Cancer Navigator Grace Gawler talks about her experience across borders:
I have been fortunate to build strong therapeutic relationships with leading UK and EU-based health professionals.
A cancer navigator and strategist with 42 years experience, I’ve worked across many cultures and continents.
When living in the UK I worked with many well known cancer charities, training staff, assisting cancer patients and speaking at medical and patient-centred conferences.
I was regularly interviewed on BBC radio stations across the UK including -London (Midweek with Libby Purves-4 million listeners), Bristol, Hereford, Somerset, Devon and Essex to name a few.
To hear my last interview (2014) on BBC Bristol please select the following link. Bristol BBC Interview
My time spent in the UK was very special and I forged many lasting professional connections. When about to return to Australia due to family reasons; I was offered a position in a Harley Street Medical Practice by a prominent professor of Cancer Medicine.
Now back on Australian soil; I still maintain close connections with UK health professionals colleagues as well as my UK patients.
I regularly consult with UK-based patients. Many were diagnosed in 2013 with stage 4 metastatic cancers and given a prognosis of under 1 year.
In mid-2017, all are alive and living well with their cancer, undergoing treatments and taking advantage of precision and personalised medicine and genomic testing to extend their lives.
How does this work given the constraints of distance?
The digital age has brought some great advances in connecting healthcare.
Distance clientele can be effectively managed and supported via SKYPE video consultations , FACETIME (on ipad) plus regular email contact.
For many decades, I have referred UK & EU cancer patients to international oncology experts for second opinions, innovative state of the art cancer treatments and advanced diagnostic services.
Cancer Navigation requires the crucial quality of thoroughness.
After you have signed consent forms and emailed information to me; I read, process and collate your data; sometimes preparing it for doctors whose first language may not be English.
Should I notice any anomalies or errors in information provided – I immediately alert the doctor to whom you are being referred that there are errors to further investigate.
Errors and incomplete records can cost patient lives!
I commonly detect errors in reporting or diagnosis in 40 – 50 % of my new patients. Other patient advocate groups have even higher rates of error.
If you are misdiagnosed, have a rare or difficult to treat cancer; it is so easy to get lost amongst the sheer numbers of patients in our large medical systems.
It becomes more difficult for doctors to take a personalised approach to healthcare; to find out who you are, your circumstances, your life history as well as your cancer history….this is the role of your Cancer Navigator.
My international Alliance:
Being an independent navigator and strategist gives me an advantage in how I can help you…
For example – my alliance of national and international colleagues, comprise some of the best cancer specialists in the world.
These specialists also value my contribution and collaborative nature and appreciate my early background in veterinary medicine, and later, science-based naturopathy and botanical oncology.
This ‘multi-discipline blend’ provides a best of both worlds approach for my patients; creating a crucial stepping stone for ongoing medical collaboration and patient case management – especially coordinating, sequencing and timing of treatments.
Self Referrals to overseas clinics: This is a minefield for the unwary cancer patient or their family who may have tried their best, ‘researching’ best treatments without knowledge of cancer or the marketing hype behind many of the more alternative clinics. Cancer patients who attempt to self-refer and self mange their treatments can finish up being quite overwhelmed and bewildered and lost in the cancer maze.
In order to be successfully navigated; a dedicated and sincere therapeutic relationship needs to be carefully constructed. Trust, respect and commitment from both me as the navigator and you the patient is fundamental.
Over the decades, patients who participate closely with the navigator (myself), have consistently attained optimal Health Restoration Outcomes.
Click the button below for Grace’s interview on BBC Bristol in 2013.
- Disrupting-outdated-cancer-medicine: Serving the patient not the System
- Sequencing-and-coordinating-your-treatments: Why it is so important
- Cancer Fact Checker
- No Alternative to Cancer Video
- Just another extraordinary day at the Grace Gawler Institute
Testimonials from UK Patients.
Ged (UK 2016) – Leiomyosarcoma and primary Bladder Cancer
All I can say is, I’ve no idea where I would turn to get sound, practical, common sense, viable options without you.
We’re very grateful for the service you provide and are constantly extolling your virtues to anyone we come across and who cares to listen!
Thank you for all your help. Ged & Angela – UK
Rona (UK 2013) – Breast Cancer
I haven’t met anyone else who has Grace’s empathy and honesty, depth and breadth of information and level of commitment to her clients. I feel I can trust her advice because she has my well-being at heart and wants the best results for me. Even after my initial treatments in Europe, Grace kept in touch and followed-up and supported me when I got home and was going through the toughest times. I feel I have a friend for life. If you are overwhelmed by information about cancer treatments, have questions about what you should do next, or feel you have run out of options, please contact her. 2013
Tasha (UK – 2015) – Carcinosarcoma Stage IV
With thanks to you and your recommendation for my wife’s biopsy to be re-examined as well as your referral to the carcinosarcoma specialist at St Bart’s, London; now after months of frustration, we have ended up in this amazing facility and all seems to be going well so far.
We are filled with a sense of hope as we enter the 2015 Christmas period. My wife is out driving herself and her mum shopping today in town, not bad for someone who would not see Christmas!!
Thank you again because without you we would not be here at Bart’s in London with hope and optimism. ( Dominic and Tasha UK)
Camilla: (UK – 2014 – present) Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer at diagnosis.
With her medical contacts around the globe, Grace provides options when it seems there are none.
Her decades of experience means whenever we have a query or feel physically or emotionally exhausted, using a combination of tenacious research and thoroughness, she finds the cause and always has a solution.