Patient booklets

These booklets cover various aspects of cancer and cancer treatments.

If you can't find what you're looking for you can contact the specialist nurses at our cancer information centre. The centre offers a free confidential service for anyone affected by cancer. Call 0161 446 8100.

*Please note there has been a change in prescription fees since some of our booklets were published.

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Abscess drainage

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as abscess drainage 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.

Acute kidney injury (AKI)

You have been given this leaflet because you or the person you care for has been diagnosed as having had an Acute Kidney Injury. Acute Kidney Injury or AKI is a sudden fall in kidney function as measured by blood tests and urine output, AKI is identified in the same way. Although named Acute Kidney Injury it is only very rare that the kidneys have been physically injured.

Antegrade ureteric stenting

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as antegrade ureteric stenting.  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.

Ascitic drainage (Procedure Team)

This leaflet explains about having an ascitic drain or catheter inserted.  Your doctor thinks that there is excess fluid or 'ascites' in your abdomen (tummy) which needs draining.  A specialist nurse from the procedure team will carry out this procedure on the Day Ward.

The Christie nurse-led adjuvant Herceptin service

The Adjuvant Herceptin (trastuzumab) service is a nurse-led service with specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients receiving adjuvant herceptin.

Arm exercises for patients following surgery to the shoulder and chest wall

Begin gentle exercises when advised by the surgeon and/or your physiotherapist and increase them each day. You will gradually be able to do more of your own activities such as combing your hair and brushing your teeth, but be cautious about exercising the shoulder during the first few weeks.

Actinic Keratosis: Information sheet

Actinic Keratosis is also called Solar Keratosis because it is caused by long-term exposure of skin to ultraviolet rays contained in the sunlight. It is a very common condition in white-skinned people particularly over the age of 50.

You and your anaesethetic

This leaflet gives basic information to help you prepare for your general anaesthetic.

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

This leaflet describes axillary node dissection or clearance.  This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both armpits.  It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Advice about soft and liquidised foods

With some types of illnesses or treatment you may experience a sore mouth or swallowing problems, which makes eating difficult.  This booklet gives you some ideas on preparing soft or liquidised foods.

Advance decision to refuse treatment

A Living Will is a set of instructions that you make regarding your future medical care.  It is also known as an Advance Decision or Advance Statement.  The Christie Trust has a Living Will Policy and a form that you can use.

Your A-Z of Pain relief:   A guide to pain relief medicines

This guide includes a list of medicines we commonly use to relieve pain at The Christie, instructions on how and when to take them, a list of the most common side effects, what to do if pain is a problem at home and useful contacts - where to get advice.

Admission for radioiodine treatment

Booklet giving general information for inpatients about treatment with radioiodine, and the preparations and precautions needed.

Your A-Z of coping with nausea and vomiting

This guide has been written to help you understand more about nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick).  It contains information you may find useful to help manage sickness.

For patients with anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN)

Information describing anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN), symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Arginine stimulation test

Your doctor has recommended that you have an Arginine stimulation test to check if your body is producing enough growth hormone.

Admission for treatment with Lutetium/Yttrium Dotatate

Leaflet gives general information about the treatment and special precautions and preparations needed for treatment with Lutetium Dotatate.

Adjusting to life after oncology critical care: oncology critical care follow-up

Advice to patients and carers on coping on the wards and at home after being on the CCU.

A guide to understanding delirium

Leaflet explaining the symptoms of delirium and what how to help patients.

Alcohol intrathecal neurolysis

This procedure is a specialised type of nerve block.  The procedures is described as welll as the advantages and disadvantages.

After your cordotomy

Information sheet giving advice to patients on what to expect after having a cordotomy and what to do if any problems arise.

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The Baxter Infusor Guide

The Baxter Infusor (also called the Baxter pump) is a lightweight, disposable device containing chemotherapy. We use it to give a slow, continuous infusion into your bloodstream via a central venous catheter or PICC (peripherally inserted central venous catheter).

Bowel preparation for diabetic patients

You have been prescribed an oral bowel cleansing agent which is also known as bowel preparation.

Bone marrow aspirate and biopsy aftercare

Following your visit for a bone marrow examination you will be able to go home. You should be aware of some potential problems that could occur.

Your guide to coping with bowel obstruction

This guide is designed to help your understanding of bowel obstruction. It explains what bowel obstruction is, how it can affect you and what can be done to help you manage your symptoms.

Eating well for breast cancer

This booklet offers advice on healthy eating for people with breast cancer with the long-term aim of maintaining your weight and preventing weight gain.

Having a bronchoscopy

Your doctor has advised you to have a bronchoscopy. This information sheet briefly explains what will happen to you and the risks and benefits of the procedure. 

Information for bladder cancer patients receiving carbogen and nicotinamide (Niacinamide) with radiotherapy (BCON)

This information sheet is to tell you about a treatment you will be having as part of your bladder cancer treatment.

Information about your barium meal

Information for patients about the barium meal examination which is used to examine the stomach.

Patients who have had radiotherapy to the bladder

This letter is intended for District Nurses. Patients have received both verbal and written information about their treatment and will have Christie patient information including: Radiotherapy: a guide (booklet) and Radiotherapy to the pelvis (urinary tumours) (information leaflet).

Taking Bromocriptine

Information for patients about taking Bromocriptine, a medicine which is used to correct an imbalance in your hormones.

Bone Marrow Harvest (HTU)

This leaflet has been written for patients on the Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU) to explain about bone marrow harvest (BMH).  Bone marrow is taken from both of your hipbones and very occasionally from your sternum (breastbone) using a needle. 

Basal cell carcinoma: information sheet

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is also known as rodent ulcer. It is the most common type of skin cancer in white-skinned people. It usually occurs on sun-exposed areas of skin in the middle-aged and elderly, but it may grow on any area of skin and can occur in younger people. 

Bowen's Disease: Information sheet

Bowen's disease is a skin lesion that affects the topmost layer (epidermis) of the skin. It appears as a red or brown scaly patch and it is usual to have a single lesion. It most commonly occurs on the lower leg but it can develop on any part of the body. People over the age of 60 are more likely to develop these lesions and they are rare in the under-30 age group.

Breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) is suitable for women who have large and heavy breasts, usually cup size E or higher, who also have other symptoms. These include back and neck pain, broken skin or skin infections under the breasts.

Bladder reconstruction (neo-bladder) info about your operation.

This booklet is for people who have been advised by their urologist that they need to have a cystectomy (removal of the bladder) and who may be suitable to have a new bladder reconstructed out of bowel tissue.

Breast Reconstruction using Tissue Expanders

A tissue expander is like an uninflated balloon made of silastic. It is placed under the skin and muscle of the chest wall in the breast area. 

Be Active Stay Active: a guide for exercising during and after treatment for cancer

The aim of this booklet is to teach you a simple exercise programme and give you advice about staying active and improving your fitness.  This will help you to improve your quality of life during and after treatment for cancer.

