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:


Speech and language therapy

As a result of illness you may find communicating or eating and drinking is more difficult than before. Speech and language therapy is the process of enabling people to communicate and/or swallow to the best of their ability.

Spinal Cord Compression - what to look out for

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

The specialist upper gastrointestinal (GI) nursing service - [PDF file 106kb]

The upper GI clinical nurse specialist is an experienced nurse who specialises in the care and support of people with cancers that affect the stomach, oesophagus (gullet), gall bladder, pancreas and liver.

Soft tissue sarcoma

Information describing the different forms of sarcoma and how you can recognise these.

Smoking cessation services at The Christie

A free smoking cessation service is now available for all patients, carers and staff at The Christie. If you continue to smoke this may reduce the chance of your treatment being successful.

The Christie Supportive Care Team

For help with pain, palliative care and symptom control.

The Christie at Salford

Information about car parking, directions and first visit to The Christie at Salford Royal.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the outer layer of the skin. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most people treated for SCC are completely cured with simple treatment.

Stereotactive Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to lymph nodes

This leaflet aims to help patients and their families understand more about stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for cancer treatment to their lymph nodes.

Surgical oncology unit information (Department 4)

A booklet providing key information about the surgical oncology unit.

Scalp Cooling

Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Scalp cooling works by lowering the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) [PDF file - 105KB]

Shingles is caused by the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus. It is a painful fluid-filled rash on one side of the body. You may hear the doctor call it herpes zoster as this is its medical name.

Services available through the Macmillan cancer information and support centre (MCISC) at The Christie at Oldham

The Macmillan cancer information and support centre is next to the café, at the side of reception in The Christie at Oldham. Please call in to ask any questions, to pick up information or just to have a chat. If there is  no one available to talk to you or if you just want to leave a comment or ask a question - fill in a card and drop it in the white post box on the cupboard by the office door in the information centre

Stereotactive Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the adrenal gland

This leaflet aims to help patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for cancer treatment to their adrenal gland. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet 'Radiotherapy - a guide for patients and their carers'. Your clinical oncologist (specialist doctor) will also discuss the treatment with you.

Skin cancer and war pensions

Men and women with skin cancer who have served in the armed forces may be entitled to a one off payment or regular pension if it is believed the tumour developed as a result of sun exposure during their period of service.

Services available through the Macmillan cancer information and support centre (MCISC) at The Christie at Salford

At The Christie at Salford, you will find the MCISC on your right as you walk in, just before the reception desk. Please call in to ask any
questions, to pick up information or just to have a chat. If there is no one available to talk to you, please take one of the staff business cards
and give us a call. We will be able to arrange for you to come in and see us face to face if you wish or we can answer many queries over the
telephone.The MCISC at The Christie at Salford can be contacted on 0161 918 7804.

The specialist sarcoma nursing and physiotherapy service

The service is provided by a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses. They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with sarcoma.

Steroids and your cancer treatment

You have been given this leaflet because you have been prescribed a class of medication called steroids as part of your care. Steroids include tablets called Prednisolone and Dexamethasone. They can be given as tablets or injections into a vein.

Spiritual care - A guide for patients and their carers

Your – or your loved one’s – world view, beliefs or faith can be an extraordinary source of strength and resilience when facing cancer and cancer treatment. At the same time, you may find these beliefs being challenged by what you are going through.

Sick day rules: COVID-19 and the risk and management of adrenal insufficiency

As you will be aware it is important for you to increase your steroid (hydrocortisone or prednisolone) dose if you become unwell. You should already have received information and training in the ‘sick day rules’ and specific advice regarding COVID-19.

Surgery for small bowel neuroendocrine tumours

Small bowel neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are rare bowel tumours. They start in the neuroendocrine cells of the small bowel. They often develop slowly and don’t always have specific symptoms.

Short synacthen test [PDF file - 113KB]

Information sheet about the short synacthen test which checks if a body is producing enough steroid hormone.

Sleeping with ease [PDF file - 191KB]

Sleep disturbance or ‘insomnia’ can be extremely common during busy, stressful or challenging periods in our life. This may result in you finding it difficult to fall asleep when you go to bed, or ‘broken sleep’ resulting in you waking up after a few hours,

Same day discharge following gynaecological oncology keyhole surgery [PDF file - 110KB]

Information sheet for gynaecological oncology patients who are being discharged the same day following their surgery.

Swallowing exercises for patients receiving radiotherapy to the head and neck [PDF file 1,434KB]

It has been shown that regular practice of these exercises strengthens the swallowing muscles. This can help you to continue eating and drinking for longer during radiotherapy and improves the likelihood of a better functional swallow after treatment.