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 and immunotherapy information sheets about individual systemic anti-cancer treatments.

We've also recreated a limited range of patient booklets digitally below.

Or find it alphabetically:


A guide to understanding delirium [PDF, 109 KB]

Delirium is a state of mental confusion that can happen if you become unwell. It is also known as an ‘acute confusional state’. This leaflet covers the symptoms of delirium and explains who is most at risk of developing the state.

Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) using Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) [PDF, 179 KB]

This leaflet is for patients who have been offered radiotherapy using Deep Inspiration Breath hold technique (DIBH) and Surface guided Radiotherapy (SGRT).

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) [PDF, 104 KB]

DFSP is a rare type of skin cancer which usually occurs on the torso of the body (chest and shoulders) but it can occur on the limbs, head and neck. It develops in the dermis which is the second layer of skin and its cause is unknown.

Dietary advice and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) [PDF, 139 KB]

This information is for patients with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). A common problem caused by PMP is a change in bowel habit due to the disease pressing on the bowel which can prevent the absorption of food. You may need to change your diet to make sure you are getting sufficient nutrition.

You can also read this information in an accessible format on our Dietary advice and pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) page.

Dietary advice: reducing bowel gas during radiotherapy [PDF, 102 KB]

This leaflet provides advice to patients on how to reduce gas in the bowel during treatment with radiotherapy and a diary chart to complete.

Dietary advice: reducing diarrhoea during radiotherapy [PDF, 103 KB]

This leaflet provides advice to patients on how to cope with diarrhoea during treatment with diarrhoea and a diary chart to complete.

Donating bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells [PDF, 99 KB]

This information is written to guide you through each stage of the stem cell or bone marrow donation process. The clinical apheresis unit forms part of the haematology and transplant day unit and is run by specially trained nurses who will co-ordinate and carry out your stem cell collection.

Driving when taking strong painkillers and other sedating medicines [PDF, 110 KB]

Many medications prescribed or bought over the counter can make you feel drowsy. The current law says you should not be behind the wheel of a vehicle if you feel sleepy or unable to concentrate due to the influence of any drugs, whether prescribed or not.

DVLA driving regulations: primary brain and spinal cord tumours [PDF, 115 KB]

Read the regulations about driving licences and find out what you must do when you have been diagnosed with a central nervous system tumour.

You can also read this information in an accessible format on our DVLA driving regulations: primary brain and spinal cord tumours page.

Information for patients referred for duodenal stent insertion [PDF, 563 KB]

This leaflet tells you about having a duodenal stent. It explains what is involved before and after insertion, including the benefits, risks and dietary advice. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Radiation therapy for early Dupuytren's disease [PDF, 104 KB]

This information sheet is to tell you about radiotherapy for early Dupuytren’s disease. It describes the most common treatments, and some may not apply to you. The clinical team will discuss your treatment with you and explain anything you do not understand.

Last updated: May 2023