Banding for haemorrhoids (piles)

This leaflet for patients explains what to expect following a procedure to band haemorrhoids at The Christie.  This is done by placing a small elastic band around the neck of the haemorrhoid which stops the blood supply.

Blood tests

Your doctor has recommended that you have some blood tests to assess your hormone levels.

Bereavement services at The Christie:  a practical guide for relatives and friends

Information about the bereavement service at The Christie.  Practical advice about registering the death and sources of advice.

Information about your bone scan

Leaflet  describing the bone scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Information about your barium swallow examination

Leaflet explaining procedure for having a barium swallow

Borderline ovarian tumours (Network booklet)

Information sheet explaining what borderline ovarian tumours are and how they are treated.

Buccolam® Midazolam Oromucosal Liquid 5mg/ml

Information describing how to use Buccolam® (Midazolam) oromucosal liquid - a fast-acting sedative.

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Changes to your voice during and following radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box)

Radiotherapy can result in a dry, sore and swollen throat. Radiation to the larynx will affect your vocal cords, producing changes to your voice.

Confidentiality of your health record: what you need to know

When you have an appointment or come for treatment at the Christie, we ask you to give us information about yourself. We keep this information, together with details of your care, because we will need it if we see you again. 

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: information for patients and carers

This is a general leaflet for all patients and carers to help answer questions about CPR.

Care during the last days of life

The aim of this booklet is to provide information on the care and support available for those approaching end of life.

Care of your central venous catheter

This booklet contains information about central venous catheters (CVC). These are sometimes called long lines, Hickman® catheters or similar types of central lines. The first part of the booklet describes what they are and how they are put in. 

Chemotherapy: a guide for patients and their carers

We hope that you and your family will find this booklet a useful guide to chemotherapy. It will not answer every question about your treatment, nor is it intended as a substitute for discussion with the doctors and nursing staff.

Christie Urology Nursing Service

The urology nursing service provides “key workers” for patients who are referred to The Christie for treatment.

Clinical Trials Unit

Opened in 2010, the clinical trials unit provides a designated National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility for experimental medicines.

Contrast Enema

Contrast dye is injected through a tube and series of x-rays are performed to examine your lower bowel.

Christie Hotline

Information card for patients and doctors warning about signs and symptoms of neutropenic sepsis and importance of using Christie Hotline

The specialist colorectal support service

 

Information about The Christie specialist colorectal support service.  They are a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses and a radiographer who have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with bowel cancer.

Taking Carbimazole or Propylthiouracil

Information for patients about taking Carbimazole and Propylthiouracil to control the over activity of your thyroid gland (thyrotoxicosis).

Cyclophosphamide for myeloma

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Cyclophosphamide which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

CTD1 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD1 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 21 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

CTD2 (Myeloma)

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about the treatment CTD2 which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma. This treatment consists of three tablets: cyclophosphamide, thalidomide and dexamethasone and is given in in cycles lasting 28 days (up to a maximum of six cycles).

Having a colonoscopy

It is very important that you read this booklet. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact the department – you will find a phone number at the end of this booklet.  Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a colonoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your large bowel.

Information about your CT scan

This leaflet explains what happens when you come for a CT (computed tomography) scan. This is sometimes called a CAT Scan (computerised axial tomographic scan). The scanner is like a ring with a large hole, it is not an enclosed tunnel. The patient lies on the table which moves through this hole.

Telling us what you think: how to make a comment or raise concerns

At The Christie, we welcome any feedback that you can give us – good or bad – about any aspect of your contact with the hospital. We need to know if we are not providing you or your relative or friend with a good service. We also like to know when we are getting things right. This leaflet explains how you can let us know what you think.

Concerns, suggestions, compliments.  Comment Form

At The Christie we are keen to improve the quality of the service we give to our patients. The comment form allows you to let us know what needs improving and to tell us what you like about the hospital.

The Christie Comments Form (Easy read version)

At The Christie we are always trying to find better ways to help you.

The Christie Feedback and Complaints Leaflet (Easy read version) 

At The Christie we like to know whether you are happy or unhappy with your time at the hospital.

Cervical (Neck) Lymph Node Dissection

This leaflet describes cervical lymph node dissection or clearance.  This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both sides of the neck.  It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Cystectomy for women

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

Cystectomy for men

Cystectomy is the medical term for the removal of the bladder and prostate gland.  This leaflet explains what a cystectomy involves, what happens during the operation, possible side effects and after care.

A patient's guide to taking pancreatic enzymes (Creon)

A guide explaining what pancreatic enzymes (Creon) are, the benefits and how to take the medication.

Cancer of the appendix

This leaflet explains about cancer of the appendix and treatment by the Pseudomyxoma Tumour Service at The Christie.

CT colonography scan

This leaflet gives you information about CT colonography.  This is a test to look inside your abdomen and bowels for any abnormality.

Collecting bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells 

This leaflet contains information to guide patients through each stage of the stem cell collection or bone marrow collection process.

The Complementary Therapy drop-in service for all patients and their carers

This leaflet gives information about when and where complementary therapy drop-in sessions are held, and what therapies are available.

Cortisol day curve

Your doctor has recommended that you have a Coristol day curve to check how much cortisol your body is producing.

Cancer of the penis

Information describing the causes, tests, staging and treatment options for cancer of the penis

Information about your cardiac scan

Leaflet describing the cardiac scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Circumcision

Information sheet explaining the reasons for having a circumcision, the risks, and description of the procedure.

Consultation with a fertility doctor: information for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer only

Information sheet explaining what happens when women having treatment for breast cancer are offered a referral to the fertility service.

Cytoreductive surgery with heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer

Information for colo-rectal patients about treatment when the disease has spread to the abdomen:  the treatment involves surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

Changes to the pharmacy service from 15 April 2013

Short leaflet about changes to the pharmacy service.

Cutaneous Lymphoma multi-disciplinary team

This leaflet gives information about the lymphoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT for short).  This is a team of healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat lymphoma.

Carcinoma in situ (CIS) - penile cancer

Information sheet describing what carcinoma in situ means and describing the possible treatments.

Carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae

Leaflet explaining what this infection is and how it is treated.

Cordotomy

The information describes the procedure for having a cordotomy which is a specialised type of nerve block.

Coeliac plexus blockade

This is a specialised type of nerve block.  The procedure is described and the advantages and disadvantages.

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties.

Cortisol salivary collection

This leaflet provides guidelines on collecting a saliva sample.

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Department of nutrition and dietetics - A guide for inpatients

 

The department consists of registered dietitians who are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition-related problems.

Dietetic and speech therapy services in head and neck cancer care

As part of your treatment journey for cancer to the head and neck, you will come across many healthcare professionals at various stages.

Discharge information (Gynaecology)

Information for gynae patients discharged after follow-up giving symptoms to look out for and who to contact for help.

Driving when you are taking strong pain-killers and other sedating medicines

This leaflet gives details of which medications prescribed or bought over the counter can make you feel drowsy.

Dietary advice and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP)

This booklet is for patients with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). A common problem caused by PMP is a change in bowel habit due to the disease pressing on the bowel which can prevent the absorption of food.  You may need to change your diet to make sure you are getting sufficient nutrition.

Donating bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells

This booklet has been written for relatives who are potential bone marrow or stem cell donors to guide you through each stage of the donation process.

Dexamethasone suppression test

Your doctor has recommended that you have a dexamethasone suppression test to determine whether your body is producing too much of the hormone cortisol.

Day-to-day pathway for CPOC patients 

Information for patients to describe the day to day routine when admitted for surgery for a peritoneal tumour

Discharge information following the Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP)

Discharge information following the Enhanced Recovery Programme

Denervation procedures

Information sheet describing the procedure, what happens on the day of treatment and the side effects.

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protruberans (DFSP)

Information sheet explaining what DFSP is and how it is treated.

Dietary advice: reducing bowel gas during radiotherapy

Advice to patients on how to reduce gas in the bowel during treatment with radiotherapy and a diary chart to complete.

Discharge advice for patients who have had an epidural analgesia

Advice to patients who have had an epidural analgesia and what to do if they have any problems after discharge.

Dietary advice: reducing diarrhoea during radiotherapy

Advice to patients on how to cope with diarrhoea during treatment with diarrhoea and a diary chart to complete.

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Eating well with diabetes when you have a poor appetite

A guide for patients with diabetes and their carers

Exercises for patients having radiotherapy or surgery to the breast, shoulder and armpit

 

Doing these exercises will help prevent or minimise stiffness and discomfort.

Exercises for patients having radiotherapy to the shoulder and chest wall

Radiotherapy is an important part of the modern treatment of cancer. Generally, the treatment is
effective and safe. However, some patients may develop discomfort or stiffness around the shoulder.

Excision of skin lesion under local anaesthesia: about local anaesthesia

Many skin lesions are removed in a small operation. If they are not very large the surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia. This means that the area surrounding the lesion is numbed (anaesthetised) so that you do not feel any pain during surgery.

Eating – help yourself

This booklet offers advice on ways to alter your diet at a time when you are concerned about loss of appetite, losing weight or because of eating difficulties. This may be because of your disease or because of the side effects of treatment. Eating can be a problem when you feel unwell. It may be hard to be enthusiastic about preparing food or eating it. For people having treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, it can be even more of a problem.

Epidurals for pain relief after surgery

This leaflet explains what to expect when you have had an epidural anaesthetic after your operation.  An epidural is done by injecting local anaesthetic through a fine plastic tube into the epidural space in your back close to where nerves pass through close to your spine.  As a result the nerve messages are blocked causing numbness.

Examination of the bladder under local anaesthetic (Flexible Cystoscopy)

This leaflet explains about what happens when patients come for a flexible cystoscopy (examination of the bladder under a local anaesthetic).  This allows the doctor to inspect both the water passage and bladder.

Patient care plan Treatment of Ewing sarcoma Irinotecan & Temozolamide

Care plan for the treatment of Ewing sarcoma 

Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP)

Information about Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERP)

Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer

Booklet giving advice about what to eat and what not to eat following treatment.

Epidural injection, Dorsal Root Ganglion Block, Sacral Root Block

Information sheet describing the procedure, what happens on the day of treatment and the side effects.

Examination under anaesthetic (Network booklet)

Information sheet explaining what an EUA is and why it is used.

Exchange of a nephrostomy tube

This leaflet will tell you about exchange of a nephrostomy tube. It explains what is involved and any risks that may be associated with the procedure.

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Fertility referral information for women with a lymphoma diagnosis

Your lymphoma doctor or nurse will have already told you that some treatments for lymphoma may affect your ability to have children naturally (your fertility). Because of this you have been offered a consultation with a specialist fertility doctor at St Mary’s Hospital.

Having a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Your doctor or nurse practitioner has recommended that you need a flexible sigmoidoscopy. This is a procedure to look at the lining of your lower bowel. We want to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. This booklet answers commonly asked questions about flexible sigmoidoscopy. If you have more questions, or if there is anything that you do not understand, please ask when you attend for the flexible sigmoidoscopy or phone 0161 918 7292.

Follow-up information after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

This booklet describes the follow-up procedures following radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer.  Advice can also be found in the booklet "Radiotherapy to the head and neck"

Facet joint injection

This leaflet for patients explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) and steroid (anti-inflammatory medication) into the facet joints.  These are small joints in the back.

For patients attending for procedures under local anaesthetic SDCU

This leaflet is for patients attending the surgical day case unit for a procedure under local anaesthetic.  It gives opening hours and contact details for the unit, information about what to expect on the day of the procedure and going home.

For patient attending for procedures under general anaesthetic SDCU

This leaflet is for patients attending the surgical day case unit for a procedure under a general anaesthetic.  It gives opening hours and contact details for the unit, information about what to expect on the day of the procedure and going home.

Flow rate and bladder scan

This leaflet explains about what happens when patients attend for a flow rate and bladder scan, a simple procedure to measure the rate and volume at which urine is passed.

Fasting gut hormones blood tests

Your doctor has recommended that you have blood tests to measure your fasting gut hormones.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the prostate (Dr Logue and Dr Alam patients) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the prostate (Dr Logue and Dr Alam patients)

Follow-up arrangements after radical radiotherapy to the bladder OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radical radiotherapy to the bladder.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the prostate (Dr Choudhury and Dr Conroy) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the prostate (Dr Choudhury and Dr Conroy patients)

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the breast OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the breast

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the lung OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the lung.

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the rectum (long-course) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the rectum (long course).

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the larynx (voice box).

Follow-up arrangements after radiotherapy to the rectum (pre-operative, long-course) OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about follow-up arrangements following radiotherapy to the rectum (pre-operative, long-course)

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Getting active after cancer

Getting active after your cancer journey has been shown to maintain or improve physical function and psychological well-being.

The Specialist Gynaecology Nursing Service

The gynaecological cancer nursing service is offered by a team who have specialist knowledge and skills in both women’s health and cancer treatments.

Going home with drains inserted: information for patients

Your surgeon inserted a drain into your wound to remove any blood or fluid from the area.  This is normal procedure for the surgery you have had.  It is possible for you to go home with the drains attached.  This leaflet gives you some information about how to cope with the drains when you are at home.

Groin or sentinel lymph node surgery for patients with vulval cancer

This information sheet has been written to answer some of your questions about removal of the lymph nodes in your groin or your sentinel lymph node.

The experience of grief 

Information about how to deal with grief: normal feelings and problems and how to  find help and support.

Having a Gastroscopy

Your doctor has recommended that you have a gastroscopy. This is a procedure using a special tube to look at the lining of your gullet (oesophagus), your stomach and first part of the intestine (duodenum).

Guidelines for management of nephrostomy tubes

This leaflet is for district nurses and gives guidelines for the management of nephrostomy tubes.

Information about your Ga68 PET-CT scan

For this scan we will give you an injection containing a small amount of radioactivity called Ga68 DOTANOC which helps us to identify certain types of tumours arising from the neuro-endocrine systems.

