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.

Or find it alphabetically:


Bowel preparation for diabetic patients [PDF file 120256kb]

You have been prescribed an oral bowel cleansing agent which is also known as bowel preparation.

Bone marrow aspirate and biopsy aftercare [PDF file 140643kb]

Following your visit for a bone marrow examination you will be able to go home. You should be aware of some potential problems that could occur.

Your guide to coping with bowel obstruction

This guide is designed to help your understanding of bowel obstruction. It explains what bowel obstruction is, how it can affect you and what can be done to help you manage your symptoms.

Information for bladder cancer patients receiving carbogen and nicotinamide

Radiotherapy department

This information sheet is to tell you about a treatment you will be having as part of your bladder cancer treatment.

Information about your barium meal

Information for patients about the barium meal examination which is used to examine the stomach.

Bone Marrow Harvest (HTU)

This leaflet has been written for patients on the Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU) to explain about bone marrow harvest (BMH).  Bone marrow is taken from both of your hipbones and very occasionally from your sternum (breastbone) using a needle. 

Basal cell carcinoma: information sheet

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is also known as rodent ulcer. It is the most common type of skin cancer in white-skinned people. It usually occurs on sun-exposed areas of skin in the middle-aged and elderly, but it may grow on any area of skin and can occur in younger people. 

Bowen's disease

Bowen's disease is a skin lesion that affects the topmost layer (epidermis) of the skin. It appears as a red or brown scaly patch and it is usual to have a single lesion. It most commonly occurs on the lower leg but it can develop on any part of the body. People over the age of 60 are more likely to develop these lesions and they are rare in the under-30 age group.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is suitable for women who have large and heavy breasts, usually cup size E or higher, who also have other symptoms. These include back and neck pain, broken skin or skin infections under the breasts.

Breast Reconstruction using Tissue Expanders

A tissue expander is like an uninflated balloon made of silastic. It is placed under the skin and muscle of the chest wall in the breast area. 

Be Active Stay Active: a guide for exercising during and after treatment for cancer [PDF file - 2MB]

This booklet contains a simple exercise programme to give patients advice about staying active and improving fitness during and after treatment.

Banding for haemorrhoids (piles) [PDF file - 107KB]

This leaflet for patients explains what to expect following a procedure to band haemorrhoids at The Christie.  This is done by placing a small elastic band around the neck of the haemorrhoid which stops the blood supply.

Bereavement services at The Christie:  a practical guide for relatives and friends

Information about the bereavement service at The Christie.  Practical advice about registering the death and sources of advice.

Information about your bone scan [PDF file - 114KB]

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

Information about your barium swallow examination

Leaflet explaining procedure for having a barium swallow

Buccolam® Midazolam Oromucosal Liquid

Information describing how to use Buccolam® (Midazolam) oromucosal liquid - a fast-acting sedative.

What to expect during the first year of diagnosis of secondary breast cancer

Whilst attending The Christie you will be given the contact details of the Macmillan secondary breast clinical nurse specialists (CNS). We are a team of nurses specialised in providing support for you and your family and friends. Outlined below is the support pathway you should expect to receive during the first year following your diagnosis. We encourage you to attend your appointment to the nurse-led clinic as this contact then leads on to additional available support, if required.

Radiotherapy to the bladder

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the bladder. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals. If you are having radiotherapy as an inpatient, please bring this booklet with you.

Having a skin biopsy

This leaflet explains what a skin biopsy is and the benefits, risks and alternatives of this procedure. If you have any questions, please speak to your doctor or nurse.

After your skin biopsy

This leaflet explains how to take care of your wound(s) when you leave hospital. If you have any questions, please see our contact details overleaf.

Bladder filling protocol

This is an information sheet for patients who need to follow the bladder filling protocol to ensure their bladder remains the same size throughout their treatment.

Blood test sheet [PDF file - 105KB]

Information sheet about what patients should expect when attending for a blood test to assess hormone levels.

Baxter Infusor guide [PDF file - 284KB]

Booklet about the  Baxter infusor (also called the Baxter pump), a lightweight, disposable device containing chemotherapy used to give a slow, continuous infusion into the bloodstream via a CVC (central venous catheter) or PICC (peripherally inserted central venous catheter).