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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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. 

Providing treatment closer to home - Winsford

The clinic at St Luke's will benefit those patients who would normally have to travel long distances for treatment at The Christie. It enables us to deliver the first class treatment and care for which The Christie is renowned, closer to home.

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 scan 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.