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.

After your CT contrast/dye injection

Information sheet giving advice to patients on what to expect after a CT contrast/dye injection

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.