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:


Entonox – Pain control for acute pain: Your questions answered [PDF file - 112KB]

Entonox is a well-established pain-relieving gas mixture.  It consists of two gases, 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen.  It is self-administered, giving you complete control over the timing of the pain relief.

Exercises for patients having radiotherapy or surgery to the breast, shoulder and armpit

Doing these exercises will help prevent or minimise stiffness and discomfort.

Exercises for patients having radiotherapy to the shoulder and chest wall

Radiotherapy is an important part of the modern treatment of cancer. Generally, the treatment is effective and safe. However, some patients may develop discomfort or stiffness around the shoulder.

Excision of skin lesion under local anaesthesia

Many skin lesions are removed in a small operation. If they are not very large the surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia. This means that the area surrounding the lesion is numbed (anaesthetised) so that you do not feel any pain during surgery.

Eating – help yourself

This booklet offers advice on ways to alter your diet at a time when you are concerned about loss of appetite, losing weight or because of eating difficulties. This may be because of your disease or because of the side effects of treatment. Eating can be a problem when you feel unwell. It may be hard to be enthusiastic about preparing food or eating it. For people having treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, it can be even more of a problem.

Examination of the bladder under local anaesthetic (Flexible Cystoscopy) [PDF file - 115KB]

This leaflet explains about what happens when patients come for a flexible cystoscopy (examination of the bladder under a local anaesthetic).  This allows the doctor to inspect both the water passage and bladder.

Patient care plan Treatment of Ewing sarcoma Irinotecan & Temozolamide

Care plan for the treatment of Ewing sarcoma 

Eating well – Living with and beyond cancer [PDF file - 2.35MB]

If you have a healthy weight and a good appetite then follow the advice in this booklet. This booklet offers advice on eating a varied and healthy diet.

Exchange of a nephrostomy tube

This leaflet will tell you about exchange of a nephrostomy tube. It explains what is involved and any risks that may be associated with the procedure.

Effentora tablets®

Supportive care

Effentora® 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.

Exercise classes for people having axillary node clearance

Your shoulder can become stiff or uncomfortable as a result of treatment. Doing these exercises will help prevent or minimise stiffness and discomfort.


This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as embolisation. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may help you to think of things that you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Eating well during coronavirus/COVID-19

It is extremely important to try and eat well as you continue to recover at home. This can help you build strength, reduce your risk of infection, minimise weight loss and stay well.

Efudix (5-FU) cream for Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (AIN)

Anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) is abnormal cells in the skin around or just inside the anus. It is important to monitor AIN as there is a small risk that it can transform into anal cancer over many years. Many people with AIN have no symptoms, but it can be uncomfortable with soreness, itching or occasionally bleeding.