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:


Information about your video swallow examination

Information for patients about a video swallow which is used to examine the area from your mouth, down your throat and oesophagus (gullet) to your stomach.

VAC® (Vacuum Assisted Closure) therapy

VAC therapy is used in the department of plastic surgery to help wound healing, or to keep a wound clean and sealed between multiple operations.

Vena cava filter

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as vena cava filter insertion.  It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

Surgery for vulval cancer

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the vulval area or it has been suggested as a possibility, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions. For some women, it may be a frightening and unsettling time. 

Vena Cava Filter

This leaflet explains about the procedure known as Vena Cava Filter insertion.  This is a small wire mesh about 2 inches long.  This is placed in the Vena Cava the large vein in the abdomen which brings blood back to the heart from the legs and pelvis.  If there are blood clots in the veins in the legs or pelvis these could pass up the vena cava and into the lungs.  The filter will trap these blood clots and prevent them entering the lungs and causing problems.  The procedure is carried out in the Department of Radiology by a specialist doctor.

Vaginal brachytherapy

This booklet is written for patients who are having vaginal brachytherapy after a hysterectomy for cancer of the womb. The doctor and/or nurse will discuss your treatment with you and explain anything you do not understand. Please share this booklet with your family and friends. They can have a role in helping you. It’s important that they feel well informed and understand what is happening. If you would
like more detailed information about your own treatment, please ask the staff.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) [PDF file - 106KB]

Enterococci are a type of bacteria always found in the human body. All of us have this type of bacteria in our intestines (gut) and in some women they are also present in the vaginal area and the urinary tract. Enterococci are also often found in the environment.

Video Endoscopic Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection (VEILND) for penile cancer

Information sheet about VEILND which is a 'keyhole surgery' operation to remove a chain or group of lymph nodes, rather than a single lymph node, together with the surrounding body tissues in the groin).

Varicocele embolisation

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as varicocele embolisation. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may help you to think of things that you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Venting Gastrostomy Insertion

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as a venting gastrostomy and explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may help you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor.