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.
The urology nursing service provides “key workers” for patients who are referred to The Christie for treatment.
Department of Radiology
This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as an ultrasound guided biopsy of the kidney. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss further with your doctor.
This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as an ultrasound guided liver biopsy. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss further with your doctor.
Your doctor has asked you to collect all your urine over a 24 hour period. This may be to check the function of your kidneys and/or to measure other products in your urine.
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.
An ultrasound scan is a simple, usually painless, test that uses sound waves to produce images of organs and structures inside your body.
Booklet describing the diagnostic test
This leaflet for patients explains about ultrasound examination and biopsy. This involves inserting a needle through the skin to take a small sample of tissue.
Leaflet describing the urology multi-disciplinary team, it's members and why it is important to patients.
Understanding phase 1 clinical trials [PDF file - 1,040KB]
This leaflet provides information for you, your family and friends to explain what phase 1 clinical trials are and how they are carried out.
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.
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.