Dr. Senem Karabulut

Dr. Senem Karabulut

Cancer Specialist - Medical Oncologist

  , Istanbul, Turkey

  10 Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr. Senem Karabulut is an experienced oncologist in Istanbul and Ulus, Turkey. She has a total clinical experience of more than 15 years. She is currently providing her services as Associate Professor at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Associate Professor Doctor. She is also associated with Liv Hospital Ulus in the Medical Oncology department. She worked as an Internal Diseases Specialist, compulsory service, Siirt State Hospital, Siirt and Medical Oncology Specialist, compulsory service, Siirt State Hospital, Siirt. Dr. Senem has also been associated with various organizations. She completed her Bachelor's degree from Cerrahpa?a Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul in the year 2003. Later, in the year 2010, she underwent Specialization in Medicine, Internal Diseases from Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul. Dr. Senem completed a specialization in Minor Medicine, Medical Oncology from Istanbul University Oncology Institute, Istanbul University, Istanbul in the year 2015. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology from Health Sciences University, Vocational School of Health.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Senem Karabulut is a well-known oncologist with an expertise in managing various cancer diseases. Her areas of service include management and treatment of colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, metastatic cancer, and various other cancerous conditions. Her area of interest includes breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and Colo-rectal cancer. Research publication of Dr. Senem have been published in various national and international journals. Dr. Senem had also associated with a study as Assistant Researcher. De. Senem is associated with various organizations such as American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Turkish Medical Association, Turkish Oncology Association, European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), and Turkish Lung Cancer Association.

Past Experience

  • Oncologist, Compulsory Service, Health Sciences University, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Medical Oncology Department, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, 2015-2018
  • Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Internal Medicine Department, Çapa, Istanbul, 2018 - Present
  • Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Internal Medicine Department, Medical Oncology, Associate Professor Doctor
  • Forensics 3rd Board of Specialization, Medical Oncology, Permanent Member (Assignment)
  • Liv Hospital Ulus, Medical Oncology, Part-time


  • Bachelor's Medicine: Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul 1996-2003
  • Specialization in Medicine: Internal Medicine Fatih Sultan Mehmet Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul 2004-2010
  • Minor Specialization in Medicine: Medical Oncology: Istanbul University Institute of Oncology, Istanbul University, Istanbul 2011-2015
  • PhD: Molecular Oncology Health Sciences University, Vocational School of Health Sciences 2018 - Present
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Member, 2012 - 2018
  • European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Member, 2012 - 2018
  • Turkish Society of Oncology, Member, 2011 - 2018
  • Turkish Lung Cancer Association, Member, 2012 - 2018
  • Turkish Medical Association, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Analysis Regarding Etiology in Patients with Organic and Functional Dyspepsia in Turkish Society. Istanbul, Turkey. 2010.

Chemotherapy is a category of standardized drug administration of various types for the treatment of cancer. With a curative intent, some combinations of drugs are administered to a patient to prolong their life and also to bring about a reduction in the symptoms shown by the patient. Chemotherapy treatment is considered to be one of the major categories of medical oncology. Many people around the world are prescribed to undergo chemotherapy treatment instead of undergoing a surgical procedure. But many are frightened with the side effects of this treatment as it is believed to reduce the quality of life of the patients.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a procedure where non-specific intracellular poisons are used, which are specifically related to preventing the process of mitosis or the natural cell division of the cancerous cells. This technique rather excludes those agents that are responsible for selective extracellular growth signal blockade (signal transduction blockers). If spoken about these agents used in chemotherapy, it has been found that most of them are cytotoxic in nature due to their property of interfering with natural mitosis. However, the cells of cancer can differ widely in terms of showing susceptibility to these administered agents.

Chemotherapy can be defined as a way of mass destruction of stress cells, which would eventually lead to the death of the cells when apoptosis is initiated. The commonly known side effects of chemotherapy can be traced back to the process of damaging normal non-cancerous cells, which are in the process of rapid division. They are sensitive to anti-mitotic drugs that are being administered to the patient and such cells may include the cells of the hair follicles, digestive tract lining, and bone marrow. But nowadays treatment options have undergone a lot of modification by which these side effects can be well countered.

Types of Chemotherapy Drugs

Various options of drugs are available to treat different types of cancer including the following:

Alkylating agents: These kinds of agents prove to be extremely beneficial during the cell’s resting phase. The various kinds of alkylating agents that are employed in chemotherapy treatment include the following:

  • Mustard gas derivatives: Cyclophosphamide, mechlorethamine, chlorambucil, ifosfamide, melphalan
  • