Your donation will support life-changing therapies

Cancer and its treatments can cause debilitating mental and physical side-effects. The LivingRoom offers a range
of evidence-based supportive therapies
to alleviate symptoms to help patients live well with and beyond their cancer diagnosis.

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Provides three group exercise classes for a patient.
Allows a patient to receive a massage
Supports access to lymphoedema therapy

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We need your help to raise $350,000 by 30th June

Your generosity will help people to live well with and beyond cancer

Every donation, no matter the size, empowers someone facing cancer to take control of their journey. Your support ensures that crucial, evidence-based therapies like exercise physiology, lymphoedema management, and oncology massage are accessible to all patients at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.


Exercise therapy consultation

Secures a personal exercise therapy consultation and session where our experts can address their symptoms and create a tailored program. 


Massage therapy access

Allows a patient to receive a massage to help alleviate their anxieties, pain and reset their nervous system. 


Lymphoedema therapy

Supports a new patient to access lymphoedema therapy to address their swelling and provides the tools to manage it from the comfort of their own home. 

You can make a difference

Help transform cancer care at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

At Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. Our unique LivingRoom provides evidence-based, supportive care services to manage and alleviate the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. Many of our treating clinicians and allied health professionals are also involved in supportive care research, which continues to evolve and improve our standard of care. 

Your support can make the difference between someone living with life-altering side effects, or being empowered to live well with cancer.  

Exercise Physiology

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Exercise physiology at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse is a cornerstone of integrative cancer care, where accredited exercise physiologists like Dr. Shelley Kay work closely with patients to mitigate the physical toll of cancer treatments. By developing personalised programs tailored to the needs of each patient, our specialists help enhance physical strength, improve endurance, and maintain healthy body composition. These programs cater to patients at various stages of their cancer journey, whether they are actively undergoing treatment or focusing on recovery.

Patients engaging in these programs report significant improvements in managing symptoms such as fatigue, balance issues due to peripheral neuropathy, and changes in heart health resulting from cardiotoxic therapies. Dr. Shelley Kay emphasises the benefits, expressing, "Exercise is a powerful treatment. It not only helps to reduce the severity of side effects but also improves the overall quality of life."

Key Benefits:

  • Enhanced Strength and Endurance: Builds resilience and capacity for physical activity, vital for recovery and long-term health.
  • Effective Symptom Management: Specifically targets side effects of cancer treatment, helping patients lead more comfortable lives.
  • Support for Independence and Daily Functioning: Enables patients to maintain their lifestyle and daily activities as much as possible.

Lymphoedema Therapy

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Lymphoedema, a common complication of cancer treatments, often results from the removal or damage of lymph nodes during surgery or radiation. Led by Sandy Templeton, our Lymphoedema Research and Education Officer, the LivingRoom provides specialised services aimed at early detection, education, and proactive management of lymphoedema. Through individual assessments and educational workshops, our team helps patients understand their condition and equips them with practical skills to manage symptoms at home.

Our comprehensive approach includes manual lymphatic drainage, fitting of compression garments, and personalised exercise routines designed to promote lymph flow and reduce swelling. Sandy Templeton highlights the critical nature of early intervention: "Addressing lymphoedema early is crucial for maintaining quality of life and reducing the risk of further complications."

Key Benefits:

  • Proactive Management of Swelling: Helps prevent the progression of lymphoedema, minimising discomfort and mobility issues.
  • Empowerment Through Education: Educates patients on self-care techniques to help manage their conditions.

Oncology Massage

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Oncology massage is a specialised therapy tailored to meet the unique needs of cancer patients. At Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, certified oncology massage therapists like Lizzie Milligan apply gentle, modified techniques designed to alleviate the physical and psychological burdens of cancer treatment. These sessions are customised based on the individual’s current health and treatment stage, ensuring that all patients, regardless of their condition, can benefit from massage therapy.

Lizzie Milligan describes the core philosophy behind oncology massage: "Massage therapy is integral to the holistic care we provide. It helps to elicit a relaxation response, allowing the body's restorative processes to function more effectively." Patients often feel immediate relief from common symptoms such as nausea, pain, and fatigue, which provides a comforting break from their rigorous cancer treatment schedules.

 Key Benefits:

  • Alleviation of Treatment-Related Symptoms: Offers relief from pain, nausea, and other discomforts.
  • Enhanced Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Aids in mental and emotional recovery, promoting a calm and restorative state.
  • Support for Emotional and Mental Health: Provides a compassionate touch, which can be profoundly comforting

Patient Experiences

By donating today you can help extend this vital support to more patients like William and Toni, providing more than just medical treatment but a community of care that addresses the whole person, not just the diease.