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:

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For new patients commencing a trastuzumab biosimilar

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.

For patients changing from intravenous Herceptin® to a trastuzumab biosimilar

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.

Bringing food and drink into hospital: information for patients, carers and relatives

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.