Groin or inguinal lymph node dissection

This leaflet describes groin on inguinal lymph node dissection.  This means removing the lymph nodes or glands from one or both sides of the groin.  It is major surgery and is carried out under a general anaesthetic.

Glansectomy

This booklet contains information for men who need surgery to remove the end of the penis (glansectomy) because of cancer of the penis.

Groin Lymph Node Dissection (Surgery for penile cancer)

This booklet is for patients who need surgery to remove the lymph nodes in one or both groins.  This surgery is one of the treatments offered to men with cancer of the penis (penile cancer).

Gastrostomy tube insertion

This leaflet is for patients having a gastrostomy inserted.  A gastroscopy tube allows patients to be fed directly into the stomach so they receive adequate nutrition.

Glucagon stimulation test

Your doctor has recommended that you have a Glucagon Stimulation Test to check if your body is producing enough cortisol (this is your body's natural steroid hormone) and growth hormone.

Growth hormone profile

Your doctor has recommended that you have a growth hormone profile to assess how much growth hormone your body is producing.  This will confirm a diagnosis of acromegaly or is used as a measure of disease activity.

Going home and the future after an allogeneic transplant

Booklet to give patients and their families information about going home following an allogeneic stem cell transplant.

Going home and the future after an autologous stem cell transplant

Booklet to give patients and their families information about going home following an autologous stem cell transplant.

Information about your GFR test

Leaflet describing the GFR test, preparation, what it is and what the test is like.

Going home after your latisimus dorsi reconstruction

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after your TRAM/DIEP reconstruction

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after a mastectomy and dermal flap with implant

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after permanent implants

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

Going home after insertion of a tissue expander

Some advice on how to take care of yourself after breast surgery

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High dose rate prostate brachytherapy as monotherapy

Your oncologist or specialist doctor has recommended that you may benefit from high dose rate brachytherapy (HDR). This information booklet aims to tell you about this treatment.

Hypothyroidism

Information for patients about Hypothyroidism when the body fails to produce enough of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine.  Thyroxine is produced by the thyroid gland in the neck and keeps all bodily functions occurring at the correct rate.

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy HIPEC

Intraoperative chemotherapy is chemotherapy given into the abdomen during surgery.  Post-operative intraperitoneal chemotherapy is chemotherapy given into the abdomen after surgery.  This information sheet describes your treatment and answers commonly asked questions.

Hysterectomy for endometrial cancer

This booklet has been written to help answer some of the questions you may have about surgery for endometrial cancer. If you have recently been diagnosed with endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the womb), it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions.

HTU & Myeloma:  Supportive Medications

This leaflet explains about supportive 'preventative' medications myeloma patients may be given alongside their chemotherapy.

High dose rate prostate brachytherapy (HDR)

A booklet explaining the use of high dose rate prostate brachytherapy for prostate cancer treatment.

Hydrocortisone day curve

Your doctor has recommended that you have a hydrocortisone day curve to check if you are taking the right dose of steroid replacement.

HIV testing at The Christie

Information about HIV testing, why it is needed and how the test is taken.

Hemianopia

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

The Haematology Multi-disciplinary team

Leaflet describing the role of the MDT and the members of the team.

Where to get help

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.

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Information for patients referred for duodenal stent insertion

This leaflet tells you about having a duodenal stent. It explains what is involved before and after insertion, including the benefits, risks and dietary advice.

Information for laryngectomy patients having radiotherapy

You will have been given the booklet ‘Information for patients having radiotherapy to the head and neck’. Many of the side effects you will experience during your radiotherapy are described in that booklet.  However, there are some important side effects that apply only to people who have had a laryngectomy.

Information about your PET-CT scan

Leaflet describing the PET-CT scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like

Instructions for care of your arm after surgery or radiotherapy to the upper limb and chest wall

Any type of surgery or radiotherapy involving the lymph nodes under the arm disrupts the working of the lymphatic system. This may result in lymphoedema which is swelling of the arm, breast or chest wall.

Instructions for taking Moviprep bowel preparation

You have been prescribed an oral bowel cleansing agent which is also known as bowel preparation.  It is important to follow these instructions carefully.

Information for patients receiving intraluminal radiotherapy to the oesophagus (ILT)

This leaflet is a guide for patients receiving Intraluminal Radiotherapy (ILT) to the oesophagus using a Microselectron machine.  This is a method of giving treatment directly to the affected area by placing a fine tube into the oesophagus using a naso-gastric tube.

Information for patients receiving intraminal radiotherapy to the lung (ILT)

This leaflet is a guide for patients receiving Intraluminal Radiotherapy (ILT) to the lung using a Microselectron machine.  This is a method of giving treatment directly to the affected area by placing a fine tube into the lung using a bronchoscope (flexible fibre optic instrument).  ILT clears the tumour from the airways allowing more air to reach the lungs and reduces symptoms such as coughing and bleeding.

Interferon therapy

This leaflet provides you with information about interferon therapy.  Please take time to read it and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Information for patients referred for oesophageal stent insertion

This leaflet tells you about the procedure to insert an osophageal stent .  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.

Infection prevention and control and you

This leaflet for patients gives information about the Infection prevention and control team at The Christie and information about how patients can help themselves while they are in hospital and when they go home.

Information about MRSA screening

Leaflet describing MRSA, testing and what happens when it is found

Insulin tolerance test

Your doctor has recommended that you have an insulin tolerance test to check if your body is producing enough cortisol and growth hormone.

Infection prevention and control - Information for patients about hand hygiene

Hand washing is the most effective way of stopping infections - this leaflet explains good hand washing practice.

Insertion of a totally implantable vascular access device (TIVAD) or portacath

Information which explains what a portacath is, how it is fitted, and the risks and benefits.

Intravenous methylprednisolone for thyroid eye disease

Leaflet explaining how steroid medication can be used for thyroid eye disease

Information about your Strontium-89 therapy

Information explaining what the therapy is, how it is given, and the expected benefits for pain relief.

Information about your radiotherapy planning CT scan OLDHAM

Information for Oldham patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan

Information about your radiotherapy planning CT scan SALFORD

Information for Salford patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan

Information about your radiotherapy planning CT scan SALFORD

Information for Salford patients about radiotherapy planning CT scan

Information for patients who have completed radiotherapy at The Christie at Oldham

Information for patients explaining the system for follow up after having radiotherapy at Oldham.

Information for patients having a naso-jejunal tube for feeding post transplant

Information sheet explaining what a naso-jejunal is, how it is inserted and how to care for the tube.

Imiquimod (Aldara 5%) cream for penile cancer

Information sheet explaining why Imiquiod cream is used and how to use it.

Information about your Radium-223 (Xofigo) therapy

Information describing what treatement with Radium-223 involves, side effects of treatment and precautions necessary.

A guide to your IVC filter removal

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as ‘inferior vena cava (IVC) filter removal’.

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Ketamine

This leaflet provides information on a medicine called ketamine which is used to treat pain that is difficult to control. 

Kerato Acanthoma: Information sheet

Kerato acanthoma (KA) is a skin lesion that develops on sun-exposed areas such as the face, forearms, back of hands and lower leg. It affects the middle-aged, elderly, and mostly white-skinned people. 

