When Cancer Medicine is Personalized – Best Outcomes are Maximised!
You are Unique! No two people are alike so your treatment must also be unique!
This is the focus of the Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions
Coordinating the Practitioner Team is crucial to Personalized Cancer Medicine!
Personalized Cancer Medicine (PCM) is collaborative – a team effort – but the team needs a leader/co-ordinator – a conductor to orchestrate and fine tune the team – delivering optimum outcomes for the patient.
This requires a Multi-Discipline-Cancer Strategist – with sufficient multi-disciplinary skills to discern if the team is performing with excellence.
They must stay abreast in the fields of surgery, oncology, radiology, naturopathy, psychology, genetic and molecular cancer medicine as well as diet and lifestyle medicines.
The coordinator/conductor liaises and collaborates with everyone in the team contributing to the patient’s health restoration.
Your conductor/coordinator is the Institute’s founder, Grace Gawler. Grace became a fulltime care-giver support person for a cancer amputee in 1974 (still alive today). With 40 years experience, Grace is one of the most experienced cancer practitioners in Australia, a powerful advocate for personalized cancer medicine. Her multi-disciplinary skills enable her to oversea team performance on behalf of the patients.
What exactly is Personalized Cancer Medicine?
Personalized medicine – is medicine tailored to a patient’s genetic and other unique characteristics.
Personalized medicine – often described as the right treatment for the right person at the right time.
Personalized medicine encompasses everything from high-tech diagnostics, to best diet and functional foods (specific to the patient), to technologies that enable the storage, analysis, linking of patient and scientific data and of course, a personalized approach to improve the emotional and psychological wellbeing of the patient.
Personalized medicine Uses new molecular and diagnostic technologies to look at the genetic profile and biomarkers of diseases – this opens new pathways to match each patient with the treatment regimen that may give them the best results.
Cancer healing pie chart: All the components of the cancer healing pie chart (below) must be personalized – but this still rare in normal medicine FYI – The diagram was designed by a group of leading European cancer specialists and is consistent with our observations.
Diet/Lifestyle – today genetic diagnostic and other remarkable tests enable this component to be biologically personalized
Medical – the breakthroughs enable treatments to be specifically designed to target patient’s individual genetic profile
Psycho-Oncology – as co-ordinators for the health restoration teams we develop very close relationships with the patient/family and can coach, advise and personalize all psychological and emotional support components to aide maximal healing outcomes.
Diet and Lifestyle: Must be designed around the individual. Internet cancer cure-all foods are not. Miracle food claims are not personalized. In nutrition there is no ‘one size fits all.’
You are not ‘what you eat’ but ‘what you absorb.’ This is especially applicable to cancer patients whose ability to digest and utilise nutrients may be compromised. Ability to digest may change due to treatments.
Dietary guidance from the institute will be based on tests to determine the bio-availability of a certain nutrient in certain patients – tests to determine this are deeply forensic in nature.
Medical: These genetic breakthroughs enable cancer treatments to be medically personalized – more targeted and therefore they achieve better outcomes with fewer side effects.
Psycho-Oncology: This is of great import to the patient and their families. It is 35-40% of the healing pie chart and can be higher for some patients.
For example – It would be inconceivable for an Olympic Athlete to compete without the input of the sports-psychologist.
Similarly, the cancer patient is competing for their life. The field of psycho-oncology is crucially important to gaining maximum health restoration outcomes.
[color-box color=”red”]Psycho-Oncology: is a a comprehensive care that involves the physical, emotional, social and spiritual, involving patients, family and society.
Emotional support and communication with the patient, family and treatment team must be thorough frank and honest.
Resilience Skills – a key component of the Psycho-Oncology we teach. Includes strategies to keep going when the going gets tough. Resilience skills, ability to deal with set backs, emotional intelligence, authenticity, observing self-talk and more. Easy to talk about – hard to achieve without a coach