Special Encore Presentation of How to Navigate the Carers Maze: Grace Gawler and Ellen Slater

March 27, 2015
Hosted by Grace Gawler

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Ellen Slater has had a life-time of personal care-giving & then chose a vocation in care-giving as well as a career as a family therapist and counselor. For 6 years Ellen has been Manager for Counseling, Family Support and Advocacy programs with Carers Queensland. Carers Australia is the peak body for carers. Carers Queensland is responsible for a National Carers Counseling Program (NCCP) which, Ellen has been privileged to manage. In Queensland the organization has 13 professional counseling staff, where they offer face to face counseling, telephone counseling & home visits. This is a state wide program. Ellen has recently resigned from her position at Carers Qld to follow her heart and passion into her next venture and adventure; Joyland Carers Retreat near Korora beach, Coffs Harbour in Northern NSW. More about Ellen Slater on the Guest page. CONTACT CARER'S QLD: More resources and info for USA caregivers at

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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March 2015

  • 3/27/2015: Special Encore Presentation of How to Navigate the Carers Maze: Grace Gawler and Ellen Slater Listen Now
  • 3/20/2015: Special Encore Presentation: Navigating the Vascular maze in Cancer Medicine – Clotting Risks for Cancer Patients - What You Can Do Listen Now
  • 3/13/2015: Special Encore Presentation: Navigating the Cancer Maze with Dr Julie Crews: Why We Need to Search for the Truth in Cancer Cure Stories Listen Now
  • 3/6/2015: Special Encore Presentation: How our immune System Fights Cancer: Knowledge to Help you Navigate the Cancer Maze Listen Now

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Martin Ashdown

Martin Ashdown is a Melbourne based scientist, Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine University of Melbourne. Martin has made the observation that the immune response in the late stage cancer patient is oscillating repeatedly over an approximate seven day period or cycle. This observation may have profound implications for the timed delivery of various therapies, which via immune modulation may increase complete response rates, reduce toxicity and substantially reduce the cost of treatment. Martin has co-designed trials at international institutions and presented at international conferences advocating monitoring patients prior to treatment and accurately timing therapy as pulses.This technique, known as “Immune Synchronization” is believed to already happen accidentally is those patients who successfully respond to therapy with a complete response. Martin and colleagues suggest that the drugs and resources to successfully treat cancer are already here, but need to be used more accurately. View Guest page

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Dr. Barrie Cassileth

Founding President of the International Society for Integrative Oncology and founding Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Dr Barrie Cassileth has a truly holistic approach and is known as one of oncology’s most ardent advocates for treating the “whole” patient. At MSKCC she has been the principal investigator of many research studies. The Botanical Center investigates immune-modulating botanical supplements by composition, mechanisms of action and clinical value. She has published 158 papers and 60 books and textbook chapters for physicians, patients, and families. A new edition of The Alternative Medicine Handbook is underway, and the second edition of MSKCC’s Herb-Drug Interactions in Oncology is now available. Dr Cassileth has researched and promoted proven complementary therapies used along with mainstream care to improve quality of life and to help sustain healthy survivorship. View Guest page

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Regina Cates

Regina Cates spends her life helping people awaken to lives of limitless possibility. In 2004 she left her career after a long, painful journey to unshackle her own life. She co-founded, Romancing Your Soul, a source of inspiration for many thousands of people all over the globe. Her first book is titled Lead with Your Heart. Her childhood in Victoria, Texas, was hard. A jeans-wearing, gay tomboy growing up in the sixties, surrounded by people who ridiculed & persecuted her. She lived with unworthiness, shame & constant fear. Educated as a classical musician on the French horn, she also played drums in a rock ‘n‘ roll band! She has bachelor’s degree in teaching from Sam Houston State University in Texas & a master‘s in public & private management (leadership) from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. Regina also worked as director of the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program at Berry College in Georgia. View Guest page

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Professor Suzanne Chambers

Professor Suzanne Chambers is a Griffith University health psychologist She is an Australian Research Council Future fellow and the 2013 William Rudder fellow. Her scientific publication record is extensive and she is highly regarded internationally within both the psychological and medical fields for the quality, innovation and breadth of her work. A practitioner and researcher in psychological support for cancer patients for over 20 years. Her focus has been on trials of interventions that address couple support and the psychological distress in men with prostate cancer. As a result she has recently published Facing the Tiger A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer and the People who Love Them. Available at View Guest page

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Dr Nevil Chimon

Dr Nevil Chimon is a medical science graduate of UCLAN, BSc (Hons), Manchester University, MSc & NUS, PhD, with Post-Doctoral training in Molecular Imaging & Radiochemistry completed at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research & Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, UK. Nevil has over 10 years of experience within the pharmaceuticals industry. Holding positions of increasing responsibility within MNCs and SMEs has provided him with broad exposure to projects involving drug discovery & imaging diseases, including cancer & dementia. Strategically, he recognizes an opportunity exists to leverage on molecular imaging technology to both accelerate drug discovery and improve the healthcare of patients by using PET-CT and PET-MRI multi-modality imaging. During his 7-years based in Singapore, Dr Chimon has established the first Preclinical CRO imaging facility, obtained GMP licensing for the RadLink cyclotron facility, performed the first clinical trial with a proprietary radiotracer for Bayer Pharmaceuticals, & manufactured new tracers to detect cancer. View Guest page

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Pip Cornall

Pip Cornall: Ways of Saving Lives. Formerly a PE & Outdoor Education teacher, Pip’s career focused on saving lives in a variety of ways. A surf lifesaver, river rafting guide, mountain rescue and safety in the wilderness teacher, Pip’s work grew to include men’s emotional fitness. A qualified yoga therapist he now applies that skill to help cancer patients de-stress during times of illness and adversity. A Director at the Grace Gawler Institute; Pip conducts Prostate Mates-”Let’s talk about it outdoors” program. He believes that getting back in touch with nature assists the body’s ability to repair and restore, adding to conventional and complementary cancer treatments. Pip lived in Oregon for 12 years and now hosts a yearly ‘Rafting for Recovery' a challenging yet healing experience for cancer patients. Recently Pip and Grace Gawler created Black Forest Healing as a part of supported programs for International cancer patients attending Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany. View Guest page

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Professor Brendon Coventry MBBS PhD FRACS

Brendon Coventry is an A/Professor of Surgery at University of Adelaide. Director of Research for the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation, Prof Coventry, a Surgical Oncologist (General Cancer Surgeon) is also PhD Immunologist with many years experience in cancer research, vaccine therapies and the role of the immune system in cancer control. Brendon’s experience has brought him into contact with every aspect of the effects of Melanoma on the human body and sufferers. Work as a Clinical Oncologist has also emphasised that while Melanoma can often be dealt with successfully using surgery, when Melanoma has spread, the available treatments are a long way from successful. His research also leads to a hypothesis that "Treatments 'randomly' given without consideration to a patient's immune cycle may explain why some patients achieve a complete recovery and others do not." View Guest page

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Prof Alex Crandon

Prof Alex Crandon M.B., B.S., PhD (Leeds)., F.R.C.O.G(Lond)., F.R.A.C.O.G., C.G.O. Prof Alex Crandon is the Director of the Queensland Centre of Gynaecological Cancer, (est. 1993). A graduate of University of Sydney, 1973; he initially worked at the Royal Alfred Hospital before training in the UK (1975-1980). He completed his postgraduate studies and specialist training in surgical gynaecology oncology. Between 1980 and 1993 he was a staff gynaecologic oncologist at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital and Chair of the Gynaecological Council at the University Qld from 1993 to 2004. In1993 he established the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer- now the largest gynaecological cancer service in Australia and one of the ten largest in the World. In 1997 Mr John Gower & Prof Alex Crandon set up the Gynaecological Cancer Society, which now provides a wide range of services to patients throughout Australia. Prof Alex Crandon has a major interest in improving the results for the treatment for ovarian cancer especially in HIPEC. Hyperthermic Intra-Peritoneal Chemotherapy View Guest page

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Dr Julie Crews

Dr Julie Crews has a dedicated personal interest in Authenticity, Ethics and Cancer Patients Survivorship. Her background is in Business ethics. She has a PhD in this field & has worked with three universities in Western Australia; Edith Cowan, Curtin & the University of Western Australia. Julie commenced her career in education & this included urban, rural, interstate and overseas appointments. A career move to the public sector followed as a senior labour relations and small business advisor in the State Government. Over a period of several years, she held various positions across both state and federal government agencies, including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, The Office of the Auditor General, The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Office of E-Government and The Office for Women’s Policy. Julie has a Doctorate from Curtin Graduate School of Business, a Master Industrial Relations (UWA), Bachelor of Arts (UWA) & Bachelor of Education (Churchlands College of Advanced Education). View Guest page

