Cancer Patients without Borders Melbourne

Cancer Patients without Borders

An initiative of the Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions

Cancer treatments are not equal worldwide. A stage IV patient with a negative prognosis in one country may be curative in another.

Why we help patients access advanced overseas treatments?

Personal experience: Grace Gawler 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.

This unexpected event was to change her life drastically. Consecutive surgeries followed, ileostomies, colostomies and removal of damaged and impacted colon were band-aid treatments that bought time; but her long term prognosis was grim.

In 2002-03, with just one Australian physician supporting her decision to seek an experimental treatment developed in the Netherlands, (15 others were not in favour); she left Australian to seek her optimum recovery. Her experimental surgery involved a long stay in Rotterdam.

The procedure involved surgically implanting a bionic device and electrodes in her lower back and buttock; designed to mimic the nerve supply that no longer functioned.

Not tried before for her condition, it was successful and a world first! Every day her device still pulses at 6 volts and is responsible for Grace getting her life back; ending those years of colon surgeries and failing ileostomy procedures.

Replacement surgeries are ongoing. The battery operated device needs to be replaced approximately every 3-4 years. So far Grace has undergone 23 surgical procedure since 1997.

The procedure is now performed in Singapore, but still not available in Australia.

Click here BBC Interview – Grace explains her ‘world first’ procedure in the Netherlands

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.

The need: When it comes to cancer treatments, not all countries are equal in what they can offer. Some proven treatments and procedures may be registered for use in some countries – but not others.

We believe that life is precious and that well-being & good life quality is the right of all cancer patients as it is their right to explore all possible options to extend their life with good quality.

We are committed to assist cancer patients to navigate the complex international cancer treatment maze with support and guidance. 

New Technologies: Over the Decades we have developed close collaborations with experts in many medical fields worldwide.

As well we have embraced the highest levels of medical science and technology including advanced genomic testing and monitoring tools.

Our medical oncology colleagues can also assist with providing access to targeted treatments as recommended by precision medicine diagnostics. In terms of state of the art treatments; we enlist our international experts to provide you with treatment opinions, not available in your home country.

We can assist with referrals to (cell-based) Immune Therapy Centres, Proton beam and Cyber-knife centres located in Asia; treatment options not available in Australia.

Our Global Cancer Navigation Service: 

  • We offer more than a referral service – more comprehensive & personalised; providing guidance & management at every step.
  • Our unique service is based on our founder’s 43 years experience helping cancer patients. Click to view our Navigation Package
  • No Bias: importantly – we receive no financial remuneration from the hospitals/experts we refer you to for an opinion – the only remuneration we receive is from you, the patient on a fee for service basis.
  • 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.
  • Along with your medical team, we help match you to centres of excellence with expertise in your particular cancer – within Australia and globally.
  • Close collaborations with some of the world’s leading oncologists – Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Germany, the UK, EU and the USA also means we can fast -track opinions.
  • We understand that international travel for cancer treatment can be daunting. We can assist with logistics, travel information whilst guiding you through your treatments.
  • We maintain a close connection with you while overseas and can provide liaisons with your local doctors and oncology team – essential for long-term monitoring and maintenance.
  • We also offer psychological & emotional support.

Patients from the UK, Canada, USA and other Northern Hemisphere countries can also access advanced treatments overseas when these are not available or accessible in their home countries countries.

UK and Northern Hemisphere Patients Click here for Specific Information

New Culture of Cancer Survivorship

Referrals for Precision (Personalised) Medicine

Genomic Tests – Targeted Treatments – Minimally Invasive – Low Toxicity  

Are you lost in the complex and bewildering cancer maze?

Are you diagnosed with cancer, feeling confused and in need of guidance? 

Are you frustrated by the oncologist’s watch and wait approaches?

Have your doctors said there’s nothing more we can do? 

Do you have a rare, difficult to treat, or stage IV cancer? A brain Cancer? Do you want a 2nd opinion?

Have you considered exploring options that could give you a second chance at life?

