The doors to the world-class Lifehouse cancer centre have been opened in Sydney.

The purpose-built $260 million Lifehouse facility is located alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney University in Camperdown and was the vision of the late RPA clinician and cancer specialist, Professor Chris O’Brien.

The centre combines all facets of clinical care; surgery, medical and radiation oncology, research, integrative medicine and support services for patients, their families and carers.

Making the cancer journey as easy as it can be has influenced the design of the building, as well as services and the model of care.

The Lifehouse LivingRoom, for example, has been purpose-built to provide 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.

The building has also been designed so as to not include the pale blue and stainless steel look of a stereotypical hospital. Instead earthy and warm colors of brown and orange with timber and stone finishings have been chosen.

“We are thrilled to be turning our vision of providing uncompromising care into a reality,” said Lifehouse CEO Tim Dugan.

“Our staff, Board, partners - including builder Brookfield Multiplex, project managers Capital Insight and architects Rice Daubney - and our supporters all deserve to feel extremely proud of what has been achieved.”

“Not only have we built a fantastic new facility, we ultimately aim to create a shift in healthcare culture where the patient is at the heart of everything we do.”