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Dr Julie Crews

Who is Dr Julie Crews? Dr Julie Crews has a PhD in Business ethics and has worked with three universities in Western Australia; Edith Cowan, Curtin and the University of Western Australia. Julie commenced her career in education and this included urban, rural, interstate and overseas appointments. A career move to the public sector followed as a senior labour relations and small business advisor in the State Government. Over the next several years, she held various positions across both state and federal government agencies, including the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, The Office of the Auditor General, The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, The Office of E-Government and The Office for Women’s Policy. Julie has a Doctorate from Curtin Graduate School of Business, a Master Industrial Relations (UWA), Bachelor of Arts (UWA) & Bachelor of Education (Churchlands College of Advanced Education). She has a dedicated personal interest in Ethics and Cancer Patients Survivorship. View Guest page

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Jeffrey Deslandes

Jeffrey Deslandes is a native of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Master of Engineering Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy, attained at the University of Melbourne. He has been married twice and has five children. One fateful day in 1999, he believed it was all over when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He was wrong.

His diagnosis, B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, follicular mixed small and large cell, Stage IV, with bcl-2 gene translocation, and splenic and bone marrow involvement. Like most people diagnosed with Cancer, Jeffrey's life was to change forever. His is an inspiring, positive, and true story about surviving cancer—and the things it teaches you. You grow as a person.

You learn what is really important in life. Compelled to write about his experience. "From Cancer Good Things Grow" was published recently. Available as ebook and soft cover.(Balboa Press) View Guest page

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Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher is an American film and television actress, comedian, producer, and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series, ‘The Nanny’ for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series during the show's run. A uterine cancer survivor, Fran Drescher is an outspoken healthcare advocate and LGBT rights activist, and is noted for her work as a Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues for U.S. State Department. A survivor of rape in 1985 and then diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000, she wrote about her experiences in her second book, Cancer Schmancer. Her purpose. has also this book was to raise consciousness for men and women "to become more aware of the early warning signs of cancer, and to empower themselves." The Cancer Schmancer Movement followed. Recently, a TV sitcom ‘Happily Divorced’ has been a great success for Fran and her ex husband. She has recently created a children’s picture book ‘Being Wendy’. More information at View Guest page

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Bob Ellal

Bob is a 4-time cancer survivor. In 1991 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 bone lymphoma and given six months to live. With chemotherapy and continuous daily sessions of visualisation, he beat the disease. Unfortunately, it relapsed 3 times over the next 5 years and he underwent two stem cell transplants. Bob went more deeply into the mind/body connection training with a Boston kung-fu master in the art of Qigong. Doctors gave him a 10% chance of survival. He immersed himself in a disciplined daily practice of Qigong. Against all odds, he finally beat the disease in 1996. He’s been cancer-free for 17 years and continues to practice Qigong. Bob was writer/editor for a division of a major publisher and also works as a freelancer. In addition to co authoring Energy Warriors: Overcoming Cancer and Crisis with the Power of Qigong, he is completing his second book, The Leavings of the Wolf, a collection of short stories about the real-world challenges of cancer survivors. View Guest page

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Professor Ian Frazer

Professor Frazer, a renal physician & clinical immunologist from Edinburgh, Scotland; came to Melbourne Australia in 1981 to pursue studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. In 1985, he moved to Brisbane to assume a teaching post with the University of Queensland & was appointed Director of the Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research in 1991. He has taught immunology to undergraduate & graduate students at the University & has research interests in immune-regulation and immunotherapeutic vaccines for HPV (Papilloma virus) associated cancers. Now involved in revolutionary research, he is developing a vaccine/treatment for HSV-2 - the virus implicated in genital herpes. He is a past President of the Cancer Council Australia, Chairman of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation’s Medical Research Advisory Committee & Chair of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Scientific Advisory. Committee. He was named Australian of the year 2006. View Guest page

