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.

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Living with a ureteric stent [PDF, 314 KB]

Because you have a problem with the drainage of urine from one, or both, of your kidneys the urologist is going to insert a ‘stent’ into one or both ureters. This is the tube that drains urine from your kidney to your bladder.

Ultrasound examination and biopsy [PDF, 112 KB]

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as ultrasound guided biopsy. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

Ultrasound-guided superficial biopsy [PDF, 137 KB]

A superficial biopsy is where the area to be biopsied lies just under the skin. Superficial biopsies can be done anywhere on the body, but the most common areas are the neck, armpits and groins.

Understanding steroids: guide for patients with brain tumours [PDF, 101 KB]

This booklet explains how steroids can help when you have a brain tumour. Tumours inside the skull are growing in a confined space and can cause pressure inside the skull. 

Ureteric stent exchange [PDF, 110 KB]

You will already have had a stent inserted through your urostomy into one or both of your kidneys, which drains urine into a bag. The stents require changing at 3 - 6 monthly intervals and this is referred to as ‘ureteric stent exchange’. It means your present stents are replaced with a new stent.

Last updated: May 2023