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Lymphoma Association Clinical Nurse Specialist

Information about the Christie Lymphoma Nurse Specialised who is an experienced cancer nurse who specialised in the care and support of people with Hodgkin Lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Low fibre recipes

Low fibre recipes from the department of nutrition & dietetics at The Christie

Information sheet for laryngectomy patients having radiotherapy

This leaflet describes some of the side effects patients who have had a laryngectomy may experience and how to reduce them.

Living with a ureteric stent

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.

Lymphoma Multi-disciplinary team

This leaflet gives information about the lymphoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT for short).  This is a team of healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to diagnose and treat lymphoma.

Lung cancer specialist nurses

The lung nurse specialists at the Christie provide specialist nursing expertise and advice to patients and carers about lung cancer.

Life Ahead Plan (late effects)

Life Ahead Plan booklet allows patients to record information about their treatment and future plans when treatment is completed.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancer

Booklet describing the surgical procedure for a lararoscopic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer.

Lymphoid malignancies

A patient guide to services for CLL at The Christie

Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy

Information about surgery for cancer of the cervix or uterus with laparoscopic radical hysterectomy.

Laparoscopic surgery for colon and rectal cancer

Information for patients having laparoscopic surgery for colon and rectal cancer explaining the technique and advantages of this procedure.

Low grade mucinous neoplasm l (LAMN l)

Information explaining what LAMN l is, diagnosis, and treatment.

Laparascopic cyto-reductive surgery & HIPEC (heated intra-peritoneal chemotherapy)

Information describing the this procedures and the advantages of laparoscopic cyto-reductive surgery for PMP with HIPEC.

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Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines a powerful magnet and radio waves with a computer to produce pictures of any part of the body. The detail in these pictures allows the doctor to see soft tissues such as muscle, fat and internal organs as well as bone.

Macmillan Secondary Breast Nurse Specialist Service

The Christie secondary breast care nursing service is a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses who have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with secondary breast cancer and locally advanced breast cancer.

Melphalan oral

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Melphalan tablets which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

Medical tattooing

Tattooing is a service available at The Christie. We use tattoos to create the image of an areola and nipple for women who have had breast reconstruction and also to camouflage some scars. The tattoos are applied with a small electric machine, which holds needles that make tiny holes in the surface of the skin to allow the dye to create shading. These needles are used once only. This procedure is carried out by the Surgical Practitioner (Plastic Surgery) in the Surgical Theatre.

Mouth Care during radiotherapy to the head and neck

Keeping your mouth clean during radiotherapy to the mouth or throat is very important.  It can help to reduce pain and soreness, prevent infection, and help you to continue eating and drinking.

Meatal Dilatation (opening to the water passage)

This leaflet describes the operation known as meatal dilatation or opening to the water passage.  This operation has been discussed with you by your urologist because there is a narrowing in the water passage (urethra) through which the urine drains out.

Specialist Myeloma Nursing Service

The Christie myeloma nursing service is offered by a team of experienced cancer nurses.  They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of people with multiple myeloma and related conditions.

Information about your mIBG scan

Leaflet describing the mIBG scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Providing chemotherapy closer to home

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Trafford

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Hyde

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Chadderton

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Rochdale

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

Mobile Chemotherapy Unit - Bolton

Leaflet explaining that the mobile chemo unit will allow patients to have chemo closer to home.

My shared care record 

Record folder for patients and staff to enter treatment details.

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Nasogastric tube insertion

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.

Nephrostogram

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

Nutritional products: availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings

There are now many special nutritional drinks and puddings available to help when eating is difficult. With so much choice it can be hard to decide what is right for you. This booklet has been designed by The Christie dieticians to show you: What nutritional drinks are available.  What nutritional drinks are the most suitable for you. 

Nipple reconstruction 

As part of your treatment for breast cancer, the whole breast may be removed including the nipple and areola.  This leaflet describes the various methods of nipple reconstruction following surgery.

Non-Seminomatous Germ Cell Tumours (NGCT): Stage 1 Disease

Information sheet about stage 1 disease for non-seminomatous germ cell tumours, treatment and side effects.

Neurolytic procedures

Information sheet describing the procedure, what happens on the day of treatment and the side effects.

Neuro-oncology service DVLA driving regulations: central nervous system tumours

This leaflet explains the regulations about driving licences when you have been diagnosed with a central nervous system tumour.

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Occupational therapy and cancer-related fatigue

As many as three quarters (75%) 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.

Oesophageal dilatation

To make sure that you getting adequate nutrition and are able to swallow effectively, your medical team has referred you for an oesophageal dilatation (widening of the gullet).

Oncology Critical Care Unit: Information for patients and their relatives, friends and visitors

 

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 therefore this leaflet is designed to help you access the necessary information.

 

Surgery for ovarian mass

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.

The Christie at Oldham

Leaflet for new patients to the Oldham centre explaining how to get there and what to do on the first visit.

Oral glucose tolerance test to assess growth hormone

Your doctor has recommended that your have a glucose tolerance test to assess your growth hormone levels.

Information about your Ocreotide scan

Leaflet describing the Ocreotide scan, preparation, what it is and what the scan is like

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Care of your peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)

A PICC is a peripherally inserted central catheter. It is a thin flexible tube that is inserted into a vein, usually in the bend of your arm. The PICC is then threaded along the vein so that the tip lies in one of the large veins in the chest. 

Paracetamol mixture

For patients who have been prescribed paracetamol mixture by their doctor or nurse clinician.

PCA Patient-Controlled Anaesthesia

This leaflet explain patient-controlled analgesia.  This is a technique which allows you to administer small amounts of pain relief using a machine attached to your arm.  It is connected to your drip by a tube and when pressed releases a small amount of painkiller.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy is a method of treating localised skin abnormalities and cancers. The treatment consists of applying a special cream (ALA) to the skin growth and 6 hours later shining a pure red light on it.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Information for patients who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome a condition caused by an imbalance of hormones produced in the ovaries, adrenal gland and pituitary gland.  Symptoms of PCOS include excess facial and body hair, irregular or absent periods and difficulty becoming pregnant.

Preparing your bladder before radiotherapy

You have been referred for radiotherapy treatment. It is important for you to have a comfortably full bladder for your radiotherapy planning scan and each day for your radiotherapy treatment.

Preparing for radiotherapy to the prostate

Find out how you can prepare for your scan and treatment

Pressure area care and prevention

A pressure ulcer is an area of skin and underlying tissue which is damaged. 

Preventing pressure ulcers (info for patients & carers)

Information for patients and carers about how to avoid pressure ulcers or bed sores (areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue).  You may be at risk of developing pressure ulcers if you have problems with sensitivity to pain or discomfort, problems with movement, weight changes, poor circulation, moist skin, pressure ulcers in the past or inadequate diet or fluid intake. 

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) Info sheet health professionals

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei is a slowly progressive disease that produces extensive mucus accumulation within the abdomen and pelvis. There are three pathologically and prognostically distinct groups of peritoneal mucinous lesions.  The most classical is described.

Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) Information sheet for patients

Information on pseudomyxoma peritonei

The Psycho-oncology Service

Supporting your psychological wellbeing and mental health

Prostate Brachytherapy Low dose rate permanent seed implant

We would like you to be able to use this information as a basis for any questions you may have about prostate brachytherapy as a potential treatment choice for your early stage prostate cancer.

Pain relief after surgery

This leaflet for patients gives information about the different types of pain relief which are available.  Good pain relief is important as it prevents suffering and helps you to recover more quickly.

Preventing slips and falls in hospital

This leaflet has been written to help reduce the chances of people falling while they are in this hospital.

Information for patients having prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI): precautionary radiotherapy to the brain

Radiotherapy to the brain has been proved to prevent cancer spreading to the brain (metastases).  It improves survival for most patients with small cell lung cancer.  This is called prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI). The treatment used high energy x-rays and is painless.

Palliative care and pseudomyxoma peritonei PMP for health professionals

This leaflet gives information for health professionals about palliative care and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) for health professionals.  PMP is a slowly progressive disease that produced extensive mucour accumulation within the abdomen and pelvis.

Partial penectomy

This information is for men who have cancer of the penis that needs surgery to remove part of the penis called a partial penectomy.

Paravertebral block

This leaflet for patients explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) into the paravertebral space in the back.  This block is done to test if pain is due to the nerves in your chest, abdomen or leg and how to treat it.

Protected mealtimes

This leaflet for patients explains about protected mealtimes on wards where all non-urgent clinical activity stops and all staff help serve meals and assist patients who may need help.

Planned admission and transfer suite

This leaflet for patients explains about the planned admission and transfer suite which provides support and care for patients being admitted for planned procedures, going home or are transferring to another hospital or care facility.

Prostate template biopsy

Information describing the prostate template biopsy, why it is taken and how it is performed.

Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS)

PENS therapy deliveries low voltage electrical current to the fatty layer just below the surface of the skin to induce a pain-relieving effect.

Patient treatment record

Booklet for patients to record progress whilst on chemotherapy or anti-cancer treatment

Welcome to the department of plastic surgery

Information sheet about pre-admission, surgical operation, and discharge home.

Pregabalin slow dose increase

Information sheet describing the procedure, what happens on the day of treatment and the side effects

Pregabalin slow dose increase

Information sheet explaining what Pregabalin is, the side effects and the increasing dose

Parenteral nutrition: information for patients

Information sheet explaining what PN is and how it is given.

Prostate follow-up at Townside primary care centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Ashton primary care centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Waters Green medical centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Chapel Road clinic

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

Prostate follow-up at Beechwood Cancer Care Centre

Information about a follow-up clinic for prostate patients.

Prostate follow-up at Hazel Grove Clinic

Information about a follow-up clinic for prostate patients.

PET/CT information for diabetic patients

When you have a PET/CT scan you are given an injection of a radioactive sugar called 18-F fluorodeoxyglucose (18-F FDG). This special form of glucose is taken up by cells in the body, in the same way as normal glucose, from your blood.

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Qutenza (Capsaicin) 8% patch

Qutenza is a dermal patch for use on the skin.  It acts on pain-sensing nerves in the skin, making them less sensitive to pain.

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Information for parents and carers of children having radiotherapy

This leaflet gives you information about your child having radiotherapy as an outpatient. There is more detailed information in The Christie booklet ‘Radiotherapy’.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis for rectal tumours

You may have read the Christie booklet Radiotherapy - a guide for patients and their families. That contains general advice about radiotherapy and its side effects. This leaflet has been written specially for patients who are having treatment to the pelvis.

Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy

This booklet has been written to answer some of your questions about risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and help you decide whether this surgery is for you.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy

This booklet gives you information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove part of the kidney using robot assistance. It is called Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy.

Robotic assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for cervical and endometrial cancer

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

Radiotherapy for gynaecological cancers: a guide for patients and their families

This booklet is written for women who are having radiotherapy to the pelvis for gynaecological cancers such as cancer of the womb, cervix or vagina.  

Radiotherapy to the lung

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the lung. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy and patients come for treatments that are not always available at general hospitals. 

Radioiodine treatment for thyrotoxicosis

For patients having a course of radioiodine treatment for an overactive or enlarged thyroid gland: treatment and precautions.

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy to the whole brain

This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary brain tumours. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, and patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals.

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain

This leaflet is a guide for patient for patients receiving radiotherapy for bone pain.  Cancer cells can cause thinning areas of the bone.  These may be painful and can sometimes even lead to fractures.  

Radiotherapy: A guide for patients and their carers

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy. The Christie is a specialised centre for radiotherapy, and patients come for treatments that are not available at general hospitals. If you are having radiotherapy as an inpatient, please bring this booklet with you.

Radical Hysterectomy

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix or uterus, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions. For some women, it can be a frightening and unsettling time. Whatever you may be feeling at present, try talking about it with someone who specialises in dealing with this condition such as your consultant or the gynaecological cancer nurse specialist. They will listen, answer any questions you may have and can put you in touch with other professionals or support agencies if you wish.

Information about your radical prostatectomy 

A radical prostatectomy is removal of the entire prostate gland and surrounding tissue including the seminal vesicles. The investigations you have had so far suggest that you have an early stage prostate cancer. 

Radiotherapy after Breast Surgery

Women (and some men) having radiotherapy for breast cancer are one of the largest groups of patients attending The Christie. This booklet has been specially written for you. 

Information for patients receiving radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

This leaflet is written for people who are having treatment for tumours of the oesophagus (gullet). It will help you understand what is going to happen and will also answer some commonly asked questions. 

Radiotherapy to the skin

This booklet has been written for patients having superficial radiotherapy to the skin.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy to the prostate

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the prostate.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy to the bladder

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the bladder.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Radiotherapy for brain tumours

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the brain.  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND)

This booklet gives you information about an operation to remove the residual lymph nodes at the back of the abdomen as part of your treatment for testicular cancer.  This is a highly specialised operation which is only carried out in a few cancer centres.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis for anal tumours

This booklet has been written for patients having radiotherapy to the anus  Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease.

Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

This booklet for patients gives information about a procedure which uses keyhole surgery to remove the prostate using robot assistance. 

The Renal Cancer Oncology Service

This leaflet for patients explains about the renal cancer oncology service, a team of experienced cancer nurses who work closely with the doctors.  They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of people with renal cancer, metastatic renal cancer.

Reducing the risk of a blood clot while you are in hospital

This leaflet explains about how to reduce the risk of a blood clot while in hospital, why patients are at risk of a blood clot and the signs and symptoms to look for.

Radical Trachelectomy

Booklet describing the surgical procedure for a radical trachelectomy

Radiotherapy to surgical scar sites on the chest wall for patients with mesothelioma and their carers

Booklet describing preventive radiotherapy to surgical scar sites for patients with mesothelioma.

Information about your renogram

Leaflet describing the renogram, what it is and what the scan is like.

