Celebrating Five Years | Our Anniversary | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Five years: Changing the face of cancer

On 18 November 2018, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse celebrated five years in operation. With an eye to the future, the comprehensive cancer centre looks back on five years of challenges and triumphs.

Professor Chris O'Brien

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The Origin Story: Looking back on five years in operation

Five years on, members of the original team look back on just how far they’ve come, and what it really took to bring such a colossal project – a working, self-sustaining hospital – into being.

Caleb Scott

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The fight for Caleb’s smile

When 9-year-old Caleb emerged from brain surgery, his tumour was gone but so was most of the movement on the right side of his body. This is the story of how a surgeon, a family, and a brain cancer charity band together to fix a young boy’s smile.



Like family: A carer returns to volunteer

Jan Oxwell spent many months caring for her husband Ernie at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Little did she know that the hospital would become her new home.


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Gail O’Brien: Patient Advocate

Her late husband’s legacy made Lifehouse possible, but Gail O’Brien ensures that his vision lives on.



Miracle babies: giving birth after cervical cancer

We meet the two healthy baby boys born thanks to a radical fertility-saving procedure performed at Lifehouse.

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