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.
Your health record: what you need to know [PDF file 112555kb]
Every time you see a doctor or go to hospital, they must keep a record of the care you received. Your record includes information about your health, appointments, treatment and test results.
You may have read the Christie booklet Radiotherapy - a guide for patients and their families. That contains general advice about radiotherapy and its side effects. This leaflet has been written specially for patients who are having treatment to the pelvis.
This booklet has been written to answer some of your questions about risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and help you decide whether this surgery is for you.
This booklet gives you information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove part of the kidney using robot assistance. It is called robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.
This booklet has been written to help answer some of the questions you may have about robotic-assisted surgery for endometrial or cervical cancer.
This booklet is written for women who are having radiotherapy to the pelvis for gynaecological cancers such as cancer of the womb, cervix or vagina.
This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the lung. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals.
For patients having a course of radioiodine treatment for an overactive or enlarged thyroid gland: treatment and precautions.
This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary brain tumours. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, and patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals.
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.
This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy, and patients come for treatments that are not available at general hospitals. If you are having radiotherapy as an inpatient, please bring this booklet with you.
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix or uterus, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions. For some women, it can be a frightening and unsettling time. Whatever you may be feeling at present, try talking about it with someone who specialises in dealing with this condition such as your consultant or the gynaecological cancer nurse specialist. They will listen, answer any questions you may have and can put you in touch with other professionals or support agencies if you wish.
Women (and some men) having radiotherapy for breast cancer are one of the largest groups of patients attending The Christie. This booklet has been specially written for you.
This leaflet is written for people who are having treatment for tumours of the oesophagus (gullet). It will help you understand what is going to happen and will also answer some commonly asked questions.
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.
This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the prostate. Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.
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.
Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) [PDF file - 204KB]
Information sheet about surgery to remove the lymph nodes in one or both groins - one of the treatments offered to men with cancer of the penis (penile cancer).
This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the anus Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.
This booklet for patients gives information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove the prostate using robot assistance.
This leaflet for patients explains about the renal cancer oncology service, a team of experienced cancer nurses who work closely with the doctors. They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of people with renal cancer, metastatic renal cancer.
This leaflet explains about how to reduce the risk of a blood clot while in hospital, why patients are at risk of a blood clot and the signs and symptoms to look for.
Booklet describing the surgical procedure for a radical trachelectomy
Information about your renogram [PDF file - 110KB]
Leaflet describing the renogram, what it is and what the scan is like.
Information for parents and carers about children having cranio spinal radiotherapy, the preparation, treatment and how to deal with side effects.
Booklet explaining radiotherapy to the entire skin surface, total skin electron body treatment (TSEBT), how the treatment is given, side effects and how to deal with these.
This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary spinal tumours.
Information explaining about surgery to the rectum and anus using robotic surgery techniques.
Booklet for women having radiotherapy to the vulva or groin areas for vulval cancer.
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.
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.
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.
This booklet has been written for patients who are about to receive radiotherapy treatment to their pelvis for soft tissue sarcoma or bone 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello, You’re coming for radiotherapy at The Christie – let me show you what will happen.
Hello, Come and see what happens when you come to The Christie for radiotherapy.
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.
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