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Prof Dr Jérôme Galon

Prof Dr Jérôme Galon is Research Director at INSERM & leader of the INSERM Integrative Cancer Immunology laboratory, at the Cordeliers Research Centre, Paris. He obtained his PhD in Immunology, at the Laboratory of Cellular and Clinical Immunology Pr WH Fridman Curie Institute, Paris, France. His interest is translational research in cancer immunology, using systems biology. His Lab demonstrated that the adaptive immune response within the tumour was a better predictor of survival than traditional staging based on the size and spread of a tumour. Awards: 2008, The Colon Cancer Research Schaeverbeke Award, Fondation de France,& the Clinical Research Award, Rose Lamarca, Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale. 2010 he received the William B. Coley Award from the Cancer Research Institute, NY, USA, 2011: the French National Academy of Science & the French National Academy of Medicine(2011)awards. He has published scientific papers and book chapters. View Guest page

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Grace Gawler

Grace Gawler: It is a little unusual for a host to also be a guest on her own show. However this week Pip Cornall, a director of the Grace Gawler Institute interviews Grace about the creation of the Institute and her passionate life dedicated to helping others She is a pioneer of supportive care medicine and emotional recovery for cancer patients. Grace’s personal story and her survival despite great adversity, lends an authentic edge to her work. She has been a rock for thousands of cancer patients who continue to draw inspiration from her achievements. Recently Pip and Grace Gawler created Black Forest Healing as a part of supported programs for International cancer patients attending Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany. As they have done for decades, patients around the world continue to be inspired by Graces’ own remarkable story of survival through her memoir Grace, Grit and Gratitude. Grace’s Institute is a not for profit Health Promotion Charity with Global outreach. View Guest page

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Dr. Ray Hammon

Since 1979, Dr Ray Hammon has practised Preventive, Integrative and Functional medicine. One of his key interests is an innovative blood test developed by Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou RGCC Greece. The test can assist clinicians to look at more personalized and targeted treatments for treating and managing cancer. We know that even with the best of treatments, cancer can recur. Until recently no one knew for sure how or why this happened. Now we know it is due to circulating tumor cells and cancer stem cells. What are they and how can this information help you to navigate the cancer maze more effectively? The program will provide patients with an opportunity to understand the process of cancer and how it behaves at the genetic level. Dr Hammon says that in his opinion, the test has emerged to be one of the most accurate and complete test of its kind we have seen to date. Let’s talk about it on Navigating the Cancer Maze. More info Visit View Guest page

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Deirdre Hanna

Deirdre Hanna is founding President and Executive Director of Children's Services (Paradise Kids) and Spiritual Care. Deirdre's background includes Bachelor of Theology (B.Th), Certificate in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling; Doctoral Student, University of Creation Spirituality; Multi-Disciplinary Certificate in Hospice Care, St Christopher’s London; Certificate in Mindfulness Meditation, Massachusetts Medical School Mind-Body Stress Reduction Clinic; Certificate in Spiritual Retreat Leading and Direction. Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics; Diploma in Swedish Massage. Zonta Gold Coaster of the Year, (1994) Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow 1995 (Spiritual Care for Cancer Patients), The City of Gold Coast Women at Work wonderful 20th Century Gold Coast Women Award, Gold Coast Bulletin Community Service Medal, 2007; Member of the Churchill Fellows Association; Princeton Global Network. View Guest page

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Caryle Hirshberg

Caryle Hirshberg is a former Senior Research Associate with the Institute of Noetic Sciences she co authored Spontaneous Remission with Brendan O’Regan published in 1993. She has been involved with beneficial plant research and the Center for Integrative Medicine which researches globally, promoting pharmacological research and intelligent scientific approaches to studying into indigenous and traditional remedies. Caryle was senior Researcher for the six part documentary The Heart of Healing which became a signature series for investigation into the mystery of why people heal. In an extraordinary career, Caryle's undergraduate study was in chemistry, mathematics and psychology at University of Florida. Her graduate work was in neurochemistry at Indiana University. She has been involved in researching remission, neurochemistry, pharmacology, cancer biochemistry and cardiology. She has lectured widely on the subject of spontaneous remissions. Today she is private practice. View Guest page

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Ursula Jacob

Medical Director Dr Ursula Jacob M.D. (Budapest), Specialist in General Medicine Dr Jacob opened the Private Clinic Dr Ursula Jacob in 2009. The Clinic has developed and has been renamed Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic as more professionals join this exceptional team of integrative oncologists. She offers a wide range of experience, developed during her time as a Consultant in various well known clinics specializing in internal/general medicine, haematology, oncology, neurology, natural therapies, and preventive medicine. The basis of her work is the development of an individual, holistic therapy concept with state of the art diagnostic standards and advanced therapeutic methods in cooperation with renowned doctors and laboratories. In 2012, while Dr Jacob continues to pioneer her innovative medicine; her team at the Hallwang Clinic is led by Oncologist Senior consultant Dr Asir Kopic View Guest page

