Colon Cancer

The Grace Gawler Institute offers comprehensive advisory services as well as referrals for second opinions for patients diagnosed at all stages of colorectal cancer – including stage 4.

We provide referrals for Genomic diagnostics for all Colorectal Cancers:

Advances in Genomic & Molecular diagnostics have now been accepted into clinical use in the USA.

However; lagging behind, its clinical application & availability is currently very limited for patients in Australia & New Zealand.

Since genomic diagnostics, personalised medicine & targeted medicine have dramatically changed the landscape of treating colon & colorectal cancer, we developed a service so our patients can access these amazing genomic breakthroughs.

Grace Gawler, the Institute’s cancer navigator, says, “I am continually amazed when I see genomic results from patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Each patient presents with significantly different DNA mutations that has an impact on treatment design and drug type.

In other words; in the age of genomic medicine all colorectal cancers have a different genomic signature.

These advancements make obsolete the current one size fits all approaches common to our medical systems.”   

The Grace Gawler Institute has a long history of referring patients to & working closely with some of the worlds leading cancer experts. We introduce one of our colon & colorectal colleagues below

Dr Francis Seow-Choen:

Pip & Grace with Francis Seow Choen

Apart from his expertise, Dr Francis has an amazing story to share. His journey from child cancer patient to famous colorectal surgeon is nothing short of inspiring.

Background: As a little boy Francis became medically famous when diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma; the first recorded case in Singapore. After diagnosis & an arduous 6 months that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment; he survived! He was just 7 years old.

A world leader; Dr Francis Seow-Choen is now an internationally recognised colorectal surgeon, currently practising at Mount Elizabeth Medical. Centre. He is Visiting Professor to the Tianjin Police Hospital, PR China, Visiting Professor to the National Centre for Colorectal Diseases, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, PR China. He helped establish the first colorectal surgery department in Asia which offered patients the latest surgical techniques at the Singapore General Hospital.

He is leading the development of colorectal surgery in Asia particularly in the area of robotic technique, and has frequently conducted training in a number of countries. He is frequently consulted by surgeons from all over the world with regard to the best method of handling difficult cases.