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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The specialist gynaecology nursing service

The gynaecological cancer nursing service is offered by a team who have specialist knowledge and skills in both women’s health and cancer treatments.

Going home with drains inserted: information for patients

Your surgeon inserted a drain into your wound to remove any blood or fluid from the area.  This is normal procedure for the surgery you have had.  It is possible for you to go home with the drains attached.  This leaflet gives you some information about how to cope with the drains when you are at home.

Groin or sentinel lymph node surgery for patients with vulval cancer

This information sheet has been written to answer some of your questions about removal of the lymph nodes in your groin or your sentinel lymph node.

Having a Gastroscopy

Your doctor has recommended that you have a gastroscopy. This is a procedure using a special tube to look at the lining of your gullet (oesophagus), your stomach and first part of the intestine (duodenum).

Guidelines for management of nephrostomy tubes

This leaflet is for district nurses and gives guidelines for the management of nephrostomy tubes.

Information about your Ga68 PET-CT scan [PDF file - 115KB]

For this scan we will give you an injection containing a small amount of radioactivity called Ga68 DOTANOC which helps us to identify certain types of tumours arising from the neuro-endocrine systems.

Groin or inguinal lymph node dissection

This leaflet describes groin on inguinal lymph node dissection.  This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both sides of the groin.  It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.


This booklet contains information for men who need surgery to remove the end of the penis (glansectomy) because of cancer of the penis.

Groin Lymph Node Dissection (Surgery for penile cancer) [PDF file - 342KB]

Information sheet about an operation to remove the residual lymph nodes at the back of the abdomen as part of treatment for testicular cancer.

Gastrostomy tube insertion

This leaflet is for patients having a gastrostomy inserted.  A gastroscopy tube allows patients to be fed directly into the stomach so they receive adequate nutrition.

Information about your GFR test [PDF file - 114KB]

Leaflet describing the GFR test, preparation, what it is and what the test is like.

Going home after your latissimus dorsi with implant

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after your TRAM/DIEP reconstruction

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after a mastectomy and dermal flap with implant

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after permanent implants

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after insertion of a tissue expander

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Genetic testing for ovarian and breast cancer [PDF file - 115KB]

This information leaflet is intended to help women with ovarian cancer understand some of the issues around genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Gynaecology oncology MDT

Diagnosing and treating cancer requires a team of experts, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). Read more about the MDT who are all specialised in gynaecological cancer.

Glans resurfacing

Urology department

This information tells you about what happens when you come for a glans resurfacing under a general anaesthetic. It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s


Genotropin® to Omnitrope® switch

You are currently receiving Genotropin®. This is a brand name for the drug somatropin (growth hormone). The Endocrinology team is looking at switching to a different brand of somatropin called Omnitrope®. There should be no difference in the effectiveness of the drug but it does significantly reduce the cost to the NHS of this treatment.

Goblet cell adenocarcinoma of the appendix

Goblet cell adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a rare cancer, occurring in approximately 1 to 2 people per million. The goblet cell adenocarcinomas cover a range of cancers with different types of cells within them.

Having a combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy

Your doctor has recommended that you have a gastroscopy and a colonoscopy. This involves two procedures, one to look at the lining of your stomach and the second to look at the lining of your large bowel.

Glucagon simulation test [PDF file - 113KB]

Information sheet about the glucagon stimulation test which checks if your body is producing enough cortisol (the body's natural steroid hormone) and growth hormone.

Growth hormone profile [PDF file - 106KB]

Information sheet about the growth hormone profile which assesses how much growth hormone a body is producing. It is used to confirm a diagnosis of acromegaly or is used as a measure of disease activity.