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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Care of your peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)

A PICC is a peripherally inserted central catheter. It is a thin flexible tube that is inserted into a vein, usually in the bend of your arm. The PICC is then threaded along the vein so that the tip lies in one of the large veins in the chest. 

Paracetamol mixture

For patients who have been prescribed paracetamol mixture by their doctor or nurse clinician.

PCA Patient-Controlled Anaesthesia

This leaflet explain patient-controlled analgesia.  This is a technique which allows you to administer small amounts of pain relief using a machine attached to your arm.  It is connected to your drip by a tube and when pressed releases a small amount of painkiller.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy is a method of treating localised skin abnormalities and cancers. The treatment consists of applying a special cream (ALA) to the skin growth and 6 hours later shining a pure red light on it.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Information for patients who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones produced in the ovaries, adrenal gland and pituitary gland.  Symptoms of PCOS include excess facial and body hair, irregular or absent periods and difficulty becoming pregnant.

Preparing your bladder before radiotherapy

You have been referred for radiotherapy treatment. It is important for you to have a comfortably full bladder for your radiotherapy planning scan and each day for your radiotherapy treatment.

Preparing for radiotherapy to the prostate

Find out how you can prepare for your scan and treatment

Pressure area care and prevention

A pressure ulcer is an area of skin and underlying tissue which is damaged. 

Preventing pressure ulcers (info for patients and carers)

Information for patients and carers about how to avoid pressure ulcers or bed sores (areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue).  You may be at risk of developing pressure ulcers if you have problems with sensitivity to pain or discomfort, problems with movement, weight changes, poor circulation, moist skin, pressure ulcers in the past or inadequate diet or fluid intake. 

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) Info sheet health professionals

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei is a slowly progressive disease that produces extensive mucus accumulation within the abdomen and pelvis. There are three pathologically and prognostically distinct groups of peritoneal mucinous lesions.  The most classical is described.

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) Information sheet for patients

Information on pseudomyxoma peritonei

The Psycho-oncology Service

A diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult. You may experience a range of emotions and find this hard to deal with. Whilst you have your own personal resilience, perhaps the support of family and friends and that of the nurses and doctors treating you, sometimes you may feel you need some extra help. We are a specialist team who can support you with coping with the emotional and psychological challenges of having cancer.

Prostate Brachytherapy Low dose rate permanent seed implant

We would like you to be able to use this information as a basis for any questions you may have about prostate brachytherapy as a potential treatment choice for your early stage prostate cancer.

Preventing slips and falls in hospital

This leaflet has been written to help reduce the chances of people falling while they are in this hospital.

Information for patients having prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI): precautionary radiotherapy to the brain

Radiotherapy to the brain has been proved to prevent cancer spreading to the brain (metastases).  It improves survival for most patients with small cell lung cancer.  This is called prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI). The treatment used high energy x-rays and is painless.

Palliative care and pseudomyxoma peritonei PMP for health professionals

This leaflet gives information for health professionals about palliative care and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) for health professionals.  PMP is a slowly progressive disease that produced extensive mucour accumulation within the abdomen and pelvis.

Partial penectomy

This information is for men who have cancer of the penis that needs surgery to remove part of the penis called a partial penectomy.

Paravertebral block

This leaflet for patients explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) into the paravertebral space in the back.  This block is done to test if pain is due to the nerves in your chest, abdomen or leg and how to treat it.

Protected mealtimes

This leaflet for patients explains about protected mealtimes on wards where all non-urgent clinical activity stops and all staff help serve meals and assist patients who may need help.

Prostate template biopsy

Information describing the prostate template biopsy, why it is taken and how it is performed.

Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS)

PENS therapy deliveries low voltage electrical current to the fatty layer just below the surface of the skin to induce a pain-relieving effect.

Welcome to the department of plastic surgery

Information sheet about pre-admission, surgical operation, and discharge home.

Parenteral nutrition: information for patients

Information sheet explaining what PN is and how it is given.

Prostate follow-up at Townside primary care centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Ashton primary care centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Waters Green medical centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Chapel Road clinic

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Beechwood Cancer Care Centre

Information about a follow-up clinic for prostate patients.

Prostate follow-up at Hazel Grove Clinic

Information about a follow-up clinic for prostate patients.

PET-CT information for diabetic patients

When you have a PET/CT scan you are given an injection of a radioactive sugar called 18-F fluorodeoxyglucose (18-F FDG). This special form of glucose is taken up by cells in the body, in the same way as normal glucose, from your blood.

Providing treatment closer to home - Townside Primary Care Centre (Bury)

The chemotherapy service at Townside primary care centre in Bury is managed by The Christie. This means that the oncologists (cancer specialists) who will be caring for you work at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, but you will be able to have your treatment in Bury.

Providing treatment closer to home - Winsford

The clinic at St Luke's will benefit those patients who would normally have to travel long distances for treatment at The Christie. It enables us to deliver the first class treatment and care for which The Christie is renowned, closer to home.

