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:


Immunotherapy hotline card

This patient is at risk of immunotherapy induced autoimmune side effects and may require treatment with corticosteroids.

These may include: diarrhoea and colitis, hypophysitis and thyroid dysfunction, hepatotoxicity, neuropathy, pneumonitis, renal toxicities and skin rashes.

Please contact The Christie Hotline on 0161 446 3658 for further advice.

Information for laryngectomy patients having radiotherapy

You will have been given the booklet ‘Information for patients having radiotherapy to the head and neck’. Many of the side effects you will experience during your radiotherapy are described in that booklet.  However, there are some important side effects that apply only to people who have had a laryngectomy.

Instructions for care of your arm after surgery or radiotherapy to the upper limb and chest wall

Any type of surgery or radiotherapy involving the lymph nodes under the arm disrupts the working of the lymphatic system. This may result in lymphoedema which is swelling of the arm, breast or chest wall.

Instructions for taking Moviprep bowel preparation

You have been prescribed an oral bowel cleansing agent which is also known as bowel preparation.  It is important to follow these instructions carefully.

Interferon therapy

This leaflet provides you with information about interferon therapy.  Please take time to read it and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Information for patients referred for oesophageal stent insertion

This leaflet tells you about the procedure to insert an osophageal stent .  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.

Infection prevention and control [PDF file 105KB]

This leaflet for patients gives information about the Infection prevention and control team at The Christie and information about how patients can help themselves while they are in hospital and when they go home.

Information about MRSA screening [PDF file - 105KB]

Leaflet describing MRSA, testing and what happens when it is found

Insertion of a totally implantable vascular access device (TIVAD)

Information which explains what a portacath is, how it is fitted, and the risks and benefits.

Information about your Strontium-89 therapy

Information explaining what the therapy is, how it is given, and the expected benefits for pain relief.

Information about your radiotherapy planning CT scan OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan

Information about your radiotherapy planning CT scan SALFORD

Information for Salford patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan

Information for patients who have completed radiotherapy at The Christie at Oldham

Information for patients explaining the system for follow up after having radiotherapy at Oldham.

Imiquimod (Aldara 5%) cream for penile cancer

Information sheet explaining why Imiquiod cream is used and how to use it.

Information about your Radium-223 (Xofigo) therapy

Information describing what treatement with Radium-223 involves, side effects of treatment and precautions necessary.

Information about your post treatment thyroid scan

Information sheet describing the preparation, process and precuations needed for a thyroid scan

A guide to your IVC filter removal

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as ‘inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal’.

Information about your parathyroid scan

A parathyroid scan is used to examine how your parathyroid glands are working. It can also identify parathyroid tissue away from its normal position in the neck. For this scan we will administer two different tracers, each containing a small amount of radioactivity.

Inflatable penile prosthesis

An inflatable penile prosthesis (or penile implant) is a medical device which is surgically inserted into the penis, scrotum and tummy through small incisions. It is used for patients who have tried all other options.

Information for patients with Clostridium difficile infection

Clostridium difficile (also known as C.diff, CDI), is a bacterium that can cause infections in the bowel. The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and sometimes fever.

Information for patients with MRSA

MRSA stands for Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staphylococcus Aureus is a bacterium or germ found on about a third of the population, especially in the nose and throat and on the skin.

Information for patients about carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) screening

Enterobacteriaceae are bacteria that usually live harmlessly in the gut of humans. However, if the bacteria get into the wrong place, such as the bladder or bloodstream, they can cause infection.

Information about the learning from deaths process at The Christie

All NHS trusts routinely carry out a review of the case notes of a proportion of patients who die in their care. This helps NHS trusts continue to learn and improve the care they provide.

Internal organ biopsy

A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is taken from the body. This can then be looked at under a microscope to tell what kind of cells are in the tissue.

Biopsies can be done using ultrasound or computed tomography (CT). Ultrasound uses sound waves, and CT uses X-rays, to look at tissues inside the body. The radiologist (radiology doctor) doing the biopsy will decide on the most appropriate method and use it to guide a needle into the right place to take a sample.

The most common organs biopsied are the liver, kidney, pancreas and lymph nodes.

Infrapubic inflatable penile prosthesis

The insertion of an inflatable penile prosthesis is reserved for patients who have tried all other options to regain their erections, but they have failed, or treatments have been unacceptable. It is also used in patients with Peyronie’s disease, and priapism.

Information for patients referred for duodenal stent insertion

This leaflet tells you about having a duodenal stent. It explains what is involved before and after insertion, including the benefits, risks and dietary advice. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Patients receiving immunotherapy after cycle 2

Homecare and outreach service
The Christie at Home team provides specialist treatment and assessment in your home.

Our outreach service provides specialist treatment and assessment at a range of locations which are closer to your home than our Withington

Information about using a vaginal dilator [PDF file 727kb]

After radiotherapy to the pelvis, you may experience some side effects to the vagina. These can include vaginal dryness, irritation and soreness. Sometimes scar tissue (fibrosis) can form, causing narrowing (atrophy) or shortening (stenosis) of the vaginal walls. These side effects are unlikely to cause any discomfort whilst undertaking your day-to-day living, however if sexually active or requiring a gynaecological examination they may result in some discomfort and difficulties.

Instillagel - information for patients [PDF file, 103KB]

You have been prescribed Instillagel to use due to pain or discomfort. This may be because of the cancer itself, or due to side effects of your radiotherapy treatment.

Insulin tolerance test [PDF file - 114KB]

Information sheet about the insulin tolerance test which checks if a body is producing enough cortisol and growth hormone.

Information about your octreotide scan [PDF file - 115KB]

This scan is used to detect certain types of tumours arising from the neuro-endocrine systems of the body. This examination is performed over two days.

Information for patients about E. coli [PDF file - 100KB]

Because E. coli colonises the gut as part of the natural bacteria, it is easy for you to infect yourself with E. coli, especially if you have open
channels such as catheters, lines or wounds; or you are immunosuppressed.