Navigating the Cancer Maze with Grace Gawler Patient focus and empowerment – an important ingredient in Personalized Cancer Medicine.
April 26, 2013
Hosted by Grace Gawler
Today on Navigating the Cancer Maze I interview Peter Trayhurn, a 47 year old proactive, empowered and recovered cancer patient, husband and father of two. Diagnosed in 2010 with colorectal cancer, a tumor called adenocarcinoma, Peter had surgery, removal of a portion of his colon and was treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. He was considered clear. However a recurrence in 2012 saw him with peritoneal and liver metastases – given his poor prognosis, he chose to attend Hallwang Clinic in Germany with the Grace Gawler Institute and a group of Australian patients last October 2012. At the Clinic, his treatments were based on trifunctional antibodies, TACE with Prof Vogl, dendritic cell therapy and complementary treatments. By January everyone was amazed when Peter’s PET scan result was clear. He remains well and tumor free. Peter has documented his case and medical-records thoroughly on his blog site. Peter Trayhurn
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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.
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.