Navigating the Cancer Maze: Cancer in the news: Are there roles for alternative Medicine and integrative medicine in cancer therapies?

November 30, 2012
Hosted by Grace Gawler

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Episode Description

The new cancer consciousness began to sweep the Globe in the 1970’s. This revolution brought fresh light to not only the treatment of cancer, but also the patient’s role in their treatment. New entities were born such as nutritional medicine, nutritional and environmental medicine and integrative medicine. So began the empowered patient and the beginning of personalised cancer medicine or patient centred medicine. Patients wanted to know more, have access to alternative medicine and be able to make their own decisions with regards to choice of treatments. In 2012 this new wave of medicine is meeting some challenges. Has the pendulum swung too far? Self empowerment for cancer patients is leading some patients towards self destruction due to too little knowledge. I will discuss a famous Australian story that played a pivotal role at the vanguard, influencing patients’ choices and decisions. The story and its implications, has featured prominently in Australian and Global media this year.

Navigating the Cancer Maze

Navigating the Cancer Maze

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Navigating the Cancer Maze aims to share time-proven strategies in a “Let’s talk about it” atmosphere with the aim of making the journey through cancer more easeful through knowledge. The program is solutions focused for patients at all stages of cancer. Acknowledging and dealing with fear and trauma surrounding cancer is essential for any Health Restoration Plan as is pre-planning for any setbacks that are likely to be met along the way. Although we hear a lot about cancer in the news, for many patients cancer remains a personal, silent and deeply unexpressed grief. It is important to acknowledge the reality of a cancer diagnosis, while being authentic about process and keeping possibilities open. The best outcomes are experienced when the best of conventional medicine is paired with the best of complementary supported by an empowered patient.

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Grace Gawler

Grace Gawler

For almost 4 decades Grace Gawler has been the “rock” for thousands of cancer patients who seek her guidance and strategies. Grace has also assisted those who struggle to manage adversity and uninvited changes that life challenging or life threatening illness can bring. At 21, Grace became a full-time care-giver to her boyfriend. She married him, a cancer amputee with a poor prognosis. He survived and they established a non-profit organization to support people going through the trauma of cancer and other life challenging illness. She created Australia’s first breast cancer support group and residential program which led to authoring Women of Silence: the emotional healing of breast cancer, a 1994 best seller which remains a bible for women with breast cancer. Grace has worked in Government creating a new Women’s Health Plan. She was awarded the prestigious inaugural Rotary International Jean Harris Award for Services to Women in Society. In 1997, Grace experienced not only the collapse of her marriage but was soon hospitalized. Complications from a routine surgery created a major health crisis. After 20 surgical procedures over 13 years, she faced death many times. A bionic surgical procedure in the Netherlands gave her back life and vitality. Grace has survived and thrived and is passionate about helping others to walk in the field of all possibilities and navigate the cancer maze. She has her own cancer charity and consults to Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany.

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