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:

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Information for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain [PDF file - 114KB]

This leaflet is a guide for patient for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain. Cancer cells can cause thinning areas of the bone.  These may be painful and can sometimes even lead to fractures.  

Radiotherapy: A guide for patients and their carers

This information is about radiotherapy. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy, and patients come for treatments that are not available at general hospitals.

Radiotherapy to the skin

This booklet has been written for patients having superficial radiotherapy to the skin.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy for primary brain tumours (including pituitary and base of skull) [PDF file - 2mb]

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the brain.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Reversal (closure) of loop ileostomy

This booklet has been written to provide you with information about reversal (closure) of your ileostomy. This following information will provide details about what the surgery involves, common problems which can be experienced after reversal and how to manage them.

Rectal cancer – Clinical Complete Response after chemo-radiotherapy

This information sheet can be used alongside information to patients considering chemo-radiotherapy prior to surgery for rectal cancer, and for patients who have completed chemo-radiotherapy and are found to have a Clinical Complete Response on follow-up scans and investigations.

Radiotherapy to a limb for sarcoma

This booklet has been written for patients who are about to receive radiotherapy treatment to a limb (arm or leg) for soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis for sarcoma

This booklet has been written for patients who are about to receive radiotherapy treatment to their pelvis for soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma

Radiotherapy to the spine and para-spinal region for sarcoma

This booklet has been written for patients who are about to receive radiotherapy treatment to their spine or adjacent tissues for soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma.

Robotic Assisted Radical Laparoscopic Prostatectomy (RALP) [PDF file - 226KB]

Postoperative frequently asked questions

Robotic surgery in gynaecology

A camera and specialised instruments are inserted through small cuts in the abdomen (tummy). These are then connected to the specialised arms of the robot.

Receiving intravenous chemotherapy or immunotherapy

The Christie at home service

The purpose of The Christie at home team is to provide specialist treatment and assessment in your own home. 

The benefit of this service is an improvement in your experience by receiving the treatment in your own home rather than having to travel to a hospital. We are currently treating patients who live in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area.

Radiotherapy for symptom control

You have been recommended a short course of radiotherapy by your consultant. The radiotherapy treatment is designed to control specific symptoms and problems, reducing the need for medications and enabling you to do the activities you need and want to do. This is called palliative radiotherapy.

Information about your referral to The Christie

You have been referred from the team at your local hospital to see one of the doctors at The Christie.

The Christie doctors have clinics in a number of other hospitals around Greater Manchester and Cheshire as well as at The Christie.

My Radiotherapy Journey - Awake

Hello, You’re coming for radiotherapy at The Christie – let me show you what will happen.

My Radiotherapy Journey - Asleep

Hello, Come and see what happens when you come to The Christie for radiotherapy.

Right hemicolectomy

A right hemicolectomy operation is to remove the right-hand portion of the colon (approximately half the colon). This will include the caecum, ascending colon and a portion of the transverse colon. It is necessary to remove this much because of the way the blood supply supports the colon, rather than because the disease has spread.

Robotic pelvic node dissection for penile cancer (unilateral or bilateral)

This information tells you about what happens when you come for a robotic pelvic lymph node dissection under 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