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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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.

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.