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:


Guidelines for Management of Nephrostomy Tubes [PDF, 74 KB]

This advice for district nurses covers what you need to know if your patient has had a percutaneous nephrostomy tube inserted recently to allow urine to drain from an obstructed kidney, and what you’ll need to look out for.

Naloxegol (Moventig®) [PDF, 115 KB]

This leaflet provides information on a medicine called naloxegol which is used to treat constipation in palliative care and supportive care patients. It is offered as a guide to you and your family. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Nasogastric tube insertion [Word, 102 KB]

Your medical team has recommended that you have a nasogastric tube inserted. This is a tube that either enables you to be fed directly into your stomach or allows nursing staff to remove excess stomach contents that could be making you feel nauseous.

Nipple reconstruction [PDF, 114 KB]

As part of the treatment of breast cancer, the whole breast may be removed including the nipple and areola (the darker flat circular area surrounding the nipple). During reconstruction, the breast mound is created first.

About 3 to 4 months after the wounds have healed and when the shape of the reconstructed breast has settled, the nipple and areola complex can be reconstructed.

Non-seminomatous Germ Cell Tumour (NSGCT): Stage 1 disease [Word, 85 KB]

You have recently had an operation called an ‘orchidectomy’ (removal of a testicle) which has confirmed a diagnosis of testicular cancer.  This information explains what happens next.

Nutrition advice during cancer treatment [PDF, 112 KB]

Do you need a little extra help and guidance about nutrition and what to eat whilst undertaking cancer treatment? Find out about the information available to help you with easy ways to maintain a healthy diet.

Nutritional products: availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings [PDF, 326 KB]

Many special nutritional products are available if eating or maintaining your weight is difficult. Lots of choice means it can be hard to decide what is right for you. This booklet has been designed by The Christie dietitians and covers what’s available, and how to work out what’s right for you.

Surgery for small bowel neuroendocrine tumours [PDF, 129 KB]

Small bowel neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are rare bowel tumours. They start in the neuroendocrine cells of the small bowel. They often develop slowly and don’t always have specific symptoms.

The neuroendocrine tumour (NET) specialist nursing service at The Christie [PDF, 102 KB]

The clinical nurse specialists (CNS) within the NET team act as key workers for patients and provide a point of contact for patients who are undergoing neuroendocrine cancer treatment at The Christie. They provide a link between patients and the oncology team, and a link between the hospital and other health care professionals, such as the GP.

Last updated: May 2023