Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu

Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu

   istanbul, Turkey

BIOGRAPHY

Conditions treated by Dr Songul Serefhanoglu

Please have a look at the various types of conditions treated by Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu,:

  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AMI)
  • Various Autoimmune Diseases
  • Spinal Injury
  • Lymphoma
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Congenital Neutropenia
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Multiple Myeloma

The disorders of the lymphatic system i.e., lymph nodes, vessels and blood disorders are managed by these doctors. The three kinds of cancer for which the doctor can refer you to a Hematologist are Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Lymphoma. Also, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and anemia are the conditions for which hematologist is the right answer.

Signs and Symptoms treated by Dr Songul Serefhanoglu

The following symptoms and signs indicate the conditions which may lead you to consult a Hematologist.

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

A consultation with this doctor might become a necessity when their are symptoms like persistent fatigue, fever, night sweats.. Also, continuous weight loss which is unexplained and shortness of breath are also symptoms of a deeper malaise which a hematologist should check. If there are few of any of these symptoms that you have then do see a hematologist immediately.

Operating hours of Dr Songul Serefhanoglu

Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu's operating and consulting hours are from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday and 9 am to 6 pm on all the weekdays till Saturday. Well educated, skilled and having long term experience are all qualities that the doctor possesses.

Popular Procedures performed by Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu

It is the following important popular procedures that the Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu performs on the patients.

  • Bone Marrow Transplant

The procedures performed by the doctor are linked to treating blood related conditions. Ablation therapy is routinely done by Hematologists wherein abnormal tissue is removed by making use of heat, cold, lasers, or chemicals. Among their area of specialty are bone marrow transplants and blood transfusion.

Past Experience

  • 2009 - 2012 - Assoc. Dr., Hematology, Dr. Lutfi Kirdar Education Research Hospital,
  • 2012 - 2013 - Assoc. Dr., Hematology, Florence Nightingale Hospital,
  • 2013 - 2019 - Assoc. Dr., Adult Hematology, Sisli Memorial Hospital,
  • 2019 - Prof. Dr. Hematology, Medicana International Istanbul

Qualifications

  • 1994 - 2000 - Firat University, Elazig / Turkey
RESEARCH PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (4)
  • Changes in Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor, Angiopoietins and Tie–2 Levels with G-CSF Stimulation in Healthy Donors
  • Identification of clinical and simple laboratory variables predicting responsible gastrointestinal lesions in patients with iron deficiency anemia
  • Clinical Experience with Three Combination Regimens for the Treatment of High-Risk Febrile Neutropenia
Procedures
Bone Marrow Transplant

Stem cell transplant is one modern technology that is undergoing rapid improvements. It is said these days that instead of investing in various life insurance policies that are making the rounds in the market, to secure the future and precious life of your child go for stem cell technologies. This can later cure him or her from any life threatening terminal disease like cancer. Stem cell transplant has been used in recent times as a cure for cancer, but the technique is different from the stem cell bank that is maintained these days for new born.

 

Who needs a stem cell transplant?

The bone marrow which is part of the bones is responsible for making blood cells. It is soft and spongy tissue lodged inside the bone having hematopoietic stem cells. These cells either turn into bone marrow cells or can turn into any other kinds of cells or the blood cells. But there are certain forms of cancers that can keep these cells from developing normally.

A patient is recommended to get a blood as well as bone marrow stem cell transplant if they are in a condition which prevents the body from producing new healthy blood cells. Some of the conditions and diseases that prevent the bone marrow from doing so are given below:

  • Cancers like Myeloma, breast cancer, leukemia, Lymphoma may require stem cell transplant
  • Blood diseases which may require are sickle cell anemia, aplastic anemia and thalassemia
  • There are immune deficiency diseases like the congenital neutropenia, severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, chronic granulomatous disease may demand a stem cell transplant.

The oncologist or hematologist shall decide for a stem cell transplant for a patient depending upon overall age and health, severity of the diseases and other treatment possibilities.

 

What is a stem cell transplant?