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Professor Veronica James

Professor James has worked on breast cancer since the 1980s and developed Fibre Diffraction Diagnosis, a method to detect cancer using x-rays of nail clippings or skin. Her research also embraces other forms of cancer including colon, renal, prostate, ovarian, lung and melanoma. Her areas of expertise include: Biological Physics, Medical Biochemistry: Proteins And Peptides (Incl. Medical Proteomics), Structural Chemistry And Spectroscopy, Physical Chemistry Of Materials, Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry , Oncology & Carcinogenesis. Publications:


Prof James has an Order of Australia Medal for her services to the deaf. 1992 Quota South Pacific Breast Cancer Research Award, 1999 American Biographical Institute Woman of the Year and 2004 International Scientist of the Year IBC Cambridge. She has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate of Science from Cambridge. View Guest page

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Dr Lim Jit Fong MBBS (Spore), FRCS (Glasg), FAMS

Dr. Lim graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and obtained his Fellowship in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, FRCS (Glasgow), in 1999. Dr. Lim has a strong interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. He is adept at laparoscopic (keyhole) colorectal surgery including single incision (single keyhole) colorectal surgery. He is also one of the few surgeons in Singapore accredited to do Robotic Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Lim is also an expert in the management of patients with functional defecation problems such as faecal incontinence and obstructed defecation syndrome. For patients suffering from complex functional disorders of the pelvis, Dr. Lim provides a holistic, multi-disciplinary clinical service. View Guest page

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Prof Rajiv Khanna

Prof Rajiv Khanna obtained his doctorate degree from India & undertook his post-doctoral training at the University of Adelaide & (QIMR), Brisbane Australia. At QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Prof Khanna has been researching immunotherapy & has had a major breakthrough in treating the aggressive brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). He also holds a Senior Principal Research Fellowship from NH&MRC Australia. His research group have obtained a deeper understanding of the mechanisms by which an immune response to human herpes viruses associated diseases may be generated, augmented and applied to control these diseases. Prof. Khanna has developed novel immune-based therapeutic strategies for the treatment of patients with herpesvirus-associated complications & is lead investigator on five clinical trials. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in leading journals & holds numerous international patents on EBV and human cytomegalovirus. View Guest page

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Dr Horst Lindhofer PhD

Following his PhD thesis at the Ludwig Maximilian's University, Horst Lindhofer moved to the Helmholtz Zentrum München, where he was initially group leader, then head of a clinical cooperation group with Munich's University Hospital. During this time, he laid the foundation for the innovative Triomab® approach and initiated the first clinical studies with trifunctional antibodies. Results were highly encouraging and gave impetus to the foundation of TRION in 1998. Since then, he has developed the company into a successful biopharmaceutical enterprise with state-of-the-art product development capabilities and in-house GMP manufacturing facilities. He has published numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and won several prestigious awards for his ground-breaking work in the field of cancer immunotherapy. View Guest page

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Prof Ray Lowenthal

Prof Ray Lowenthal is full time consultant clinical haematologist and medical oncologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital, the major teaching hospital of the School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine and a Member of the Menzies Research Institute of Tasmania. For nearly 30 years, until 2009, he was Director of the Department of Haematology/Oncology. Prof Lowenthal is responsible, together with other members of the Department of Haematology/Oncology at the RHH, for the care of patients with a wide variety of malignant disorders. Prof Lowenthal has a special interest in management of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma & multiple myeloma. He also has a special interest in breast and bowel cancer, as well as non-malignant blood disorders such as myelodysplastic syndrome. He established bone marrow transplantation as a Tasmanian state-wide service at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 1979 enabling 350 patients with lymphomas and multiple myeloma to have BMT. View Guest page

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Rev. Dr Ian Mavor

Rev. Dr Ian Mavor, OAM, FACE A Uniting Church Minister, much of Ian’s professional life has been in specialist roles. Co-Founder and Executive Director Ian serves as Executive Director of Hopewell Hospice Services Inc which includes Hopewell Hospice, Paradise Kids, the Living Well Centre and the Hopewell College of Transformative Education. He is a member of the Health Community Council-Gold Coast Health District and a member of the State Council of Palliative Care Queensland. In 2002, Ian was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the community through a range of church, social welfare, education and health groups”. View Guest page

