The remarkable testimonials (below) are true stories from real people; wives, husbands, daughters and sons.
These patients were recipients of cell based immune therapies in the form of cancer vaccines, in conjunction with hyperthermia and other treatments.
Such great outcomes depend upon meticulous timing and sequencing. This is the role of the cancer navigator, Grace Gawler.
To celebrate our patients second chance at life, we formed the Exceptional Responders Christmas Club. Jeffrey Deslandes, author of “From Cancer Good Things Grow,” was appointed patron. Jeffrey is 12 year survivor following failed treatments for stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A living pioneer of vaccine therapies for cancer, Jeffrey has been an inspiration for many patients to follow in his footsteps – since personalised vaccines are playing a key role in their recovery. Why have a Christmas club? Jeffrey beat a cancer considered incurable (at its stage). His prognosis was bleak. According to his oncologist, he would not see his next Christmas… That was 12 Christmases ago. Like Jeffrey, the 10 stage IV patients (below) had poor prognoses and would not see their next Christmas. (2017, 2016, 2013 etc. )
But like Jeffery, they defied the odds – they qualified to join the Christmas club.
An annual award event is planned for our growing number of exceptional survivors.
The goal will be to collect as many awards as possible. Jeffrey’s video – Cancer Vaccines (R)
Newly diagnosed patients:
Like Rachel’s story (4) below, it may be advantageous for newly diagnosed patients to consider cell based (different to drug based) immune therapy prior to beginning any course of treatment.
The logic… By the time the patient receives a diagnosis of cancer, their immune recognition and surveillance system is already compromised. It makes sense, therefore, to reconstitute the immune system prior to embarking upon major cytotoxic treatments.
In such cases, we’re advised by our Japanese immune therapy experts.
Patient Testimonials: All testimonials are authentic and medically verifiable. We omit photos to protect patient privacy. 1. Diane – Triple Negative Stage IV Breast Cancer – Diagnosed 2015 – New Zealand In 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a wide, local excision. Because my cancer is triple negative, meaning it will not respond to hormonal therapy, I was recommended to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which I did and it was not pleasant. In 2017, it was found my cancer had returned and metastasised to the liver. As it was close to the hepatic vein, surgery was not an option. After scans, I was told by my oncologist that I had a life expectancy of 3 to 6 months, could be double that if I underwent chemotherapy. 2. Ben – Brain Tumour Glioblastoma Stage IV Wildtype – Diagnosed – 3/6/17 – NSW Australia My wife and I were directed to Grace by another patient. This patient was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given six months to live. This was 5 years ago! I was diagnosed with a grade IV Glioblastoma and with so many things happening medically it was an extremely stressful time. We purchased the Cancer Navigation (NAV) package and the very next day had a Skype session with Grace. Prior to speaking with Grace, we had been told that there was no cure and treatment was limited to radiation and chemotherapy. The first thing that stood out for us was Grace’s knowledge. Speaking to her for the first time was exciting as we realised there was hope. 3. Greg – Advanced Stage IV pancreatic cancer – diagnosed 2017 – Queensland Australia Greg’s wife Claire – “Greg was diagnosed with advanced stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Australia’s medical system gave us no hope. We were lucky enough to have Grace recommended to us and within 3 weeks of Greg’s diagnosis we were in Japan. This was daunting and it was not a small decision to make, but we felt it was the right one and we had nothing to lose. 4. Rachel – High-grade serous ovarian carcinoma stage IV – diagnosed December 2015 – Australia 13 January – 2017 – Email update from Rachel: Just letting you know I had PET/CT scan and results yesterday and I am all clear. I have No cancer! Many, many thanks for all your care of me and support over the past year and a bit and throughout my cancer journey. You gave us direction, courage, hope and lots of good paths to follow especially sending us to Japan and recommending a new oncologist and surgeon. My husband and I are so very grateful. We can’t thank you enough. As of October 2017- Rachel remains well and cancer free. Rachel’s Story: In January 2016 liver metastases were diagnosed along with multiple peritoneal nodes. 5. Janet – Advanced Metastatic Gallbladder Cancer – diagnosed May 2016 – Queensland Australia Janet’s husband –”I feel so lucky that I clicked onto Grace’s name whilst doing a google search on behalf of my wife, Janet, who was diagnosed with advanced metastatic gallbladder cancer. * When I clicked onto her website, I immediately related to the mantra of ‘navigating the cancer maze’! That was exactly what Janet and I needed. Grace immediately gave us new HOPE, VISION & DIRECTION that we were sadly lacking at that stage of our journey! 6. Marianne – Advanced Micro Papillary Breast Cancer with Bone Metastases – diagnosed Oct 2016 – written by Marianne – NSW Australia Grace is the light in a sea of darkness for me. An angel brought into my life, she guided me through the complex process of obtaining effective cancer treatments overseas! Having been diagnosed in February 2014 with breast cancer, and having taken a number of alternative treatments working on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, I was given the all clear. However, in November 2016, I was diagnosed with a huge tumour in my breast which metastasised extensively into my bones.
