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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Eating well with diabetes when you have a poor appetite

A guide for patients with diabetes and their carers

Entonox – Pain control for acute pain: Your questions answered

Entonox is a well-established pain-relieving gas mixture.  It consists of two gases, 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen.  It is self-administered, giving you complete control over the timing of the pain relief.

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 

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.