Grace Gawler Institute - Local & Global Cancer Navigation Referrals 2020

Bridging the Gaps in Cancer Care

Learn how to Survive & Thrive with our New Culture of Cancer Survivorship in 2020: 

“The Grace Gawler Institute offers you access to some of the world’s most advanced cancer therapies and treatments,” says Grace Gawler, author, cancer patient advocate, cancer navigator and nutritional adviser, with 45 years experience. 

Grace’s organisation, the Grace Gawler Institute is an independent not-for-profit founded to provide cancer patients with long-term cancer management strategies implemented via their unique Survivorship Care Plans.

Grace Gawler is a pioneer of supportive care cancer medicine & patient advocacy in Australia & New Zealand. Her personal experience as both a care giver and patient brings a unique approach to the art and science of supportive care cancer medicine.

As its key objectives; Grace’s method is designed to help cancer patients maintain well-being, build emotional & psychological resilience and to develop tools for managing the trauma & stress associated with a diagnosis of cancer. In addition; Grace can provide access to second opinions, targeted & minimally invasive treatments especially for patients who fall outside the standard of care.

2020: Expanding Services for men with Prostate Cancer

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 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) 

2020: Expanded Services for Women with Breast Cancer

Getting Started: I suggest you explore this page (and site) thoroughly to learn of the safe and innovative cancer therapies that I help my patients to access via the exceptional cancer experts in my national & international networks.

The Grace Gawler Institute offers a unique service bridging the gaps between supportive care medicine and hi-tech minimally invasive treatments. Click the picture (left) to visit the Breast Cancer Page.

We offer assistance to patients with all types of breast cancer including those that are difficult to treat such as triple negative breast cancer

Video Consultations Only - Due to Covid 19 Precautions

Due to Coronavirus – Video Consultation Only with Grace to explore what is available via innovative Australian Cancer Specialists

In 2020, when you consult with Grace, at the Grace Gawler Institute, you will gain access to local & global experts who will guide you in the art of cancer survivorship.

Grace is the Australia & NZ pioneer in cancer navigation and patient advocacy. The most effective way Grace can assist you is via our dedicated cancer navigation service. 

Discuss how our Cancer Navigation Services can help you in 60-minute video call with Grace.

Whatever your cancer diagnosis we can help you.

Grace Gawler says, ” our Navigated Survivorship Care Plan includes referrals to world-class cancer treatments that may include combinations of…
Genomic diagnostics, targeted treatments, innovative & minimally invasive cancer treatments, innovative surgical options. 
Minimally invasive targeted radiation beam therapies and safe, effective cell based immune therapy (cancer vaccines)”

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Diane’s remarkable Triple Negative Breast Cancer Story – Making the Impossible Possible

Immunotherapy – Australia & New Zealand: Diane & our other 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. They have severe side effects. The immunotherapy we recommend & refer patients for is made from your own immune cells, has no side effects & increases wellbeing & quality of life.

Diane followed the Grace Gawler Institute's Five-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 Vaccines  (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

Personalised Cancer Vaccines – (Cell-based immunotherapy)

You can access personalised cancer vaccines via the Grace Gawler Institute Navigated Survivorship Care Plan. Includes referrals to world-class cancer treatments that may include combinations of…
Genomic diagnostics, targeted treatments, innovative & minimally invasive cancer treatments, innovative surgical options. 
Minimally invasive targeted radiation beam therapies and safe, effective cell based immune therapy (cancer vaccines)

Personalised Vaccine Story

Jeffrey Deslandes was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage IV with bone marrow infiltration in 1999; with challenging conventional treatments; he subsequently relapsed 4 times.

After his last relapse in 2006, Jeffrey started looking for emerging cancer therapies. He learned of an experimental treatment involving a personalised vaccine protocol.

It was now feasible to have something good—a personalised cancer vaccine—created from something bad—your cancer.

This one-of-a-kind vaccine re-educated his immune system so that it could identify and destroy his cancer. Listen to my interviews with Jeffrey Deslandes at https://www.navigatingthecancermazeaustralia.org/cancer-vaccines-a-survivors-story-non-hodgkins-lymphoma-stage-iv/ 

Jeffrey Deslandes was able to take advantage of Clinical Trials conducted in QLD for lymphoma patients in 2006. The trial was led by a Brisbane based Haematology oncologist.

The Trials were based on hi-tech Japanese personalised vaccine technology. The vaccines delivered successful outcomes to several patients. One of the successful patients, Jeffrey Deslandes has gone public with his story and authored a book about his personalised cancer vaccine success titled “From Cancer Good Things Grow”. The book was launched in Jeffrey’s home town of Melbourne. I endorsed Jeffrey’s story by writing the Foreword.

Receiving treatment with a cancer vaccine made from specially prepared tumour tissue along with a patient’s own harvested immune cells, has been responsible for the success of many of the Grace Gawler Institute’s long-term cancer survivors. For those patients who could not provide a tissue sample, vaccines made from their own harvested, restored and empowered immune cells, has also delivered successful as well as partial responses.

The Grace Gawler Institute’s expert Professor & Cancer Immunologist in Japan has safely delivered 1000s of Personalised Vaccines to cancer patients since the early 1990’s. It’s safe, can be highly effective and it’s affordable at approx $25,000 AUD per course.

The Grace Gawler Institute - Experts in Cancer Navigation Services

                       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.

What is a Cancer Navigator & Minimally Invasive Treatment Advocate? How can they help me?

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 we believe every cancer patient deserves a chance to extend their life and experience high level well-being

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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Talk to Grace, our experienced cancer navigator today. Nearly all patients say it was a life changing conversation & wish they found her sooner...
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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.