Independent cancer research and treatment centre City of Hope and FivePoint have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU ) to build a $200m cancer centre in Irvine, California, US.

Part of FivePoint’s Great Park Neighborhoods project, the cancer centre will feature modern technologies and dedicated oncology specialists to deliver quality care to Orange County and beyond.

The hospital will be developed on property donated to City of Hope by the FivePoint joint venture that owns the Great Park Neighborhoods project.

FivePoint chairman and CEO Emile Haddad said: “The City of Hope state-of-the-art cancer centre will anchor a comprehensive new medical campus that will ultimately feature multiple centres of excellence offering the very best health care and wellness services in the heart of Irvine.

“This unique campus and the cancer centre will be dedicated to longevity and the best possible quality of life, and they will reflect our commitment to make Great Park Neighborhoods a model for all other communities in California and beyond.”

City of Hope, which has been expanding its clinical network, has grown to 17 locations across Southern California over the past five years. It has enabled patients more easily access its brand of cancer care.

It believes that a cancer centre in Irvine would extend this reach and complement its main campus in Duarte, California.

Additionally, the new cancer hospital will boost the relationships built by City of Hope with patients, volunteers and philanthropic supporters in Orange County.