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:


Changes to your body after cancer treatment (vulval and vaginal health) [PDF, 149 KB]

Many women report that their illness or treatment has affected them both physically and in terms of how they think and feel about themselves. This leaflet is best used alongside talking to your healthcare professionals about changes in your vulval and vaginal health due to treatment.

Radiotherapy for vulval cancer [PDF, 1,418 KB]

This booklet is written for women who are having radiotherapy to the vulva and/or groin areas for vulval cancer. It describes all possible treatments and some may not apply to you.

Surgery for vulval cancer [PDF, 591 KB]

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

Vacuum Assisted Closure therapy [PDF, 189 KB]

Vacuum Assisted Closure therapy is used in the department of plastic surgery to help wound healing, or to keep a wound clean and sealed between multiple operations. It uses a vacuum (negative pressure) with specialised dressings.

Vaginal brachytherapy [PDF, 1,615 KB]

This booklet is written for patients who are having vaginal brachytherapy after a hysterectomy for cancer of the womb. The doctor and/or nurse will discuss your treatment with you and explain anything you do not understand.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) [PDF, 101 KB]

Enterococci are a type of bacteria always found in the human body. All of us have this type of bacteria in our intestines (gut) and in some women they are also present in the vaginal area and the urinary tract. Enterococci are also often found in the environment.

Varicocele embolization [PDF, 110 KB]

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as varicocele embolisation. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may help you to think of things that you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Vena cava filter [PDF, 112 KB]

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

Venous thromboembolism [PDF, 111 KB]

This leaflet is for if you have been diagnosed with a thrombus or blood clot. It will explain about cancer associated thrombosis and what you can expect. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the clinician reviewing you or contact your specialist nurse.

Venting Gastrostomy Insertion [PDF, 113 KB]

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

Video Endoscopic Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection (VEILND) for penile cancer [PDF, 175 KB]

This is an information sheet about VEILND which is a 'keyhole surgery' operation to remove a chain or group of lymph nodes, rather than a single lymph node, together with the surrounding body tissues in the groin).

Last updated: May 2023