Patient booklets

The Christie produces a range of patient information that covers 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.

We also offer a number of chemotherapy information sheets about individual chemotherapy treatments.

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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.

Advance care planning

A guide for patients and their carers to think of some answers to questions about current health, people involved in a patient's care and future planning.

A-Z of coping with nausea and vomiting

This guide has been written to help you understand more about nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick). It contains information you may find useful to help manage sickness.

Anticoagulant alert card

Serious side effects of anticoagulation can include an increased risk of bleeding. Contact The Christie Hotline with any other clinical queries but for any of the symptoms below you should seek emergency medical attention via 999 or your local A&E department.

Angiogram

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as angiogram. It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks. It may make you think of the things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s.

Antacid and oxetacaine oral suspension

Why have you been prescribed antacid and oxetacaine suspension? Oxetacaine is a topical anaesthetic, which effectively relieves pain when applied to the lining of the mouth and food pipe. The antacids neutralize stomach acid and prevent further irritation of the food pipe. Antacid also thickens the liquid to help carry the oxetacaine and coat the food pipe.

Abdominoperineal excision of the rectum (APER)

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as an abdominoperineal excision of rectum (APER). It explains what is involved, and some of the common complications associated with this procedure. It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your surgeon, but is intended to be used as a guide in connection to what is discussed.

Arginine stimulation test [PDF file - 107KB]

Information sheet about the arginine stimulation test to check if the body is producing enough growth hormone.