Information for parents and carers of children having cranio-spinal radiotherapy

Information for parents and carers about children having cranio spinal radiotherapy, the preparation, treatment and how to deal with side effects.

Radiotherapy to the skin:  total skin electron body treatment

Booklet explaining radiotherapy to the entire skin surface, total skin electron body treatment (TSEBT), how the treatment is given, side effects and how to deal with these.

Radiotherapy to the spine for spinal cord tumours

This booklet tells you about radiotherapy treatment for primary spinal tumours.

Robotic resections for rectal and anal cancer

Information explaining about surgery to the rectum and anus using robotic surgery techniques.

Radiotherapy for vulval cancer

Booklet for women having radiotherapy to the vulva or groin areas for vulval cancer.

Reversal (closure) of loop ileostomy

This booklet has been written to provide you with information about reversal (closure) of your ileostomy.

Rectal cancer – Clinical Complete Response after chemo-radiotherapy

This information sheet can be used alongside information to patients considering chemo-radiotherapy prior to surgery for rectal cancer, and for patients who have completed chemo-radiotherapy and are found to have a Clinical Complete Response on follow-up scans and investigations.

Information for patients who have completed radiotherapy at The Christie at Oldham

You have now completed your course of radiotherapy.  If your oncology consultant indicated that they wanted to see you again in their outpatient clinic following radiotherapy (and you do not already have this appointment), we will send you an appointment letter.

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Information about your skeletal survey examination (Skeletal x-ray examination)

Information for patients about skeletal x-ray examination.

Selective Internal Radiation Therapy  (SIRT)

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy, also called radio-embolisation.  It explains what is involved and the benefits and risks.  It may make you think of things you would like to discuss with your doctor/s.

Sentinel node biopsy for cancer of the penis

This leaflet for male patients who have had treatment for cancer of the penis.  A sentinal node biopsy is surgery which will show whether the cancer has spread to the groins.

The specialist nursing service for plastic surgery and skin cancer

The clinical nurse specialists (CNS) aim to provide support and information to people with a cancer diagnosis.

Speech and language therapy

As a result of illness you may find communicating or eating and drinking is more difficult than before. Speech and language therapy is the process of enabling people to communicate and/or swallow to the best of their ability.

Spinal Cord Compression - what to look out for

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to bones

Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet ‘Radiotherapy – a guide for patients and their carers’. Your clinical oncologist (specialist doctor) will also discuss the treatment with you.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Spine - The Christie at Salford

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their spine. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet 'Radiotherapy –    A guide for patients and their carers'.

Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to the Liver

This information is for patients who are going to receive stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) to their liver. Please read this leaflet alongside The Christie booklet  ‘Radiotherapy –     A guide for patients and their carers’.

Superior vena cava stent

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as superior vena cava (SVC) stent insertion.   It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

Taking long term steroid replacement treatment

Information for patients who have been prescribed the long term hormone replacement medication, Hydrocortisone.  You need extra amounts of the hormone Cortisol in your body at times of physical or mental stress or illness.

The specialist upper gastrointestinal (GI) nursing service

The upper GI clinical nurse specialist is an experienced nurse who specialises in the care and support of people with cancers that affect the stomach, oesophagus (gullet),   gall bladder, pancreas and liver.

Skin care during and after radiotherapy to perineal area

The following information and advice will help you to look after your skin both during and after radiotherapy, and reduce further problems. The skin in the area where you are having radiotherapy may be affected by your treatment.

Skin care during and after your radiotherapy treatment

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the skin. The Christie is a specialised radiotherapy centre, patients come for treatments that are not available in general hospitals. Please share this booklet with your family and friends. It is important that they feel well-informed and understand what is happening. Families and carers can have a role in helping you. If you would like more detailed information about your own treatment, please ask the staff.

Skin Flap

When skin is removed by surgery, a skin wound can sometimes result. If the surrounding skin is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, skin has to be brought from another part of the body.

Skin Graft

You may have a skin wound as a result of surgery to remove a lesion as in skin cancer, a severe skin infection, or from an injury or burn. If the area is small and the skin nearby is loose, the wound can be closed by bringing the edges together (direct closure). If this is not possible, then the wound can be repaired with a skin graft. Skin grafting is a surgical procedure in which a patch of skin is completely removed from another part of the body (called donor site) and used to cover the wound (called recipient site).

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Booklet describing the different forms of sarcoma and how this is treated, as well as listing support services.

Spinal Cord Compression - what it means and how it can be treated

This leaflet explains about spinal cord compression (pressure on the spinal cord and its nerves) and how it can be treated.  

Smoking Cessation Services at The Christie 

A free smoking cessation service is now available for all patients, carers and staff at The Christie.  If you continue to smoke this may reduce the chance of your treatment being successful.

Skin care advice for patients having microselectron to the skin

This leaflet gives advice for care of your skin during treatment, what side effects to expect and information for after treatment has finished.

Stellate ganglion block

This leaflet for patients This leaflet explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) around the stellate ganglion, a collection of nerves on the sides of the neck.  This injection is done to treat certain types of pain in your arm, chest, face or head.

Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma

This booklet for patients gives information about sentinal node biopsy for melanoma which is a surgical technique for finding out how far some types of cancer have spread (staging).

The Christie Supportive Care Team

For help with pain, palliative care and symptom control.

Information on stage 1 seminoma

Information describing stage 1 seminoma, treatment and side effects

Same sex accommodation at The Christie

Leaflet explaining the range of accommodation at The Christie and when patients may be in shared accommodation such as the CCU

Short synacthen test

Your doctor has recommended that you have a Short Synacthen test to check if your body is producing enough steroid hormone.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy to the lung

Leaflet explaining SBRT for lung cancer treatment, what it is, how it is given, side effects, benefits and alternatives.

Information about your sentinel node scan

Leaflet describing the sentinal node scan, what it is and what the scan is like

The Christie at Salford Royal

Information leaflet about car parking, directions and first visit to The Christie at Salford Royal

The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal SALFORD

Information leaflet about what will happen when you visit The Christie chemotherapy service at Salford Royal, car parking, directions and transport information.

Sexual health information sheet (YOU)

Information about sexual health for YOU patients

Sexual health following blood stem cell transplantation for female patients

Advice for female patients following a haemopoetic stem cell transplant.

Specialist Allied Health Professional AHP brain and central nervous system tumour rehabilitation

Information about the specialist AHP support service for brain and CNS patients.

Squamous cell carcinoma: information sheet

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the outer layer of the skin. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most people treated for SCC are completely cured with simple treatment.

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The Specialist Head and Neck Nursing Service: Thyroid Cancer

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

The Specialist Head and Neck Nursing Service

The Christie specialist head and neck  support service is offered by a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses.  They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with head and neck cancer.

 

Transfusion - Pre and post transfusion advice for patients

The following information and advice is for patients receiving a blood component transfusion.

Trial results: Relief for head and neck cancer patients with mouth exercises

This is the first study of its kind to show that exercises can help and that it is safe to do the exercises before and whilst on radiotherapy treatment and to continue the exercises after radiotherapy treatment has finished.

