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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Information about your skeletal survey examination (Skeletal x-ray examination)

Information for patients about skeletal x-ray examination.

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT)

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, also called radio-embolisation.  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.  It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s.

Sentinel node biopsy for cancer of the penis

This information is intended for men who have had treatment for cancer of the penis. A sentinel node biopsy is surgery which will show whether the cancer has spread to the groins.

The specialist nursing service for plastic surgery and skin cancer

The clinical nurse specialists (CNS) aim to provide support and information to people with a cancer diagnosis.

Speech and language therapy

As a result of illness you may find communicating or eating and drinking is more difficult than before. Speech and language therapy is the process of enabling people to communicate and/or swallow to the best of their ability.

Spinal Cord Compression - what to look out for

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to bones

Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet ‘Radiotherapy – a guide for patients and their carers’. Your clinical oncologist (specialist doctor) will also discuss the treatment with you.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Spine - The Christie at Salford

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their spine. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet 'Radiotherapy –    A guide for patients and their carers'.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Liver

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their liver. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet  ‘Radiotherapy –     A guide for patients and their carers’.

Superior vena cava stent

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as superior vena cava (SVC) stent insertion.   It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

The specialist upper gastrointestinal (GI) nursing service

The upper GI clinical nurse specialist is an experienced nurse who specialises in the care and support of people with cancers that affect the stomach, oesophagus (gullet),   gall bladder, pancreas and liver.

Skin care during and after your radiotherapy treatment

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the skin. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals. Please share this booklet with your family and friends. It is important that they feel well-informed and understand what is happening. Families and carers can have a role in helping you. If you would like more detailed information about your own treatment, please ask the staff.

Skin Flap

When skin is removed by surgery, a skin wound can sometimes result. If the surrounding skin is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, skin has to be brought from another part of the body.

Skin Graft

You may have a skin wound as a result of surgery to remove a lesion as in skin cancer, a severe skin infection, or from an injury or burn. If the area is small and the skin nearby is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, then the wound can be repaired with a skin graft. Skin grafting is a surgical procedure in which a patch of skin is completely removed from another part of the body (called donor site) and used to cover the wound (called recipient site).

Spinal Cord Compression - what it means and how it can be treated

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Smoking Cessation Services at The Christie 

A free smoking cessation service is now available for all patients, carers and staff at The Christie.  If you continue to smoke this may reduce the chance of your treatment being successful.

Stellate ganglion block

This leaflet for patients This leaflet explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) around the stellate ganglion, a collection of nerves on the sides of the neck.  This injection is done to treat certain types of pain in your arm, chest, face or head.

Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma

This booklet for patients gives information about sentinal node biopsy for melanoma which is a surgical technique for finding out how far some types of cancer have spread (staging).

The Christie Supportive Care Team

For help with pain, palliative care and symptom control.

Information on stage 1 seminoma

Information describing stage 1 seminoma, treatment and side effects

Same-sex accommodation at The Christie

The Christie is committed to providing a high-quality service including diagnosis, treatment and care to all our patients. We believe in safe and effective care focused on the individual needs of each person. Providing same-sex accommodation is an important way to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients.

Stereotactive Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the lung

Leaflet explaining SBRT for lung cancer treatment, what it is, how it is given, side effects, benefits and alternatives.

Information about your sentinel node scan

Leaflet describing the sentinal node scan, what it is and what the scan is like

The Christie at Salford Royal

Information leaflet about car parking, directions and first visit to The Christie at Salford Royal

The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal SALFORD

Information leaflet about what will happen when you visit The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal, car parking, directions and transport information.

Sexual health following blood stem cell transplantation for female patients

Advice for female patients following a haemopoetic stem cell transplant.

Specialist Allied Health Professional AHP brain and central nervous system tumour rehabilitation

Information about the specialist AHP support service for brain and CNS patients.

Squamous cell carcinoma: information sheet

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the outer layer of the skin. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most people treated for SCC are completely cured with simple treatment.

Stereotactive Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to lymph nodes

This leaflet aims to help patients and their families understand more about stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for cancer treatment to their lymph nodes.

Surgical oncology unit information (Department 4)

A booklet providing key information about the surgical oncology unit.

Scalp Cooling

Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Scalp cooling works by lowering the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is caused by the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus. It is a painful fluid-filled rash on one side of the body. You may hear the doctor call it herpes zoster as this is its medical name.

Services available through the Macmillan cancer information and support centre (MCISC) at The Christie at Oldham

The Macmillan cancer information and support centre is next to the café, at the side of reception in The Christie at Oldham. Please call in to ask any questions, to pick up information or just to have a chat. If there is  no one available to talk to you or if you just want to leave a comment or ask a question - fill in a card and drop it in the white post box on the cupboard by the office door in the information centre

Stereotactive Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the adrenal gland

This leaflet aims to help patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for cancer treatment to their adrenal gland. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet 'Radiotherapy - a guide for patients and their carers'. Your clinical oncologist (specialist doctor) will also discuss the treatment with you.

Skin cancer and war pensions

Men and women with skin cancer who have served in the armed forces may be entitled to a one off payment or regular pension if it is believed the tumour developed as a result of sun exposure during their period of service.