7. Elizabeth – Advanced inoperable pancreatic cancer – diagnosed July 2016 – NSW Australia: After losing 18 kg in two months I was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. Surgery was performed. The tumour was wrapped around the hepatic artery and therefore the surgeon had to leave some tumour behind. This was followed by six months of chemotherapy. Two months after the completion of chemotherapy, I received news that the tumour had regrown with two spots in my pancreas. 8. Saving Face – John – Orbital Cancer-Eye, Sydney Patient, February 2016 – NSW Australia. A high profile NSW man, contacted us just two days before surgery at a large Sydney hospital to remove his eye socket & upper facial quadrant. He was extremely distressed knowing he faced a rigorous 5 month recovery affecting his quality of life. After his Skype call Grace knew exactly where to refer him for a rapid second opinion. Within a few hours she had initiated a dialogue and had sent scans to world eye cancer experts in Germany and Japan. 9. Gary – Hepatocellular Carcinoma – advanced primary liver cancer – March 2017 – Canadian Patient My name is Gary Howes, I was diagnosed with severe advanced liver cancer in March of this year. Living in Canada I was given a year to live – probably less. The prognosis was the unfortunate product of a public health system that applies to New Zealand and Australia as well. All three countries have similar dismal records with this disease. Knowing I was in trouble I started checking around. 10. Robert – Advanced Metastatic SCC parotid with lung metastases – 2013 – Perth, WA. My original diagnosis in 2013 showed a parotid tumour. I had a neck dissection diagnosed with SCC with mets in lung. PET CT showed avid nodules. The prognosis was poor. Grace Gawler, from the Grace Gawler Institute, organised for me to visit Japan for immune therapy in September 2015 after previous surgery, chemotherapy and radiation failed to halt progression of my metastases. Remarkably I only went once and the benefit was huge.
The following testimonials are from patients who did not have the benefit of blood or tissue-based cancer vaccines. Nevertheless, they show how a cancer navigator/patient advocate can guide patients through the complex cancer maze.Ged, Leiomyosarcoma & Liver Metastases & Bladder Cancer – UK, diagnosed Oct 2015 Since diagnosis with a rare cancer approximately 12 months ago, Grace has been expertly guiding us through the “local and overseas cancer maze”, providing us with options when at times it seemed that there were none. 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 – Cancer of the Saecum, Liver & Lung Metastases – UK – Diagnosed Oct 2013 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. Beth – Gastric Cancer – Jan 2016 Thank you Grace for bringing a new perspective to our family’s life-changing challenge as we deal with mother, wife and daughter-in-law Beth’s metastatic gastric cancer. You’ve contributed in your straightforward and generous way, invaluable information that’s given us completely new directions to explore, adding a very special element to the incredible support of an ever-increasing group of therapists and clinicians. Fairlie Dec 2015 – Breast Cancer Grace is the “missing link” in the complex world of multi-disciplinary cancer management and treatment. Her ability to see the whole landscape of treatment and care options both nationally and internationally is unparalleled! As someone with a recent breast cancer diagnosis, she has been invaluable in assisting me with unpacking and interpreting the myriad of differing opinion that is out there. David Anastasi, Northern NSW, Head & Neck Cancer, 2012 If you have experienced the medical inadequacies such as the long overdue return phone calls, the lack of bedside manners, the feeling of having no control or input as to your outcome, let Grace guide you out of that minefield of disappointments, as she has for me.
Joanne – Pacific Pines, Qld – Reactive Arthritis & Fibro Myalgia – June 2015
Grace Gawler is passionate about health and empathetic about working with what I could manage. She was very knowledgeable about test results and turning them into a treatment program that is working for me.
Marnie 2015 – Early stage Breast Cancer:“I had the good fortune to find Grace Gawler and Dr Bruce Whelan through Grace’s book “Women of Silence” that was recommended to me by a friend shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis in September 2014.
Rona in the UK Says –
I haven’t met anyone else who has Grace’s empathy and honesty, depth and breadth of information and level of commitment to her clients. I feel I can trust her advice because she has my well-being at heart and wants the best results for me. Even after my initial treatments in Europe, Grace kept in touch and followed-up and supported me when I got home and was going through the toughest times. I feel I have a friend for life. If you are overwhelmed by information about cancer treatments, have questions about what you should do next, or feel you have run out of options, please contact her. 2013
Stuart M – Rural VictoriaIn Stuart’s case we referred him for treaments overseas which reduced his tumour size enabling surgery to be successfully undertaken back in Australia – not previously possible.” Pip Cornall Stuart recalls: “Friday September 7, 2012… possibly the worst day of mine and my family’s life. Dearest Grace, I cannot express how much of a positive input you had on both mum and I during this challenging season of our lives. Other testimonial categories…
- Professional Testimonials
- Testimonials – Grace’s Radio Show
- Professional Praise – Grace’s Cancer Books