Welcome to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a state-of-the-art independent cancer treatment and research hospital for public and private patients, located alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Camperdown, NSW.
As an integrated cancer hospital, we provide all aspects of clinical treatment, education, research, complementary therapies and emotional support all in one location for cancer patients, their carers and their families.
Lifehouse represents a unique model of care and funding in Australia, as a not-for-profit independent hospital treating public and private patients. We have no shareholders and income is reinvested for the benefit of our patients.
Lifehouse opened to outpatients in November 2013, providing care and treatment for cancer patients through our specialist clinics for specific cancer types, day therapy for chemotherapy and radiation, complementary therapies and supportive services through our integrative medicine centre – Lifehouse LivingRoom – and allied health services such as counselling and exercise physiology consultations.
Lifehouse opened to inpatients in February 2015, achieving our long-term goal of becoming a fully operational hospital for cancer patients providing surgery, inpatient care and intensive care.
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Patient treatment and services
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is committed to providing cancer treatment by experienced, expert specialists in a manner that supports, nurtures and empowers patients, their families and carers. We ensure treatment and care include a patient’s wants, needs and preferences, enabling participation in their own care.
Our cancer care services include:
- Cancer checkups
- Radiation oncology
- Inpatient services including 125 beds, an intensive care unit and eight operating theatres
- Medical imaging (Services at Lifehouse provided by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)
- Pathology services (Services at Lifehouse provided by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)
- Treatment clinics divided by tumour stream (gynaecological oncology, head and neck cancers, breast, bowel, and lung cancers, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, brain and urological cancers, pancreatic, gastric cancers etc)
- Day surgery procedures for patients with suspected or confirmed cancer, for a range of cancer types
- Allied health services including:
- Counselling/bereavement counselling
- Psycho oncology
- Clinical trials and research
- Evidence-based complementary therapies through the LivingRoom, our purpose-built, on site integrative medicine centre.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital provides Lifehouse patients with a range of services including:
- Clinics for:
- Palliative care
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse offers advanced medical and complementary therapies, as well as emotional support and sanctuary all in one place with holistic, patient-centred care for public and private patients.
Lifehouse places our patients at the centre of everything we do. Our integrated model of care allows specialist cancer care to be delivered by a multi-disciplinary team all in one place, eliminating the need for patients to navigate a complex series of appointments at different locations.
Our treatment and supportive care involves a number of different medical, nursing and allied health care professionals all working together to provide the best outcomes for our patients. Research shows that a team approach to cancer care in which health care professionals together consider all treatment options improves survival and quality of life for people with cancer. Such an integrated approach to health care is known as multidisciplinary care.
Our multidisciplinary care approach offers many resources, professional staff and services that support patients and their families from the time patients are diagnosed through to the end of their treatment. The structure of our clinics by tumour types means patients visit one clinic and can be seen by all members of their multi-disciplinary clinical care team in the same place.
There are many different people patients will interact with at Lifehouse. Everyone plays an active and collaborative role in developing and implementing a treatment plan tailored to each individual.