For people having chemotherapy
You may have treatment on your first visit to The
Christie or you may be asked to start your treatment the following
week. You can eat and drink as normal before your appointment.
- First book in at the reception desk in the patient treatment
centre, or as indicated on your appointment card or letter.
Let the staff know if you have come by ambulance
- Next you will probably have a blood test.
- You will then see the doctor or nurse clinician.
- You will then have your treatment in chemotherapy day
It is best to allow a day for your first treatment
Your chemotherapy treatment may be the type that can be made in
advance - or it may have to be made on the day of your visit. If it
is made on the day, please be prepared to wait. The Christie
booklet on chemotherapy explains the process in more detail.
Chemotherapy can be given as a short injection, via a pump or as
an infusion (drip) over several hours.
A team of chemotherapy nurses will give you your chemotherapy,
and explain the treatment and possible side effects. They will
assess your needs on each visit. They will also give you
information about your chemotherapy and a contact number. Don't
hesitate to ask any questions about treatment and side effects.
If you need to see a district nurse, social worker, counsellor
or dietitian, the chemotherapy nurses can make a referral.
When you've finished your treatment, you will be able to go