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:


Information about your octreotide scan [PDF, 111 KB]

This scan is used to detect certain types of tumours arising from the neuro-endocrine systems of the body. This examination is performed over 2 days.

Information for patients referred for oesophageal stent insertion [PDF, 258 KB]

This leaflet tells you about having an oesophageal 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.

Occupational therapy and cancer-related fatigue [Word, 192 KB]

As many as three quarters of people with cancer feel fatigued at some time. Cancer-related fatigue may be due to the cancer itself or may be a result of symptoms caused by the cancer. It can also be a side effect of treatment. Read how you can cope with fatigue if you’re having cancer treatment.

Octreotide injection [PDF, 113 KB]

Octreotide is used within supportive and palliative care to reduce symptoms from bowel obstruction, or high output of fluid from an ileostomy or a fistula. The possible benefits of treatment vary; your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.

Oesophageal dilatation [Word, 113 KB]

The medical team caring for you is concerned that you are having problems in swallowing. This may be due to a narrowing or a blockage in your oesophagus (gullet). To make sure that you are getting adequate nutrition and can swallow effectively, your medical team has referred you for an oesophageal dilatation (widening of the gullet).

Oncology Critical Care Unit [PDF, 134 KB]

A patient may be admitted to the Oncology Critical Care Unit (OCCU) because of an illness, for additional supportive treatment, or after a major operation for observations. This can be a worrying time, so this leaflet is designed to help you access the necessary information.

Oral glucose tolerance test [PDF, 103 KB]

This is an information sheet about the glucose tolerance test which assesses growth hormone levels.

Radiotherapy to the oesophagus [PDF, 436 KB]

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the oesophagus. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals. You may have heard about radiotherapy from people you know or from the patients at The Christie. Remember that their information may not apply to you.

Surgery for ovarian mass [PDF, 583 KB]

Your doctor has told you that you have an ovarian mass, tumour or cyst on one or both of your ovaries. The doctor may have said that he/she is concerned about the results of the investigations and that the ovary needs to be removed to see if there is any cancer present.

You can also read this information in an accessible format on our Surgery for ovarian mass page.

Last updated: May 2023