CDI), is a bacterium that can cause infections in the bowel. The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and sometimes fever.
MRSA stands for Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staphylococcus Aureus is a bacterium or germ found on about a third of the population, especially in the nose and throat and on the skin.
Enterobacteriaceae are bacteria that usually live harmlessly in the gut of humans. However, if the bacteria get into the wrong place, such as the bladder or bloodstream, they can cause infection.
All NHS trusts routinely carry out a review of the case notes of a proportion of patients who die in their care. This helps NHS trusts continue to learn and improve the care they provide.
A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is taken from the body. This can then be looked at
under a microscope to tell what kind of cells are in the tissue.
Biopsies can be done using ultrasound or computed tomography (CT). Ultrasound uses sound waves,
and CT uses X-rays, to look at tissues inside the body. The radiologist (radiology doctor) doing the biopsy
will decide on the most appropriate method and use it to guide a needle into the right place to take a
The most common organs biopsied are the liver, kidney, pancreas and lymph nodes.