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:


Discharge information (Gynaecology) [Word, 154 KB]

You have now been discharged from further arranged follow-up by the clinical oncology team at The Christie. Occasionally after discharge from follow-up, symptoms can develop that you may find worrying. This leaflet is to help you know what to look out for and who to contact if needed.

Gastrostomy tube insertion [PDF, 117 KB]

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

Genetic testing for ovarian and breast cancer [PDF, 110 KB]

This information leaflet is intended to help women with ovarian cancer understand some of the issues around genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Genotropin® to Omnitrope® switch [PDF, 108 KB]

You are currently receiving Genotropin®. This is a brand name for the drug somatropin (growth hormone). The Endocrinology team is looking at switching to a different brand of somatropin called Omnitrope®. There should be no difference in the effectiveness of the drug but it does significantly reduce the cost to the NHS of this treatment.

Getting active after cancer [PDF, 103 KB]

Getting active after your cancer journey has been shown to maintain or improve physical function and psychological well-being. Exercise is a safe and effective way to reduce treatment side effects and potentially reduce the risk or recurrence.

Giving your consent to treatment [Word, 148 KB]

During your care at The Christie, it may be necessary for you to sign a consent form that confirms that you agree to accept the investigation, examination, or treatment that you are being offered.

It is important that you fully understand the possible risks and intended benefits of the proposed procedure or treatment before you give your consent.

Glans resurfacing [PDF, 392 KB]

This information sheet tells you about what happens when you come for a glans resurfacing under a general anaesthetic. It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s.

Glansectomy: Surgery for cancer of the penis [PDF, 242 KB]

A glansectomy involves the removal of the tissue at the end of the penis called the glans, usually in the area under the foreskin. The operation may make the penis slightly shorter than before the surgery but the basic shape will stay the same.

Glucagon simulation test [PDF, 109 KB]

This is an information sheet about the glucagon stimulation test which checks if your body is producing enough cortisol (the body's natural steroid hormone) and growth hormone.

Goblet cell adenocarcinoma of the appendix [PDF, 118 KB]

Goblet cell adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a rare cancer, occurring in approximately 1 to 2 people per million. The goblet cell adenocarcinomas cover a range of cancers with different types of cells within them.

Going home with a drain [PDF, 177 KB]

If you are clinically well and have a surgical drain, you can still go home. This leaflet will provide the information you need to care for your drain. You will be taught how to look after it on the ward before you are discharged.

Going home with a temporary catheter [PDF, 203 KB]

Many patients will go home with temporary catheter after surgery. Before you are discharged, we will give you all the catheter supplies that you need and explain how to care for your catheter. We will also arrange for a district nurse to contact you at home should you need additional support.

Groin lymph node dissection surgery for penile cancer – 515 [PDF, 338 KB]

This information is for patients who need surgery to remove the lymph nodes in the groin. The operation is called groin lymph node dissection. The surgery is one of the treatments offered to men with cancer of the penis (penile cancer).

Groin or inguinal lymph node dissection [PDF, 114 KB]

This leaflet describes groin on inguinal lymph node dissection. This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both sides of the groin. It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Groin or sentinel lymph node surgery for patients with vulval cancer [Word, 111 KB]

This information sheet has been written to answer some of your questions about removal of the lymph nodes in your groin or your sentinel lymph node. You have been given this leaflet because you have a vulval cancer which is greater than 1mm deep.

Growth hormone profile [PDF, 103 KB]

This is an information sheet about the growth hormone profile which assesses how much growth hormone a body is producing. It is used to confirm a diagnosis of acromegaly or is used as a measure of disease activity.

Gynaecology oncology MDT [PDF, 134 KB]

Diagnosing and treating cancer requires a team of experts, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). Read more about the MDT who are all specialised in gynaecological cancer.

Having a gastroscopy [PDF, 955 KB]

Your doctor has recommended that you have a gastroscopy. This is a procedure using a special tube to look at the lining of your gullet (oesophagus), your stomach and first part of the intestine (duodenum).

Information about your Ga68 PET-CT scan [PDF, 110 KB]

PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography with Computerised Tomography) is a scanning method that allows us to detect abnormalities in the body.

For this scan we will give you an injection containing a small amount of radioactivity called Ga68 DOTATOC which helps us to identify certain types of tumours arising from the neuroendocrine systems.

Radiotherapy for gynaecological cancers [PDF, 1,539 KB]

This booklet is written for women who are having radiotherapy to the pelvis for gynaecological cancers such as cancer of the womb, cervix or vagina. It describes all possible treatments, and some may not apply to you.

The doctor or nurse clinician will discuss your treatment with you and explain anything you do not understand.

Robotic surgery in gynaecology [PDF, 180 KB]

A camera and specialised instruments are inserted through small cuts in the abdomen (tummy). These are then connected to the specialised arms of the robot.

The specialist gynaecology nursing service [PDF, 102 KB]

Our gynaecology cancer nursing service is offered by a team who have specialist knowledge and skills in both women's health and cancer treatments.

Last updated: May 2023