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:


Occupational therapy and cancer-related fatigue

As many as three quarters (75%) of people with cancer feel fatigued at some time. Cancer-related fatigue may be due to the cancer itself or may be a result of symptoms caused by the cancer. It can also be a side effect of treatment.

Oesophageal dilatation

To make sure that you getting adequate nutrition and are able to swallow effectively, your medical team has referred you for an oesophageal dilatation (widening of the gullet).

Oncology Critical Care Unit: Information for patients and their relatives, friends and visitors

A patient may be admitted to the Oncology Critical Care Unit (OCCU) because of an illness, for additional supportive treatment, or after a major operation for observations.  This can be a worrying time therefore this leaflet is designed to help you access the necessary information.

Surgery for ovarian mass

Your doctor has told you that you have an ovarian mass, tumour or cyst on one or both of your ovaries. The doctor may have said that he/she is concerned about the results of the investigations and that the ovary needs to be removed to see if there is any cancer present.

The Christie at Oldham

Leaflet for new patients to the Oldham centre explaining how to get there and what to do on the first visit.

Information about your Ocreotide scan

Leaflet describing the Ocreotide scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like

Radiotherapy to the oesophagus

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the oesophagus. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals. You may have heard about radiotherapy from people you know or from the patients at The Christie. Remember that their information may not apply to you.

Octreotide injection [PDF file - 115Kb]

Supportive care: specialist medicines

Octreotide is used within supportive and palliative care to reduce symptoms from bowel obstruction, or high output of fluid from an ileostomy or a fistula.The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Oral glucose tolerance test [PDF file - 106KB]

Information sheet about the glucose tolerance test which assesses growth hormone levels.