We can help you…

We assist patients to access precision medicine with highly effective hi-tech treatments. We believe cancer patients; even stage IV, can extend their lives, improve quality of life, or achieve remission. We certainly believe patients have a right to try!

How we help you: Via our Global Cancer Navigation Service, we refer you to expert cancer doctors in our global medical alliance. We guide/advise you through the process & even support your journey with targeted botanicals. (Scroll page)

Our global cancer navigation service is built upon one substantial truism.…

Cancer treatments are not equal worldwide – rules, protocols, equipment & medicines differ internationally.

This means that every day we are able to help stage IV patients, patients with rare or difficult to treat tumours, access hi-tech treatments via our global medical alliance.  

Most had previously been told by their hospitals “there is nothing more we can do.” 

With our global cancer navigation service – palliative patients often become curative patients. 

Precision Medicine & the Genomic Era: 
The cancer treatment revolution

We help our patients access Precision Medicine – targeted, minimally invasive treatments, not yet routinely available in most hospitals:

Genomic diagnostic and screening tests can accurately identify targeted treatments for cancer patients. 

The tests lay the foundation for precision medicine, also called personalised or targeted medicine.

As a bonus: pharmacogenomic tests can determine whether the patient can metabolise (digest/absorb) the identified target treatment successfully.

These two tests have revolutionised cancer medicine with targeted treatments achieving better outcomes with minimal side effects.

If our service sounds too good to be true?
We invite you to explore these true stage IV patient testimonials – click here

If these 10 true stories inspire you please contact us and we can start your Health Restoration Journey by sending your medical history to our overseas experts for a second opinion.

There are many exceptional leading cancer doctors in our global alliance.

Leaders in their fields, they are not restricted by local hospital protocols or financial constraints.

Who are we? Why are we so ideally positioned to help you?

I’m Grace Gawler, cancer navigator and patient advocate. My husband and I, Pip Cornall, are directors of the Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer solutions.

Overseas referrals: For 3 decades I have referred patients overseas for high-tech cancer treatments which includes an amazing blood-based immune therapy. See Testimonials

It’s rewarding but complex work requiring a close relationship between doctors, patient, their families and myself.

My 43 years’ experience: 18,000+ cancer patients, caregiver for cancer patient (22 yrs), co-director 2 cancer charities (20 yrs), international speaker, author of 4 cancer books.

I’ve had 6 life-extending overseas surgeries: Netherlands (2002/3/), Singapore (2009/14). I am now colostomy/ileostomy bag free thanks to my bionic colon device. It was a world first; however please note; my Australian doctors had unanimously discouraged me from trying.

Our patients consistently defy Clinical Expectations.

Exceptional Responders: Most of our patients had advanced cancer, yet most achieved excellent outcomes. They all received a special immune therapy made from their own blood. Minimally invasive with minimal side effects. 

To celebrate these consistent successes we formed an exceptional survivor’s group; the Grace Gawler Institute Christmas Club.

Jeffrey Deslandes, a 12 year survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thanks to cancer vaccines, is patron of our Christmas club. For more information…

Click the purple button below.

If these stories inspire – you can arrange a Skype Consultation (buttons below). If required, I can fast track your appointment.

In the consultation, we’ll examine your medical history and begin your Health Restoration Plan. Based on your history – I’ll discuss treatment options with you. I predict you’ll be amazed since most patients say; ‘I wish I found you sooner.’

Next:  For continuity, convenience and cost efficiency, we advise registering for a Cancer Navigation Package. (Brown button below) This commitment underpins the complex  organisation and international collaborations required to give you a second chance at life.

Targeted Botanicals and Precision Wellness.

I can also support your cancer treatments with coordinated-targeted botanicals, (when appropriate). This requires an in-depth knowledge of herb-drug, food-drug and other interactions – one of my strengths.

Our Precision Wellness Program helps you maintain gains from your overseas treatments, minimise risk of recurrence, contribute to longevity & well-being. Purple button below.

Cancer Knowledge = Patient empowerment 

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Precision Medicine

Targeted Treatments – Minimally Invasive – Low Toxicity

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