The Grace Gawler Institute for Cancer Survivorship & Research

Navigated referrals for Minimally Invasive Targeted Treatments

Drawing on my 45 year’s experience, I guide you to some of the world’s best cancer treatments – cell-based immunotherapy & genomic diagnostic testing.

Never before have Australian & New Zealand patients had access to such a potent & diverse network of Local & Global Cancer Experts 

Are you feeling like a refugee lost in the cancer maze?
We invite you to explore Cancer Recovery & Survivorship Outside the Box with the Grace Gawler Institute. We help you effectively navigate the local & global cancer maze, via our unique referral service & guidance.

How we assist you:
The first step is a video consultation with therapeutic director, Grace Gawler. who will fully explain our cancer navigation services. Next; we’ll assist you to create a personalised Survivorship Care Plan
built around the 5 points below. (scroll page) 

Making the impossible Possible - Diane's remarkable triple Negative Breast Cancer Story

Immunotherapy – Australia & New Zealand: Diane & our other Grace Gawler Institute long term survivors benefited from our international immunotherapy expert’s 3 decades of experience. You too can benefit.

Not all immunotherapy is the same. Most are medical drugs, some are genetically engineered, both have severe side effects. The immunotherapy we recommend is made from your own immune cells, has no side effects & increases wellbeing & quality of life.

Diane followed the Grace Gawler Institute's 5-point Survivorship Care Plan.

Globally Unique; our Five-Point Survivorship Care Plan is Personalised at every level.

Here’s how we do it…

1. Genomic & DNA Cancer Testing

Scientific 2nd opinion using multi-gene panels cancer analysis for precise detection of targeted treatments. More

2. Targeted Treatments (based on test results)

Referrals for targeted & minimally invasive treatments; local &/or overseas. More

3. Gene based diets & Complementary Medicines
DNA tests eliminate Google guesswork. Plans are designed to work with your inherited genetics, not against. More

4. Cell-based Immunotherapy

Referrals to the pioneer of cell-based immune therapy. Restore, revitalise your immune system. More

5. Coordinate Plan, Guide & Support 

18,000+ patients have received effective support during our founder’s 45 years of cancer service. More

Cancer Treatments without Borders - Cell-based immunotherapy & minimally invasive treatments

                       Cancer Navigation could save your life.
                       Don’t take the Cancer Journey Alone!
Why choose Grace Gawler as your Cancer Navigator? 
* 45 years cancer service resourcing & referring patients to global leaders of personalised (precision) cancer medicine.
Patients benefit from her survival success, multi-disciplinary training & qualifications.
*survivor 28 complex surgeries & successful innovative surgeries overseas. Podcast BBC – UK – Grace’s Overseas Surgery Story

Cancer Navigation Pioneer: Grace was the Australia/New Zealand pioneer of patient advocacy & cancer navigation services. In the early 1980’s, she co-created Australia’s first cancer support groups & has co-founded, directed 2 cancer charities.
Overseas Referrals Experience: For 30+ years, Grace has referred patients to experts in her global medical network for advice, second opinions & state-of-the-art treatments – effectively bridging the gaps in assembly line cancer medicine.

The Grace Gawler Institute - Experts in Cancer Navigation Services

What is a Cancer Navigator & Minimally Invasive Treatment Advocate & how can they help you?

How to Proceed: 
View the videos (R) viewing time 1.40 & 1.23 mins. NEXT: Arrange a video call consultation with our cancer navigator, Grace Gawler. 

NEXT: You have the option to become a ‘navigated’ patient by joining our Survive & Thrive Cancer Navigation Plan.

At the Grace Gawler Institute believe every cancer patient deserves a chance to extend their life with high level wellbeing

We specialise in helping patients access hi-tech overseas treatments. This is especially helpful for those with rare or difficult to treat cancers or those given a poor prognosis at first diagnosis.

Expert Second Opinion: Of course we can assist newly diagnosed patients seeking a second opinion. In fact; early in diagnosis, there may be an advantage in exploring minimally invasive value-add treatments, not available in Australia or New Zealand.

Knowing about valid and well researched treatments, can assist with creating your long term health restoration plan. Importantly, having a plan to work from throughout your cancer journey can provide patients with psychological peace of mind and less stress.

Cancer Treatments without Borders with the Grace Gawler Institute - Accessing minimally invasive innovative treatments

Cancer treatments differ globally:
The Grace Gawler Institute often needs to cross national and international medical borders to provide optimal assistance for our navigated patients. High-tech treatment facilities outside of Australia and New Zealand can offer treatments not available locally.