So the stem cell transplant is a kind of treatment to treat blood disorders or any types of cancer. Even blood diseases are also treated with transplants. Previously patients had to undergo a bone marrow transplant due to the fact that stem cells are collected from the bone marrow. But today stem cells get collected from the blood. And for this particular reason they are now called stem cell transplants. Nowadays stem cell therapies are used to combat hair loss and many other aesthetic related issues.

Some of the different types of stem cell treatments available are discussed below

Autologous transplant: These kinds of transplants are known as auto transplant. This kind of transplant has the scope  of very high dose chemotherapy paired with autologous stem cell rescue. In this process usually the doctors treat the cancel and then make use of the stem cells from the patient itself. From the blood, stem cells are collected and the health care team then freezes it. These cells are usually placed back in the blood after thawing them in the frozen state post the chemotherapy. The cells take almost 24 hours to reach the bone marrow and start multiplying to give rise to healthy blood cells.

Allogenic transplantation: This is better known as an allo transplant medically. In this case stem cells are obtained from another individual. But this individual needs to be someone with whom the bone marrow of the patient matches. Due to presence of proteins in white blood cells called the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) it is important that bone marrow matching takes place. The most compatible stem cell donor will have the HLA matching with that of the patient.

But the process of matching can also give rise to a very severe condition named graft versus host disease or GVHD but then it is not very likely. In this kind of a disease the healthy cells obtained from transplantation will start attacking the cells of the patients. In such cases siblings are considered to be the best match. And if they are not available then some other close family member can also work. Once the donor is fixed then the patient starts receiving chemotherapy session with or without radiotherapy. The other person’s stem is then placed in a vein via a tube. These cells unlike the previous ones are not frozen so they can be given immediately after the completion of chemotherapy.

There can be two types of Allo transplantation depending upon the age, condition and the disease that is being addressed:

The first kind is ablative where high dose of chemotherapy is used and in the second kind milder doses of chemotherapy is employed.

When the assigned health care team is unable to find a matched adult donor then are other options that must be considered like the Umbilical cord blood transplant and these days cancer centers all around the globe make use of cord blood.

Parent child transplant and haplotype mismatched transplant: In these kinds of transplants which are commonly employed the match found is 50% instead of 100% and the donor can be a parent, child or brother and sister.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What area of specialization does Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu have?
Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu is specialized in Turkey and of the most sought after doctors in Transplant Surgeon.
Does Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu have?
Dr. Songul Serefhanoglu is one of the most sought after specialists in Turkey and has over years of experience.
FAQ's Related to Hematologist
What does a Hematologist do?

Several blood and lymphatic system related disorders are researched upon and diagnosed by a Hematologist. They also give the right medical treatment and do certain operations that are needed for your blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system. They help in monitoring your health condition and interpret the results and in this process they do work in coordination with some other specialists as well. Sepsis, reaction to an infection and a genetic blood clotting disorder like Hemophilia are treated by a Hematologist.

What are the tests required before and during consultation for a Hematologist?

The tests required before and during consultation for a Hematologist are as follows:

  • Hemoglobin Testing
  • Blood Glucose Testing
  • Arranging a Blood Test
  • Full Blood Count Testing
  • Red Blood Cells (RBC) Testing
  • White Blood Cells (WBC) Testing
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency Testing
  • Mono Screening
  • Cholesterol Testing
  • Hematocrit and Platelets

The tests namely Prothrombin time, Partial thromboplastin time help in checking you for clotting or bleeding disorders and are a good metric to know whether the treatments and medications are working well. The three blood cells, their characteristics and numbers are tracked through a test well known as a complete blood count. Blood disorders, bone marrow disorders, some cancers and infections in the bone marrow can be diagnosed and monitored via bone marrow biopsy.

When should you go to see a Hematologist?

The doctor recommends tests and basis those tests and consultation, and refers you to a Hematologist in case the symptoms and test results suggest a blood disorder or a condition of the bone marrow or lymphatic system. Please confer with a Hematologist if you are either suffering from sickle cell anemia or anemia. Please begin your treatment process with a Hematologist if you have any of the cancers like leukemia, multiple myeloma or lymphoma. Visiting the specialist should not be delayed at all when the symptoms start showing.

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