Cancer Survivorship and Research

How we bridge the Gaps – patient scenarios


Patient Scenario 1. Fallen through the Gaps – heavily pre-treated

You’ve been to top cancer specialists and the best hospitals but your disease is still progressing. You are one of many patients who has fallen through a gap in the medical system. Your case is now outside the assembly line medicine box. Could your medical solution require an outside the box approach?

Patient Scenario 2. Recently diagnosed – but not yet treated 
You are recently diagnosed and prefer to avoid harsh treatments that may not work for your cancer type. You want to know more about minimally invasive treatments and who to contact?

Can the Grace Gawler Institute help you?

While each case is different, bridging the gaps in the system and helping you access medical excellence via qualified second opinions and innovative treatment hubs, is our specialty.

What we Do

Patient Advocacy and Guidance:

*Assist patients who have fallen through the “medical support” gap.
*Encourage better communication between patients & their health professionals. 
*Help patients to effectively navigate the cancer maze; includes all patients  – early to advanced stages.
*Navigate patients to access state-of-the-art treatments & cancer experts.
*Help patients maintain well-being, build  psychological resilience & develop tools for managing trauma & stress associated with their diagnosis. 

How we do it

Bridging the gaps in Cancer Care we offer...

*Survivorship Care Plans: Boutique, dedicated cancer management plans; the ultimate service for you, including…

*Second Opinions – Access to Advanced Diagnostics.

*Beyond Assembly Line Medicine – Access to Innovative Cancer Treatment Hubs within Australia – Minimally Invasive treatments.

*Personalised Cancer Navigation – Access to Health Restoration, Wellbeing and Resilience Strategies.

*Personalised & Targeted Complementary Medicines 

We offer two distinctly different services.

Video Consultations                     Long Term Survivorship Care Plans

Lost in the cancer maze? 
Video Consultations: We suggest an initial one hour video consultation with Grace Gawler to explore your cancer recovery options. After the consultation you may be interested in applying for a Long Term Survivorship Care Plan. You will have the opportunity to discuss your suitability with Grace.

Long Term Survivorship Care Plans:
Our boutique survivorship care plans provide 10 hours of dedicated services, including video calls. Plans are personally designed & implemented for each patient’s unique needs. Cost effective – they provide research, referrals, coordination, case management continuity, regular support & follow up.

Re-imagining your cancer survivorship with a veteran cancer navigator

and strategist by your side.

The Grace Gawler Institute“The Grace Gawler Institute offers you guided and coordinated access to some of Australia’s most advanced cancer therapies and treatments,” says Grace Gawler, author, cancer patient advocate, cancer navigator and nutritional adviser, with 46 years cancer support experience. The Grace Gawler Institute is an independent, not-for-profit that can provide patients with un-biased guidance.

A citizen scientist & pioneer of supportive care cancer medicine, Grace co-founded Australia’s first cancer support groups. Her patient advocacy in Australia & New Zealand saw Grace receiving the inaugural Rotary International Jean Harris Award for services towards advancing the role of women in society; the highest honour Rotary bestows on a non-Rotarian. 

Grace’s experience as care giver, cancer patient & veteran of 28 complex surgeries underpins her unique approach to the art & science of supportive care cancer medicine.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:  Podcast BBC, UK. Grace interview. Attitudinal Strategies for Survival

Endorsement by Fairlie – Breast Cancer Survivor

Grace is the “missing link” in the complex world of multi-disciplinary cancer management & treatment. Her ability to see the whole landscape of treatment & care options both nationally & internationally is unparalleled! Her depth of knowledge, broad experience base, compassionate character, plus her intellectually curious & rigorous nature; make her an anomaly in the field.

Endorsement by Robert – Long Term Survivor 

My  original diagnosis in 2013 showed a parotid tumour. I had a neck dissection diagnosed with SCC with metastases in lung. The prognosis was poor. Grace organised special immune therapy in Japan, 2015 after previous treatments here failed to halt progression of my metastases. Grace continues to advise me after my return. Still healthy in 2020; my family and I thank Grace and most sincerely. I now have a second chance at life.

Lifestyle & Complementary Medicine

Targeted Cancer Nutrition & Complementary Medicines: Our all-round approach includes innovative oncology with prescribed complementary medicine. Using genetic analysis your complementary medicine can be highly personalised rather than a one size fits all –  no more guesswork! 

Our Survivorship Care Plan Patients benefit from Grace’s qualifications in Botanical Science & Medicine. E:G: Eat right for your genes – Grace can introduce you to the latest nutritional gene testing; a personalised approach to nutrition. A similar gene test is available to identify how you metabolise complementary medicines which helps to avoid contraindications with conventional medicines.

Explore your Survivorship Possibilities

Collegiate Local & Global Networks

Grace Gawler Institute’s Collegiate Medical Professionals Networks

Cancer experts in our global network are carefully chosen for their skill, compassion and innovation, often providing second opinions. These networks are built on earned trust.

There is widespread collegiate respect for Grace’s knowledge & commitment to her patients. 
Left – Directors, Grace and Pip, R & D visit to Taiwan University 2019 

Our Networks for Second Opinions & Treatments include the following…

Australia – Experts in NET tumours, radio labelled molecule therapy, cyberknife, genomic & pathology diagnostics, intra-abdominal pressurised chemotherapy, hi-frequency ultrasound, pancreatic & liver specialists, and many more.
Singapore – a renowned Singaporean colorectal surgeon, his oncology team and hospital – 2 sarcoma specialists and their hospitals
Germany – an acclaimed German interventional radiologist
Japan – a large Japanese hospital specialising in proton beam therapy – the Asian founder of cell-based immune therapy, expert endovascular treatments TACE
Taiwan – a leading Taiwan head and neck cancer specialist – a leading researcher of medicinal fungi for cancer patients. 
USA – a highly credentialed brain surgeon and researcher

Endorsement by Lawrence: Head & Neck Cancer Remission with Minimally Invasive treatments. Remission.

Thanks to Grace’s expertise, knowledge and contacts, we were able to travel with a medical exemption, to receive Cyberknife Radiosurgery. The Clinic was fantastic and worked with Grace behind the scenes to arrange my treatment plan while we were stuck in Covid quarantine. Follow up with PET CT Dec 2020 showed no evidence of disease.

Endorsement by Janet: Advanced metastatic gallbladder cancer In Remission since 2016

I immediately related to the mantra of ‘navigating the cancer maze’ when I clicked on her website. Grace gave me HOPE, VISION & DIRECTION. Due to a combination of treatments, palliative chemotherapy became curative despite her poor prognosis and little chance of eradicating the tumour –  expected medium survival time is 4.8 months. Jan 2021; Janet remains in Remission.