These include proton Beam therapy, cell based immune therapy, interventional radiology for minimally invasive treatment of cancer and targeted therapies according to genomic diagnostic results.

Participants in our navigation services can access some of the leading centres in cancer medicine. The Grace Gawler Institute navigator’s role is to refer, organise, coordinate, advise & support you through the entire process…

Targeted Cancer Nutrition & Complementary Medicines - No more Guesswork!

As you have scrolled and read the Grace Gawler Institute’s home page, you are likely to realise that we offer an all-round approach including a blend of conventional oncology with innovative oncology with complementary medicine. Your treatments can be highly personalised rather than a one size fits all approach; one of the biggest issues in Google style alternative medicine! 

Our unique all-round approach is made possible due the longevity, experience and qualifications of the Institute’s co-founder and therapeutic director, Grace Gawler. When you become a navigated patient with the Grace Gawler Institute, you also take advantage of Grace’s qualifications in Botanical Science & Medicine. Grace can show you how and where to access the most up to date genomic diagnostics that assist in prescribing targeted nutrition and targeted complementary medicine.

This is especially important for cancer patients so that contraindications with conventional medicines can be avoided.


The specialists in the Grace Gawler Institute’s global cancer network are leaders in their fields carefully chosen for their skill & innovation.  Our medical networks are built on earned trust. Their respect for Grace Gawler’s knowledge & commitment to her patients forms the basis for ongoing collaborations.

Our specialists include – a leading USA brain surgeon, the Asian founder of immune therapy, a renowned Singaporean colorectal surgeon, an acclaimed German interventional radiologist, a Japanese proton beam specialist, & so many more.  


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Our navigator, Grace Gawler, is a cancer expert who will guide you safely through the complex cancer maze.

Grace draws on 45 years of cancer service to help you to access the best minimally invasive treatments suitable for your cancer type. 

Point of Difference: Normally the term cancer navigator applies to a nurse or other trained advocate within a hospital who helps patients manage their cancer journey. The Grace Gawler Institute navigator is independent and can thus refer patients to any of the world’s best cancer doctors.

To better understand how our navigation service works; imagine you are the captain of a survivor ship sailing in uncharted waters – it is the most important voyage of your life. You want it to be successful. As a first-time captain you enlist an experienced navigator, who, in 45 years of cancer service, has successfully navigated thousands of novice captains like you through the stormy cancer seas.

Our navigator sees your cancer options through a global treatment lens. This enables access to a wider range of minimally invasive treatment options. Grace liaises regularly between home country & overseas doctors to present a complete picture of you and your illness.

The navigator applies her meticulous approach to each patient’s case resulting in the minimisation of mistakes & optimal patient outcomes.

For example; in 40-60% of new cases, her team detects previous mistakes that will have hindered your recovery efforts. She will help access a more accurate diagnosis.

The navigator fills numerous roles helping to bridge the gaps between the patient as a whole person and the patient as seen in the medical system. 

Benefits: You’ll gain access to our national & international cancer medicine network which comprises some of the best cancer minds in the world. There you’ll can have minimally invasive targeted treatments with few side effects. Such a potent network of cancer experts has never been assembled before.

Benefits – More Detail:

  • A second opinion based on high level genomic testing – more sophisticated than diagnostics used in the hospitals of AU & NZ
  • The tests can identify minimally invasive target treatments with a higher likelihood of success & less suffering.
  • Minimally invasive treatment options can often be found for patients told ‘there is nothing more we can do.’
  • Peace of mind knowing you will be treated by world leaders in their fields applying cutting edge cancer treatments.
  • Time efficient: You will spend less time researching doctors, treatments, complementary medicines & therapies on the internet. We are literally a ‘one-stop-shop’.
  • Priority referrals means reduced waiting times for specialists, scans & tests due to our priority services.
  • Reduced worry of organising & arranging convenient medical appointments.
  • Ongoing personalised support, to help you manage the clinical, practical & emotional challenges of cancer.
  • Regular thorough monitoring with genomics

The five point Cancer Survivorship Care Plan forms the basis of our cancer navigation services.

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Our therapeutic director & chief navigator, Grace Gawler, has 45 years helping patients navigate the cancer maze.

