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:


Follow-up information after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer [PDF, 148 KB]

This leaflet describes the follow-up procedures following radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer. This is a general guide and you may have a slightly different follow-up routine from that described. Please ask your Christie doctor or nurse if you have any questions about your own case.

Haematology nurse-led clinics [PDF, 103 KB]

This is an information sheet about what patients should expect from the haematology service nurse-led clinics.

Hand hygiene information for patients [PDF, 112 KB]

Hand hygiene can protect you from picking up germs on your hands which may cause you harm. Read this leaflet to see how you can keep your hand clean and keep yourself free from infection.

Having a colonoscopy via stoma [PDF, 1,030 KB]

Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you have a colonoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your large bowel through your colostomy (stoma). We want to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. This booklet answers commonly asked questions about colonoscopy.

Having a combined gastroscopy and colonoscopy [PDF, 817 KB]

Your doctor has recommended that you have a gastroscopy and a colonoscopy. This involves 2 procedures, one to look at the lining of your stomach and the second to look at the lining of your large bowel.

Hemianopia [PDF, 144 KB]

This is an information sheet describing hemianopia which is the loss of part of the field of on the same side in both eyes.

HIV testing at The Christie [PDF, 107 KB]

Being HIV positive is an example of an underlying infection which needs to be treated alongside your cancer to get the best results. Undiagnosed HIV lowers immunity and this can affect the outcome of treatment for cancer. We also know that some types of cancer have an increased link with HIV infection.

For this reason your cancer specialist may suggest that you have an HIV screening tests as part of your general tests and investigations that will help build the best plan of care for you.

Home Enteral Feeding Information Pack [PDF, 3,464 KB]

This booklet has been designed by the department of nutrition and dietetics at The Christie to help you care for your feed and feeding tube. The information provided within this pack is in line with current enteral feeding guidelines at The Christie but please be aware local practice may vary.

Home Oxygen Patient Safety Information and Declaration [PDF, 126 KB]

Becoming short of breath can be your body’s way of trying to maintain your oxygen levels, especially after activity. Some people can maintain their oxygen levels more efficiently than others.

The main reason oxygen is given is to correct low oxygen levels, but it can sometimes help to relieve severe breathlessness. Oxygen can also be given to increase your ability to maintain your usual daily activities along with improving your quality of life.

How to give us good feedback, or how to complain: Easy read [PDF, 9,363 KB]

At The Christie, we like to know whether you are happy or unhappy with your time at the hospital. You can tell us whether we are getting things right for you or your family or friends, or if we are not getting things right.

Hydrocortisone day curve [PDF, 103 KB]

This is an information sheet about the hydrocortisone day curve to check if a patient is taking the right dose of steroid replacement.

Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancer [PDF, 589 KB]

This booklet has been written to help answer some of the questions you may have about surgery for endometrial cancer.

Radiotherapy to the head and neck [PDF, 1,479 KB]

This booklet is to tell you about external beam radiotherapy to the head and neck area. If you would like to know about radiotherapy to the brain, please ask the doctor looking after you.

Right hemicolectomy [PDF, 109 KB]

A right hemicolectomy operation is to remove the right-hand portion of the colon (approximately half the colon). This will include the caecum, ascending colon and a portion of the transverse colon. It is necessary to remove this much because of the way the blood supply supports the colon, rather than because the disease has spread.

The Hepato (liver), Pancreas and Biliary tract (HPB) specialist nursing service [PDF, 102 KB]

The HPB nursing service provides a key worker for patients who are referred to The Christie for treatment. Key workers are a point of contact for patients throughout their cancer treatment and follow-up.

Where to get help [PDF, 417 KB]

People coping with cancer are not always aware of the many helpful services they can call on. This booklet tells you what sort of help there is at The Christie and in your local area.

Last updated: May 2023