The Christie at The Tameside Macmillan unit 

From February 2017, The Tameside Macmillan unit will benefit those patients who would normally have to travel long distances for treatment at The Christie.

Thyrotoxicosis or Hyperthyroidism

Information for patients who have Thyrotoxicosis or Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) when the body produces too much of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine.    Thyroxine keeps all bodily functions at the correct rate, and too much of it can affect the heart.

Thalidomide 

This leaflet is a guide for patients and their families about Thalidomide capsules which your doctor has prescribed for you as part of your treatment for myeloma.

Treatment to the skin using a plastic treatment mould

This leaflet is a guide for patients who are having radiotherapy treatment for a skin tumour using a microselectron mould. Treatment with a microselectron mould delivers radiotherapy accurately to the tumour and to a small area of normal tissue.

Total body irradiation (HTU)

This leaflet has been written for patients on the Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU).   Total body irradiation (TBI) is a form of radiotherapy used for patients who are about to undergo a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to destroy any undetectable cancer.

Thrombolysis

This leaflet explains about the procedure known as thrombolysis, which means breaking up blood clots.  You may have had an angiogram which has shown a blockage in an artery or vein.  The procedure will try to unblock the artery or vein and restore venous drainage.  It is carried out in the Department of Radiology by a specialist doctor.

Total Pelvic Clearance Explained - for Men

This booklet has been written for patients having a Total Pelvic Clearance.  This is the medical term for removal of your bladder and the lower bowel along with other organs in the pelvis.

Total Pelvic Clearance Explained - for Women

This booklet has been written for patients having a Total Pelvic Clearance.  This is the medical term for removal of your bladder and the lower bowel along with other organs in the pelvis.

Travelling and car parking for patients and visitors to The Christie

This leaflet is for patients and their carers and lists car parking arrangements and charges at The Christie.

Transvaginal Ultrasound

This leaflet explains what to expect when you come for a trans-vaginal ultrasound examination.  An ultrasound scan is a simple test that uses sound waves to produce images of organs and structures inside your body.

Total penectomy

This information is for men who have cancer of the penis that needs surgery to remove the entire penis called a total penectomy.

Trigger point injections

This leaflet for patients explains about an injection of local anaesthetic (medication to temporarily numb the nerves) with or without an anti-inflammatory medication into the affected area.  

Trans rectal ultrasound (TRUS) and biopsy of the prostate gland 

This leaflet  explains about what happens when patients come for a trans rectal ultrasound and biopsy of the prostate gland (TRUS), benefits and risks, and what to expect afterwards.

The Christie at Townside Primary Care Centre

Leaflet describing The Christie chemotherapy services available at Townside Primary Care Centre

The neuroendocrine tumour (NET) specialist nursing service at The Christie

Leaflet describing the neuroendocrine nursing service and contact details

The Christie Hotline information leaflet (Acute Oncology Management Service)

Information leaflet describing how the Hotline service works and how to access.

The Christie at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie Chemotherapy Outreach

A leaflet explaining the chemotherapy outreach service which provides treatment closer to home.

The Central Manchester Head & Neck Team at MRI and The Christie

Leaflet explaining the MDT, their role and the team.

Transfer to open follow-up

Information explaining what the process when patients are transferred to open follow-up after pelvic radiotherapy.

The Christie at Ashton primary care centre

Maps and directions to primary care centre for follow-up care.

The Human papilloma virus (HPV) and throat cancer

Information sheet describing the relationship between HPV and throat cancer.

The Christie at home pilot scheme

Information for patients explaining the Homecare pilot scheme

Information about your post treatment thyroid scan

Information sheet describing the preparation, process and precuations needed for a thyroid scan

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Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of the Kidney

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as an ultrasound guided biopsy of the kidney. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss further with your doctor.

Ultrasound Guided Liver Biopsy

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as an ultrasound guided liver biopsy. It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are. It may make you think of things you would like to discuss further with your doctor.

24 hour urine collection

Your doctor has asked you to collect all your urine over a 24 hour period.  This may be to check the function of your kidneys and/or to measure other products in your urine.

Understanding steroids: guide for patients with brain tumours

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. 

Ultrasound - a guide for patients

An ultrasound scan is a simple, usually painless, test that uses sound waves to produce images of organs and structures inside your body.

Ultrasound guided FNA - a guide for patients

Booklet describing the diagnostic test

Ultrasound examination and biopsy

This leaflet for patients explains about ultrasound examination and biopsy.  This involves inserting a needle through the skin to take a small sample of tissue.

Useful info about medicines including tablets, capsules and liquids

This leaflet for patients gives general advice about all medicines including tablets, capsules and liquids and contact details if you have any questions.

Urology Multi-disciplinary Team

Leaflet describing the urology multi-disciplinary team, it's members and why it is important to patients.

Understanding phase 1 clinical trials

Understanding phase 1 clinical trials.

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Information about your video swallow examination

Information for patients about a video swallow which is used to examine the area from your mouth, down your throat and oesophagus (gullet) to your stomach.

VAC® (Vacuum Assisted Closure) therapy

VAC therapy is used in the department of plastic surgery to help wound healing, or to keep a wound clean and sealed between multiple operations.

Vena cava filter

This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as vena cava filter insertion.  It explains what is involved and what the benefits and risks are.

Surgery for vulval cancer

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the vulval area or it has been suggested as a possibility, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions. For some women, it may be a frightening and unsettling time. 

Vena Cava Filter

This leaflet explains about the procedure known as Vena Cava Filter insertion.  This is a small wire mesh about 2 inches long.  This is placed in the Vena Cava the large vein in the abdomen which brings blood back to the heart from the legs and pelvis.  If there are blood clots in the veins in the legs or pelvis these could pass up the vena cava and into the lungs.  The filter will trap these blood clots and prevent them entering the lungs and causing problems.  The procedure is carried out in the Department of Radiology by a specialist doctor.

Vaginal brachytherapy

Booklet for women who are having vaginal brachytherapy after a hysterectomy for cancer of the womb.

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Welcome to Ward 11 (department 4)

We can be found on the 3rd floor in department 4. The nearest entrance is the Oak Road main entrance.

Welcome to the Palatine Ward

This booklet has been written to provide you with information about all aspects of your illness and treatment with the Haematology and Teenage and young adult service (TYA).

Welcome to Palatine Ward (Overview) 

An overview of Palatine Ward to help you during your stay, for use alongside additional leaflets you should have received.

Welcome to The Christie

We want you to be as comfortable as possible while you are being treated at The Christie. This booklet sets out to tell you in general what to expect. It cannot cover everything you may want to know, so if there is anything that worries you, please ask. 

The Wig Fitting Service

You are entitled to a wig if your treatment causes hair loss. Your nurse, doctor or ward receptionist will give you a wig prescription form. Please fill in the form and give it to the salon staff when you come for your appointment.

Water deprivation test

Your doctor has recommended that you have a water deprivation test which is used to diagnose or exclude Diabetes Insipidus.

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