Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit, independent comprehensive centre specialising in-state-of-the-art advanced treatment and research for public and private patients who are suffering from rare and complex cancer cases.
Situated alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Camperdown, the hospital sees more than 40,000 people every year for screening, diagnosis or treatment, using the latest technology in a modern, purpose-built cancer hospital.
Our specialists take part in multidisciplinary teams of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, psychologists and researchers to provide peer-reviewed, tailored, individualised treatment to patients.
Lifehouse is also New South Wales’ and one of Australia’s biggest cancer clinical trials centres, giving our patients access to the world’s newest cancer breakthroughs.
More than 140 clinical trials and research projects are currently underway. Research and trials are carried out by the same clinicians who treat patients, shortening the path between discovery and new treatments for patients. International research has confirmed this approach, at comprehensive cancer centres in the United States and Europe, results in outcomes that are 5 to 15 per cent better for patients after five years.
We began with an ambitious plan to transform cancer care, by creating an integrated and patient-focused centre of excellence. That dream became a reality in November 2013, when our state-of-the-art $260 million facility opened to patients.
Lifehouse is located on state government owned land and received more than $180 million in federal government grants.
The opening of Lifehouse was staged. Stage 1 involved the opening of outpatient services, including specialist clinics for breast surgery, gynaecological oncology, bone and soft tissue sarcoma, head and neck, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and allied health services.
We also opened our purpose-built integrative medicine centre, the Lifehouse LivingRoom, providing supportive services, education and complementary therapy treatments that can be used in partnership with clinical care to help relieve stress, reduce pain and anxiety and manage symptoms and side effects.
At the end of 2014, Lifehouse opened its day surgery facilities, providing endoscopy and other procedures for patients with a confirmed or suspected cancer diagnosis, for a range of cancer types.
As part of Stage 2, Lifehouse opened its inpatient facilities in early 2015, including eight state-of-the-art operating theatres, 125 inpatient rooms with ensuite and an intensive care unit.
We continue to add new services including rapid access services for prostate cancer screening, endoscopy and hysteroscopy, a cancer risk assessment clinic, the Sydney facial nerve clinic, the post-cancer sexual intimacy clinic, new thoracic and sarcoma and bone cancer clinics.