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:


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines a powerful magnet and radio waves with a computer to produce pictures of any part of the body. The detail in these pictures allows the doctor to see soft tissues such as muscle, fat and internal organs as well as bone.

Melphalan oral

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Melphalan tablets which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

Medical tattooing

Tattooing is a service available at The Christie. We use tattoos to create the image of an areola and nipple for women who have had breast reconstruction and also to camouflage some scars. The tattoos are applied with a small electric machine, which holds needles that make tiny holes in the surface of the skin to allow the dye to create shading. These needles are used once only. This procedure is carried out by the Surgical Practitioner (Plastic Surgery) in the Surgical Theatre.

Meatal Dilatation (opening to the water passage)

This leaflet describes the operation known as meatal dilatation or opening to the water passage.  This operation has been discussed with you by your urologist because there is a narrowing in the water passage (urethra) through which the urine drains out.

Information about your mIBG scan [PDF file - 114KB]

Leaflet describing the mIBG scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Multi drug resistant organisms (MDRO) [PDF file - 105KB]

MDRO are bacteria (or germs) that are resistant to at least three different antibiotics. MDRO refers to common organisms such as Escherichia coli, Acineobacter baumanii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other organisms that have become resistant to three or more antibiotics.


Supportive care

Methadone is used to treat pain that is difficult to control. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment. We may be recommending this medicine to be used for a condition it was not originally designed for; so you may find that there are some differences between the hospital and the manufacturer’s information.

This additional information will inform you of the reason(s) why you are taking this medicine and to highlight any other information. This should be read in conjunction with the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet.

Mouth care during radiotherapy to the head and neck

It is very important to keep your mouth clean during radiotherapy to the mouth or throat.

Malleable (semi-rigid) penile prosthesis

The insertion of a malleable penile prosthesis is reserved for patients who have tried all other options.

to regain their erections but they have not worked or have found them unacceptable. It is also used in patients with Peyronie’s disease, priapism and incontinence. A malleable penile prosthesis allows patients to have a firm erection so that they can continue having a sex life.

Managing anxiety about COVID-19

We are being asked to take unusual measures to reduce the rate at which COVID-19 spreads in the population. A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel threatened.

Prevent anxiety from increasing by changing your coping strategies.

Information for patients about MRSA treatment prior to line insertion

Infection prevention and control

The Christie leaflet ‘Information for patients about MRSA screening’ is included in this pack. It explains what MRSA is and contains contact details should you require further advice.

How to use micro-enemas [PDF file - 104KB]

You have been prescribed micro-enemas to use before your radiotherapy planning scan, and daily before each radiotherapy treatment, in order to empty your rectum. This allows us to be more accurate in delivering your radiotherapy and reduce the amount of your rectum that we treat. Research has shown that it is beneficial and generally has no serious side effects.

The medical examiner at The Christie

If a patient has died, a medical examiner will review the circumstances of this. Find out the process for when this happens, your right to ask questions and how the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is issued.