Cancer Survivorship and Research
The Grace Gawler Institute for Cancer Survivorship & Research
Referrals for Minimally Invasive Targeted Treatments
Local & Global Cancer Experts
The Grace Gawler Institute Cancer Patients without Borders…
Patients benefit enormously from our close collaborations with some of the best cancer centres in the world.
We speak from vast experience; 3+ decades experience referring patients overseas for innovative cancer treatments that were unavailable in Australia & New Zealand.
As a result; we frequently witness a hopeless prognoses transformed into a successful recovery and a return to wellness.
Transforming hopeless into hopeful with minimally invasive high-tech overseas cancer targeted treatments
Cancer story of hope: Sept 2019, one of our stage IV cancer patients has just returned home to Australia clear of any sign of cancer. Hers was a wonderful example of coordinating innovative treatments in three countries.
We initially referred her for genomic testing (for accurate diagnosis) followed by high-tech innovative treatments in Australia & Japan. After reconstructive colon surgery, completed in Singapore, the patient was declared cancer free. Full story below…
The Grace Gawler Institute's role is to refer, organise, coordinate, collaborate with doctors in the team, advise & support you through the whole process.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE:
- Cancer treatments vary widely from country to country.
- E.g. Some hi-tech treatments like Proton Beam Therapy are not available in Australia & New Zealand.
- THUS: a negative prognosis in AU or NZ may be seen as curative in our collegiate hospitals overseas.
The process is NOT simple. There are huge challenges in coordinating national/international medical teams on the patient’s behalf. It requires diplomacy & a deep knowledge of multidisciplinary cancer medicine across borders. DO NOT try this alone.
If cancer hospitals in Australia and New Zealand consistently achieved the positive outcomes seen in Grace Gawler Institute navigated patients, it would be highly publicised in the press & medical conferences.
Our Global Cancer Navigation Service:
Obviously, the Grace Gawler Institute is much more than a referral service. Thorough, comprehensive & personalised, we provide guidance & management at every step. Our unique service is based on our founder’s 45+ years experience helping cancer patients and her own lifesaving overseas surgeries (6).
Because we are very thorough, more time is spent than is charged for. Extra costs for time can be substantial – however our charity status allows us to subsidise extra services by way of donations.
Why we help patients access advanced overseas treatments?
Personal experience: Grace Gawler, knows what it like to be a patient with a life-challenging condition who has fallen through gaps in the medical system. In December 1997 she awoke after routine surgery to discover that her rectum was paralysed.
Helping Patients Navigate the National & International Cancer Maze:
With Grace’s successful overseas treatment history, it is not surprising that one of the Institute’s key initiatives involves helping patients find valid medical solutions overseas when solution are not available in their home country.
Cancer story of Hope – in full:
Today we received good news from a stage 4 patient (K) enrolled in our navigation services. Unsuccessfully treated in her hometown of Cairns, she had been given a terrible prognosis. Taking her on as a navigated patient, Grace Gawler had soon organised a rare combination of innovative treatments.
Patient K received cyber knife treatment in Perth, cell-based immune therapy in Japan, followed by further assessment with 4 multidisciplinary specialists in Singapore. Her numerous tumours are gone. No cancer is detected.
Solid science behind the miracle: A national & international medical team was assembled by Grace – based on patient K’s needs. The team was also closely coordinated by Grace.