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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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.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

Enterococci are a type of bacteria always found in the human body. All of us have this type of bacteria in our intestines (gut) and in some women they are also present in the vaginal area and the urinary tract. Enterococci are also often found in the environment.