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.
Your lymphoma doctor or nurse will have already told you that some treatments for lymphoma may affect your ability to have children naturally (your fertility). Because of this you have been offered a consultation with a specialist fertility doctor at St Mary’s Hospital.
Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your lower bowel. We want to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. This booklet answers commonly asked questions about flexible sigmoidoscopy. If you have more questions, or if there is anything that you do not understand, please ask when you attend for the flexible sigmoidoscopy or phone 0161 918 7292.
This booklet describes the follow-up procedures following radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer. Advice can also be found in the booklet "Radiotherapy to the head and neck"
Integrated procedures unit
We hope you will be comfortable during your visit to the unit. Our aim is to provide the best possible care and to ensure that your stay with us runs smoothly. The staff are here to help. If you need any help please ask.
Day of surgery admission (DOSA) unit and integrated procedures unit (IPU)
We hope you will be comfortable during your visit to the unit and that this leaflet will help you plan your stay. Our aim is to provide the best possible care and to ensure that your stay with us runs smoothly. The staff are here to help and if you need any help please ask.
You will be admitted to the day of surgery admission (DOSA) unit on ward 1 and return to the integrated procedures unit (IPU) (department 2) after your general anaesthetic procedure.
Flow rate and bladder scan [PDF file - 110KB]
This leaflet explains about what happens when patients attend for a flow rate and bladder scan, a simple procedure to measure the rate and volume at which urine is passed.
One of the medicines your doctor has recommended for you is called a trastuzumab biosimilar. Previously, suitable patients with breast cancer received a biologic medicine called trastuzumab (Brand name 'Herceptin®'). Instead of the biologic, The Christie now uses a biosimilar in its place. This leaflet will help you understand more about biologic and biosimilar medicines, but if you have any questions please ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor.
One of the medicines your doctor has previously prescribed for you, trastuzumab (Herceptin®) is called a biologic medicine. Instead of the biologic, The Christie now uses a biosimilar trastuzumab in its place.
This leaflet will help you understand more about biologic and biosimilar medicines, but if you have any questions please ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor.
The Christie provides a variety of high quality, safe and nutritious food and drinks to patients in hospital. Great care is taken to provide food which is right for the needs of individual patients.
Choices suitable for all special dietary requirements are available,whether medical, religious, conscientious or personal. Diet is part of the essential care of the patient. If it is not right the patient may recover less quickly.
Fasting blood test [PDF file - 105KB]
Information sheet about what a patient should expect when attending for a fasting blood test.
Fasting gut hormones [PDF file - 106KB]
Information sheet about what patients should expect when attending for a blood test to assess fasting gut hormone levels.
Preparation for treatment with fluorouracil [PDF file - 68KB]
You are starting a chemotherapy regimen containing a drug called fluorouracil (sometimes called 5-FU). You will have a central venous catheter (a line) inserted to give the chemotherapy.