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Dr Emmett Miller

Dr Emmett Miller has shared his insights into Deep Healing on hundreds of television and radio shows. His recordings are widely used by such medical facilities as Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, and by health professionals, businesspeople, performers, and athletes, including members of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. In the 1970s he gained international prominence as founder and Medical Director of the Cancer Support and Education Center (now the Center for Healing and Wellness). In 1987 he was a co-convener of the groundbreaking California State Task Force on Self-Esteem. Dr Miller gave up scalpels and drugs choosing to use words and experiences; images, memories, and emotions to touch the souls of his patients. He says that they do not substitute for or replace needed medical or psychological therapy, but rather they enable you to do your part in changing your diet, exercise, patterns, thoughts and relationships. Visit View Guest page

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Beth O’Brien

After 20 years studying, researching and working with people who were experiencing loss and grief, Beth O’Brien discovered a strong connection to work with people who were experiencing grief and loss. Recently she became a Certified Thanatologist, Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement”; an international accreditation with The Association for Death Education and Counseling. In her work as a marriage and funeral celebrant she feels privileged to work with people on the most important and memorable days of their lives. Beth became so enthralled by the stories and eulogies she heard, she decided to become a personal historian and is a member of The Association of Personal Historians. Beth is a Death Café Facilitator, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, Grief Educator & an Internationally Certified Funeral Celebrant/Trainer. Learn more at & View Guest page

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Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D.

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, Ph.D., is chief executive officer and director of scientific affairs of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a non-profit organization founded in 1953 that is today the global leader in supporting & coordinating research aimed at harnessing the immune system’s power to conquer all cancers. She joined the organization in 1987 as director of public information, and has been chief executive since 1993. Jill has also served as a research associate in the department of medicine at Cornell University Medical College & as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of cellular physiology and immunology at The Rockefeller University. In 1998, she was named one of Irish America magazine’s “Top 100” Irish Americans. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, & a doctor of philosophy in cell biology from The State University of New York’s Downstate Medical Center. View Guest page

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Debby Franke Ogg MSW, LCSW

Debby Franke Ogg MSW, LCSW, is a registered therapist and Clinical Social Worker in New York. As a 27 year survivor of Stage 4 Lymphoma, with 43 years experience she has studied extensively in a range of therapeutic approaches for releasing fear, anxiety, and stress helping her clients find their own prescriptions for optimal living and self-expression. Her techniques harness the knowledge of both the left and right brain, optimizing the opportunities for healing using stress reduction, integrated meditation, imagery, self talk and dream work. At seven years of age Debby’s mother died from cancer. Her father re-married, then died. These issues became part of her healing quest when diagnosed with cancer. Schooled at Boston College, she graduated in 1969 and has continued to expand the edges of her work to assist people on the journey of cancer. Debby lectures and provides workshops in cancer treatment centers and other groups. Contact Debby View Guest page

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Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou

Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou is Medical Director of RGCC- Research Genetic Cancer Centre and a medical specialist in molecular medicine. His main interest is cancer genetics with a major focus on chemosensitivity testing and developing screening tests. His research activities lie in the field of cancer drug design and evaluation and in the development of innovative methods of cancer gene or molecular targeted therapies. Born 1973 in Munich, Germany, he graduated Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 1996 served as Military Physician and went on to undertake postgraduate training in molecular medicine at the University of Westminster of London (Distinction pass), then MSc in molecular oncology at Nottingham University and a doctorate as Medical Geneticist in the University of Zurich. He worked as scientific fellow in the department of Human Physiology and Medical Biochemistry in Medical school of Thessaloniki. Today he is Director –owner R.G.C.C. Greece. Contact View Guest page

