In order to comprehend the nature of our research it is first necessary to give a background of our Clientele:
The Grace Gawler Institute works primarily with cancer patients who have fallen through gaps in the medical system. We can provide to them a service not offered anywhere else.
Our patients include those…
- with treatment resistant cancers
- with rare or difficult to treat cancers
- who have exhausted all treatment options
- who are unable to tolerate harsh treatments (such as elderly patients).
Our 15 hour per week commitment to rigorous research; enables us to consistently source innovative treatments for the clientele mentioned above.
Remarkably; the nature of our research enables our patients to benefit from these treatments NOW (not 10 years in the future)
GGI EXACTING RESEARCH PROVIDES A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE FOR THOSE PATIENTS TOLD ‘THERE IS NOTHING MORE WE CAN DO.‘
Grace Gawler Institute research – ‘Exploring the other side of Possible’
Benefits for Patients:
- DIAGNOSTICS: The Grace Gawler Institute research enables us to find & integrate advanced genomic diagnostic tests for our patients.
These breakthrough tests enable us to determine personalised treatments that are accurately targeted by showing what works for each individual & what won’t work.
- TREATMENTS: The research enables us to locate and familiarise ourselves with the work of innovative oncology specialists around the world.
- COLLABORATIONS: Our research enables us to communicate at their level – speak their complex language. Without exception – these specialists have been more than willing to collaborate with our institute – providing untold benefits for our patients.
Example – some years ago, searching for a treatment for a young patient with brain cancer, Grace initiated a dialogue with a leading American brain surgeon.
Impressed by her thorough preparation and patient reports he indicated his willingness to collaborate.
Soon the patient was undergoing innovative treatments at his hospital. As a result of working with Grace, he wrote a four-page hand written letter indicating he was willing to act as an adviser for our charity.
We have similar relationships with leading cancer specialists across many countries. Like him, they happily offer guidance and collaborate medically when we share patients.
4. VARIETY: Thus the research enables us to offer a smorgasbord of innovative treatments that patients are not usually offered. This is particularly pertinent to those patients without options.
- Via our local and global networks we can offer patients an array of valid treatment options.
- We we help them access these treatments…
- AND: we navigate them through the complexities involved with marrying offshore cancer treatments with home country doctors and oncologists.
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The video explores genomic tests – a state of the art diagnostic tool allowing targeted treatments not previously possible. Thanks to collaborations arising from our ongoing research efforts our patients are accessing these groundbreaking diagnostic tools NOW.
Ged & Angela, Leiomyosarcoma – UK, Nov 2016
Since diagnosis with a rare cancer approximately 12 months ago, Grace has been expertly guiding us through the “cancer maze”, providing us with options when at times it seemed that there were none.
Nicole – Chondrosarcoma – Australia, Nov 2016
My last appointment with new oncologist did not go as planned, they say there is nothing more they can do for me here in Australia. I do really feel let down, falling through all the loop holes.
Steve – Father of 10 year old boy with Brain Cancer – Australia Nov 2016
In August 2015 our family was dealt the cruellest blow. Our beautiful, loving life 9 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Life as we knew it changed immediately.
The medical profession does not provide what you would expect in this situation.
Camilla – Metastatic Colon Cancer – UK – Nov 2016
When you receive the diagnosis of cancer, you feel as though you are falling into an abyss with nothing to cling onto…..but then you find Grace!
My oncologist gave me no hope. He offered chemotherapy but and I was told “we will keep you as well as we can for a long as we can”. I was 41 with a husband and four children; this was definitely not the news I wanted to hear. It was then that we found Grace.
Dee S – Colorectal Cancer – Australia – Nov 2016
My journey began 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer. Unfortunately it has been a rough road with 11 surgeries and 3 rounds of Chemotherapy only to have the disease metastasise even further.