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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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.