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David Pestalozzi

David Pestalozzi, son of the founder of Bio-Strath (also known as Strath) is CEO and Managing Director of this highly successful self-made Swiss company. Directing a staff of 18, the family firm, Bio-Strath*amazingly supplies half the world with its natural food supplement, managing to hold its own against pharmaceutical giants. A testimony unto itself, Bio-Strath AG has been successfully marketing the same product, unchanged, for almost 50 years! Fred Pestalozzi, David’s father set up the company in 1961. In 1948 he met German chemist, Walter Strathmeyer. His interest was piqued due to his medical condition; Meniere’s disease. After taking Strath, life changed for Fred. His health improved dramatically. Today Strath is sold in over 50 countries across the world. Since 1964 the production plant for “Strath” has been based above Herrliberg. David Pestalozzi carries forward the tradition with a range of Strath*(Bio-Strath) products. More info and images visit View Guest page

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Rona is the author of a blog titled Her blog shares the concept of understanding the emotions and psychological challenges that women meet on the journey of breast cancer as well as other useful information. Rona’s views as a patient who had followed the New Age cancer myths and the promises of the ‘cure’; to her integration and acceptance of conventional medicine, serve as a useful window for anyone going through the experience of cancer. Although currently clear of cancer – she continues to face challenges and medical decisions about prevention of recurrence. Rona lives in the UK. Her passion is music, in particular piano and her work is in IT. Her greatest setback could have been the loss of use of her arm flowing a mastectomy; however she has made her way through the maze and is once again playing classical piano; with two hands. View Guest page

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Dr Francis Seow Choen MBBS (Spore), FRCS (Edin), FAMS

Dr Francis Seow Choen is himself a medical miracle. As a 7 year old he recovered from major surgery for a cancer in his small intestine after facing a horrendous 6 months of radiation treatment and chemotherapy back in 1964 when treatments were harsh. He survived! Dr. Seow-Choen graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1981 & obtained his higher surgical qualifications in 1987. He sub-specialised in colorectal surgery in 1989 where he worked with the world-class surgeons of St Marks’ Hospital in London. Dr. Seow-Choen then returned and helped establish the first colorectal surgery department in Asia at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Dr. Seow-Choen is leading the development of colorectal surgery in Asia and conducts trainings globally. As an expert in his field, he is frequently consulted by surgeons from all over the world with regard to the best method of handling difficult cases. His other passion is as an entomologist with a love of stick insects he is published on the subject. He operates at Fortis Surgical hospital Singapore. View Guest page

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Dr Francis Seow-Choen

Dr. Seow-Choen graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1981 and obtained his higher surgical qualifications in 1987. He subsequently sub-specialised in colorectal surgery in 1989 where he worked with the world-class surgeons of St Marks' Hospital in London. Dr. Seow-Choen then returned and helped establish the first colorectal surgery department in Asia at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). Dr. Seow-Choen has established himself in the field of colorectal surgery. He is leading the development of colorectal surgery in Asia particularly in the area of robotic technique, and has frequently conducted trainings in a number of countries, including the USA, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Indian, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. He is frequently consulted by surgeons from all over the world with regard to the best method of handling difficult cases. Contact via Fortis: View Guest page

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Dr John Singe

Dr John Singe was the first vascular surgeon on Australia’s Gold Coast arriving in 1983. He has a busy surgical and consulting practice working everyday at the coalface of vascular disease. Much of the work he does as a surgeon is the result of two main lifestyle areas; cigarette smoking and hypertension., therefore he has an emphasis in his practice to educate patients about the major risks and lifestyle issues that likely led to their vascular event so that after his surgical repairs they can extend their lives and increase their wellbeing. He has passion, compassion and admirable fine skills in this much needed area of medicine. He also has an interest in cancer medicine. He is also a musician. View Guest page

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Ellen Slater

Ellen has been a carer for most of her childhood, adolescence and adulthood. She has a Masters of Counseling & has completed clinical courses in Family Therapy and supervision, a Diploma of Ministry, a Bachelor of Counseling, & has now been accepted as a candidate for a PhD. She is a recipient of the "Golden Key", University of New England-Armidale. Whilst studying and also caring for her late husband, she ran a successful private practice & support groups from home. She became Senior Counselor & Manager for Counseling & Advocacy-Carers Qld. As a carer she was exhausted, isolated, angry; then later guilty & emotionally burnt out. She dreamed of having a break & being alone for a while to find her-self. She was aware of others in similar situations; carers who needed respite & nurturing to regain their strength and courage to carry on. Joyland Carer's Retreat will open in Jan 2015; a self funded initiative that is now almost a reality View Guest page

