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Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit, comprehensive cancer hospital offering care from screening, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and to wellness.

We specialise in advanced cancer care including the most rare and complex cases.

Each year we treat over 57,000 patients from across Australia, using the latest technology in a modern, purpose-built hospital.

At Chris O’Brien Lifehouse we put the patient firmly at the centre of everything we do.

We provide the full range of cancer care: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, research, supportive care and evidence-based complementary therapies like acupuncture, mindfulness, reflexology, massage and exercise physiology.

In a comprehensive cancer hospital, cancer is always the priority and doesn’t compete against other specialties. This approach has been shown to improve outcomes for patients by five to 15 percent. 

The convenience and continuity of care in one location, and with one team of professionals reduces travel and stress and improves the quality of care provided.

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.
Patient care is underpinned by a thriving research program that ensures we remain at the forefront of the latest approaches to cancer prevention, care and treatment.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is the largest clinical trials centre in New South Wales, giving our patients access to some of the world’s newest lifesaving drugs and breakthroughs. Research and trials are carried out by the same clinicians who treat patients, shortening the path between discovery and new treatments.

The hospital has ten operating theatres, an intensive care unit, 125 patient beds, five linear accelerators and the Southern Hemisphere’s first dual console robotic surgical system, all in support of our complete inpatient and outpatient service.

As a not-for-profit hospital, all donations go towards the services and programs that we provide to people with cancer. This independence enables a nimble and responsive approach to cancer care and research. Support from our generous donors helps drive innovation in research, improve patient care and makes the journey as smooth as it can possibly be.

Our story

We began with an ambitious plan to transform cancer care, by creating a patient-focused comprehensive cancer hospital. That dream became a reality in November 2013, when our state-of-the-art $260 million facility opened to patients.

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is located on state government owned land and received more than $180 million in federal government grants.

The opening of Chris O’Brien 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 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, Chris O’Brien 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, Chris O’Brien 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.

Continued growth

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, new thoracic and sarcoma and bone cancer clinics.