Coming to the proton beam therapy centre at The Christie

Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy. Protons are small particles found in the middle of atoms. They can be
used to give carefully calculated doses of radiation to treat diseases. This is different from standard radiotherapy which
uses high energy x-rays. Protons release their energy at an exact point in the body. This means the dose to the tumour
can be given very accurately and there is little or no dose to normal tissue past the tumour.

Palatine ambulatory care unit -  A guide for haematology and TYA patients

This information booklet has been designed to provide an overview for patients and carers (or companions) about the ambulatory service available as part of the haematology and Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) services at The Christie.

Planned admissions and transfer suite

Welcome to the planned admissions and transfer (PAT) suite at The Christie. This information leaflet is designed to give you all the essential information about the patient journey from admission (planned or unplanned), transfer to the ward and then discharge home. We are a nurse led unit

Local phlebotomy clinics

The local phlebotomy clinics benefit those patients who have to travel long distances for routine blood tests at The Christie.

The phlebotomy clinics are run by Christie trained health care support workers to ensure that standards of care and safety are consistent with the main site. The nurse at the local clinic will also be able to access ports, CVC and PICC lines. Your blood sample will be transported back to The Christie so that the results are available to the doctors and nurses involved in your care.

PecFent® intranasal spray

Supportive care

PecFent® is used to treat breakthrough pain (a temporary flare in pain) related to cancer. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

This should be read in conjunction with the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet.

Proton beam therapy and urology cancer

There is a nationally agreed list of possible cancers where proton beam therapy might be useful, mostly in children and young adults. At present, common adult urological cancers such as prostate, bladder and kidney cancer are NOT part of the approved list.

Preparing for radiotherapy to the prostate - OLDHAM

Opening your bowels regularly, especially before the planning scan and each daily treatment, means that the shape of your rectum, and the position of your prostate remain consistent. If your rectum is full with faeces and/or gas during treatment, the position of the prostate can change making it difficult to accurately target the radiotherapy.

Proton beam therapy - Shuttle bus timetable

Proton beam therapy Shuttle bus timetable

Proton Panda Booklet (Age 1-4)

Proton Beam therapy journey booklet for age 1-4

Proton Beam therapy journey booklet - Age 5-8 (Awake)

When you arrive, you will meet the people who are there to look after you. Some of these people are health play specialists. They will help you understand your proton beam therapy and make sure you have lots of fun while you are here.

Proton Beam therapy journey booklet - Age 5-8 (Asleep)

The proton beam therapy centre has play areas, games and fun things to do. When you arrive, you will meet the people who are there to look after you. Some of these people are health play specialists. They will help you understand your proton beam therapy and make sure you have lots of fun while you are here.

Proton Beam therapy journey booklet - Age 9-12

The proton beam therapy centre is a big building which has lots of amazing machines, great activity areas and spaces for you to explore. You’ll soon be an expert in everything to do with proton beam therapy!

Should I have a penile prosthesis, and which one should I choose?

Deciding whether or not to have a penile implant and between a malleable or an inflatable penile prosthesis can seem rather daunting

Pelvic floor exercises for men

Physiotherapy department

Some men experience leakage of urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing or exerting themselves. This is known as stress incontinence and can also occur following a prostatectomy operation. Often this is due to weakness or damage to the pelvic floor muscles.


Pelvic floor exercises for women

Physiotherapy department

Some women experience leakage of urine during exercise, laughing, coughing or sneezing. They may also find they are not able to get to the toilet on time to empty the bladder or bowel. This is known as stress incontinence and is caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. It is important to maintain the strength of these muscles in order to prevent problems occurring or to increase their strength when problems do occur eg. damage to the muscles as a result of childbirth, long periods of inactivity due to illness, pelvic surgery, weakness of the muscles as a result of constipation, chronic cough, being overweight, persistent heavy lifting. This leaflet tells you how to exercise and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

PeIN (penile intraepithelial neoplasia)

PeIN (penile intraepithelial neoplasia) means there are abnormal cells or growths that can look like ulcers or warts on the surface of the skin of the penis. These abnormal cells or growths may become cancerous and spread into nearby normal tissue if not treated.

Post radiotherapy skin care advice for breast or chest wall treatments, and/or the lymph nodes

Now that you have completed your radiotherapy continue to moisturise using the moisturiser you used throughout treatment. If you have not yet used a moisturiser start using an unperfumed one which you know your skin agrees with. If you have a new moisturiser, test it on the back of your hand first to make sure you do not have a reaction to it.

Prostate follow-up at The Christie at Oldham

Your after-care appointments following prostate cancer treatment will be delivered at The Christie at Odham

Planned surgery - A guide for patients and their carers

This booklet provides you with information on having an operation at The Christie. It aims to explain the process of your surgery and answer your questions. Not all of the information may be relevant to you, so a member of staff can direct you to the most helpful parts and answer any questions you may have.