Grace Gawler Institute Global Referrals

As Cancer Strategists with 40-yrs experience we know there are no dress rehearsals for a diagnosis of cancer. We know the enormity of the decision to travel overseas for treatment.

We also have 29-yrs experience referring patients (when appropriate) to overseas clinics of repute (including Germany).

Helping Patients Navigate the International Cancer Maze is an area we are very familiar having led groups to one German clinic for 3-yrs (at their invitation).

Beware: Over time, we have found discrepancies between what clinics promise and what they deliver. Few clinics do reliable follow up so they often don’t know if a patient dies (back home) after having their treatments. We found this to be  common but observed there was no regulatory or accountability body. The deaths went under the radar.

 Please read our appraisal of the German Cancer Breakthroughs (bottom of page)

We know many patients travel to overseas Clinics enticed by promise of a cure or prolonging life; especially if they feel they have exhausted all treatments available to them locally. The most popular Clinics are located in Germany, China & Mexico.

However it is our experience that in most cases, a more skilled approach to Navigating the Local Cancer Maze may yield better survival/longevity outcomes. We may be able to help you access local treatments that you, your doctor or hospital may not be aware of  (due to hospital protocols).

For example; we have patients alive today because we referred them to another oncologist or another Australian hospital who could offer them a better chance. (Again – your doctor/hospital may not be aware of these options……).

So when you are told there is nothing more we can do  – please check with us to see if that is true. There may be more that can be done within your own country (where your medical insurance can assist).

If you are considering treatments overseas – you would do well to read this page.
I have a 40 year history working closely with cancer patients and a 29 year history of referring cancer patients to overseas clinics. My own life was saved thrice due to having colon surgery overseas. (Holland 2003, Singapore 2009, 2014) With extensive experience in cancer supportive care medicine and having co-founded Australia’s first cancer support groups, it was challenging for me to find an overseas hospital that could accommodate my medical needs back in 2002-03. Navigating one’s way through the maze of overseas options now available for cancer patients is fraught with challenges and potential health issues not obvious at the outset.

SELF REFERRALS: From our experience many self referred patients often travel with incomplete medical records and no one to case manage or advocate on their behalf. In particular – they often do not return to their oncologist when they arrive back in their home country and they tend to maintain a poor level of monitoring and follow up. With little real knowledge of treatments and the nature of cancer itself – patients often don’t know the questions to ask or how to validate the treatments they are offered. There is a lot to know before embarking on an overseas trip for cancer treatment.

Which information can you trust?

Often patients self-refer to International Clinics, having been informed from the internet. Many simply choose the cheaper option without really knowing what they are getting for their spend. Many Clinics treating cancer in Germany & Mexico are alternative medicine based – but there are a few who wisely combine conventional medicine with complementary & psychological approaches & these present a better option. Once again, there is a lot to know before you embark upon such a journey & who do you trust?.

Misleading Manuals: Recently a patient sent us a popular guide book about German Cancer Breakthroughs. It was a hard read for us since we had worked with many of the clinics. The author clearly knew very little about their treatment outcomes other than what he was told. From our experience referring patients to Germany we knew his statements to be wildly optimistic at best with many innacuracies and glaring omissions.

As one patient said: “We didn’t know what we didn’t know when we tried to assess & research cancer treatments in Germany on our own.”

Contact Grace for personalised assistance with an international referral. We currently refer to hospitals throughout Australia and in the USA, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, the UK and more.