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Professor Mark Smyth

Professor Mark Smyth is regarded as an international leader in tumour immunology/immunotherapy and natural killer (NK) cell biology. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1988 & trained at the National Cancer Institute (USA) 1988-1992. After 8 years at Austin Research Institute Melbourne, working on mechanisms of lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity, he relocated to Peter Macallum where his studies on effector molecules collectively rekindled world-wide interest in cancer immune surveillance. A number of his discoveries have led to new clinical trials in cancer immunotherapy. Professor Smyth relocated to QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane (2013) as a Senior Scientist and NH&MRC Australia Fellow. He is a Senior Editor at Cancer Research, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cancer Research Institute (USA). Learn more about Prof Smyth's research at View Guest page

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Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh

Dietrich Stroeh author of “Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing has authored a love story and a guidebook for cancer patients and families. An engineer by trade, J. Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh has headed up projects great and small, & managed the Marin Municipal Water District in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record. That experience was the basis for his first book, The Man Who Made it Rain, co-written with Michael McCarthy. However his life changed dramatically when his wife was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Business gave way to a new experience inside the Stroeh household where home care, medical decisions & much needed laughter gave extraordinary shape to an unexpected and devastating illness. A must read for cancer patients & families. Available on Amazon Kindle. Paperback version available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble & the FolkHeart Press bookstore. Also visit for more about this remarkable gentleman and his book. View Guest page

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Peter Trayhurn

Peter Trayhurn is a 47 year old from Sydney Australia. He is married with 2 Children, and at the moment he is has fulltime involvement in his own survivorship. He describes himself as a fighter, a lover, risk-taker and optimist whose passion has been to explore the world with his cameras, capturing moments in and out of the sea. He almost drowned in the Chandelier cave, Palau in Micronesia; has been head to head with an angry bull shark, was lost at sea and has had a life full of close encounter adventures. His greatest close encounter with death has been dealing with colo-rectal cancer which he has approached in a focused and dedicated manner, just as he has done with other life challenges. He says he has been saved by Jesus, strangers, friends, nurses and doctors. He lives passionately everyday with hope and love and never ever gives up. His rescue photos have miraculously travelled the globe. He says: “I pray the real survivor message touches many people and saves lives, mine included.” View Guest page

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David Tuccaro Jr.

Today’s Guest is David Tuccaro Jr. David is a Mikisew Cree First Nation who overcame his fight with Leukemia. His story has been chronicled in his recent memoir, Bad to the Bone: The True Story of David Tuccaro Jr. Born and raised in Ft. McMurray, Canada he shares his tumultuous journey of self-discovery through pain, hopelessness and the feeling of inadequacy to inspire others to overcome adversity. After finding his purpose, he is living out his passion of teaching others to save lives by registering to become a bone marrow donor. David spends his free time with his family and enjoying music. For more information about David Tuccaro Jr. visit: View Guest page

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Professor Thomas Vogel

Professor Vogl is Chairman Department of Radiology University of Frankfurt- Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Germany. He graduated from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich with M.D. in 1982 and has since held many senior positions. He is a Member of Editorial Boards of the following journals: Radiology , Academic Radiology, European Radiology, Radiologic Diagnostic, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Forschritt Röntgenstrahlen, Radiologe, Academic Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He has authored the textbooks MRI of the Head and Neck (Springer), MRI of the Temporomandibular Joint (Thieme), MR-Angiography (Springer) and Radiologic Differential Diagnosis. Professor Vogl has published over 100 articles in relation to abdominal radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, interventional radiology and interventional MRI and has has made a tremendous contribution to cancer medicine and patient care. View Guest page

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Dr Bruce Whelan

A graduate of the University of Queensland School of Medicine 1967, Dr Bruce Whelan has been in general practice since 1971. He has worked in challenging rural Australia practise environments including indigenous health. With 45 years experience, his ethic is treating the whole person using the best of modern psychology and general psychiatry in combination with the best of modern medicine. His special areas of interest are general psychiatry, drug addiction medicine, pain management and issues related to cancer medicine.

Personal involvement with the Bali bombings in 2002 made an impact of his life and practice leading to his interest in psychiatry. He has been involved with teaching medical students at Bond and Griffith Medical Schools Gold Coast Australia and adds to his deeply inquiring mind and differential diagnosis skills, an artistic side, enjoying oil painting; in particular still life flowers and vases. Dr Whelan lives on a yacht and loves fishing, classical music and life! View Guest page

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