Specialised accommodation and specialised treatment

Each year hundreds of blood cancer patients relocate from regional and rural areas across Victoria and Tasmania to receive highly specialised and complex chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants at Melbourne's major treating centres.

Together with their family, their average length of stay in Melbourne is four months, but many, particularly those families with children undergoing treatment for acute leukaemia, stay for 24 months or more.

Their lives are thrown into turmoil as they face the uncertainty of treatment. These often highly invasive treatments affect their immune systems and make them highly susceptible to infection. Even a common cold can become life threatening.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation is specifically designed for blood cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. 

  • Hygienic environment with low risk of infection.
  • Additional emotional support by a team of trained haematology/oncology nurses and allied health professionals. 
  • Ideal location close to major treating centres.
  • Fully furnished, self-contained apartments. 
  • Additional onsite facilities.
  • Education and resource centre. 
  • Patient transport hub. 

The Foundation’s specialised accommodation facilities provide patients with holistic care in a support facility dedicated to their wellbeing. This hygienic environment allows many patients to live with their families whilst receiving their cancer treatment. 

Download a copy of the Building of Hope prospectus for further information.

Patient accommodation floor plans

The Leukaemia Foundation's accommodation keeps families together, when they need it most.

Accommodation at the Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre in Melbourne will truly be a ‘home away from home’ for those blood cancer patients and families who stay there while undergoing treatment.

The apartments and additional facilities, located on the ground floor and level two, are designed to meet all their requirements and special needs during the many weeks or months they are in Melbourne. 

As treatment regimens for blood cancer are intensive and affect a patient’s immune system, these people are highly susceptible to infection. When their immune function is reduced, even a common cold can
be life-threatening.

This highlights the importance of having access to a hygienic, supportive and relaxing living environment.