Knowing that accurate diagnosis is key to targeted treatments, we refer patients to the best of modern genomic diagnostic tests.
As well, over the decades, Grace has built close liaisons with leading doctors across Australia, Asia, UK, USA & EU.

Doctors are selected based on their credibility & performance results as well as research record & academic achievement.

We prefer doctors who embrace new technologies, are ‘approachable’ & will ‘go the extra mile for you.’

Public health systems in Australia, NZ, UK or similar countries, do their best to provide good service to the general public. However, treatments are often very fragmented – many mistakes are made.

Navigating the ‘system’ to find the best (most appropriate) doctors & surgeons can be difficult and frustrating. Government health systems are limited by resources, funding & protocols.

The Cancer Navigation Service is a boutique service and as such can help you access exceptional levels of treatment & care.

This combined with careful case management means most of our patients exceed ‘normal’ medical expectations.

As well – the complexity of cancer makes it very challenging to manage. In fact all patients could benefit from an expert Navigator who supports them through the entire process.

Read our website home page & click all links.

Watch the short videos on the home page.

Thoroughly read these key pages – Cancer Fact Checker,

Book a Skype Video Consultation to explore how we can help you.

The navigator is the conductor of your total cancer care – just like an orchestral conductor who ‘coordinates’ musical experts of diverse skills. Thus the conductor has many responsibilities; coordinating instruments, musicians, music, tuning, timing, sequencing. She ensures the harmony of the symphony ‘team’ to produce a musical masterpiece.

Similarly; your navigator organises and coordinates your ‘medical orchestra.’ These include local and overseas oncologists, doctors, immune therapists, overseas treatment centres, genomic diagnostic labs, scanning, nutritional & complementary medicines. She makes sure nothing falls through the gaps and conducts the ‘team’ to produce the best medical ‘masterpiece’ for you – your health restoration.

It’s very hard – here’s why:

What is written officially and what we, and our patients experience at the cancer coalface is worlds apart.

An alternative medicine example; although our cancer navigator, Grace Gawler, is trained in Cancer botanicals and nutritionals, in her 45 years at the cancer coalface she has never experienced a cancer cure due to nutritional supplements or diet.

A conventional medicine example; the statistics regarding side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy as quoted by doctors and hospitals, are greatly different to those experienced by patients at the cancer coalface.

Another example; the official statistics regarding side-effects for men with prostate cancer, are very different to those experienced by patients – especially incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Why are there such discrepancies between the promotional material and the experiences of patients? Both alternative and conventional medicine are driven by the financial imperative. While alternative medicine has little or no regulation, conventional medicine is strongly regulated. Despite this; the truth about the efficacy of treatments such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and the new immunotherapy, and their side effects can remain elusive.

The immunotherapy example: While most of us are aware of patients extreme suffering due to chemotherapy, doctors and patients alike are excited by the possibilities offered by drug based immunotherapy. It is trending. However; it is not easy to find accurate reports about the severe short and long-term side effects that can make chemotherapy look mild in comparison.

The radiation therapy example: A leading French radiation therapist who specialises in repair from radiation side-effects, has stated that speaking about the debilitating and long-term side effects from radiation therapy is taboo. There is a conspiracy of silence.

Is there a middle path? The Grace Gawler Institute has assembled a network of cancer medicine practitioners who, not only are leaders in their field but who place ethics alongside skilled cancer care. In the few cases when ethics was neglected, those practitioners were removed from our referral network.

The navigator has vast expertise in supportive care cancer medicine including complementary medicines, therapies & care protocols.

However, we find that 99% of patients presenting to us have harmed their recovery & undermined their cancer medicines because of injudicious use of complementary medicines.

While there are some excellent botanical supplements which can complement cancer treatments; THIS FIELD REQUIRES EXPERTISE.

We recommend that patients check with us to see if their supplements are contraindicated against their cancer medicines.

We also suggest that when naturopaths or integrative doctors have prescribed supplements to our patients we get to review their ingredients to ensure these are not contraindicated and harming your recovery. 

We advise studying the pages on this website relating to cancer nutrition as well as the video tutorial page & the cancer fact checker page.

The Grace Gawler Institute for Cancer Survivorship and Research is an independent health promotion charity organisation.

We work with many doctors, hospitals and clinics both locally and overseas.  

This ensures we can access the most appropriate treatment for your current condition.

For example; sometimes we help you access the best treatment for you in Au or NZ.  Other times it may be necessary to source your treatment in Singapore, Japan, Germany or other overseas countries.