Open Letter from our CEO Eileen Hannagan | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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In November 2018, we celebrated five years of delivering cancer care to our patients. Together, we’ve achieved so much to be proud of.

We are the main referral hospital for rare, complex and advanced cancers in all cancer streams and we offer a truly holistic approach. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years. But no matter how much we grow, the only way we can truly lessen the impact of cancer on our community is by gaining a better understanding of the disease and ensuring our patients and their families have the very best care.

Every area of the hospital conducts research so that our patients can have ready access to the latest in cancer care. From a revolutionary blood test for glioblastoma to the search for the reason behind a spike in the rate of tongue cancer, we are looking not just at treatment but also prevention.

Since opening, we have made remarkable progress in improving outcomes for cancer patients. We are living proof of the truth that Professor Chris O’Brien AO knew. Patients treated in a comprehensive cancer centre have a better chance of beating the disease.

This is borne out in the Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes (RBCO) report from Cancer Institute NSW. The report shows a significant increase in survival by patients treated at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, in some cases up to five times.

As we have become more complex and specialized, referrals from outside the metropolitan area have increased. We are now focused on working with local communities, who do not have ready access to complex care, to form collaborations with the GPs and specialists and the existing health infrastructure we have at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. This has already resulted in 5 satellite clinics, with more planned for the future.

I am deeply grateful to you, for being a part of our community. It is thanks to the visionary support of people like you that we have come so far. There is still much to do and I look forward to sharing future progress with you.

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