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:


Understanding steroids: guide for patients with brain tumours

This booklet explains how steroids can help when you have a brain tumour.  Tumours inside the skull are growing in a confined space and can cause pressure inside the skull. 

Ultrasound-guided superficial biopsy

A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is taken from the body. This can then be looked at under a microscope to tell what kind of cells are in the tissue.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to look at tissues inside the body. The radiologist (radiology doctor) doing the biopsy will use ultrasound to guide a needle into the right place to take a sample.

A superficial biopsy is where the area to be biopsied lies just under the skin. Superficial biopsies can be done anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the neck, armpits and groins.

Ureteric stent exchange

You will already have had a stent inserted through your urostomy into one or both of your kidneys, which drains urine into a bag. The stents require changing at 3 - 6 monthly intervals and this is referred to as ‘ureteric stent exchange’. It means your present stents are replaced with a new stent.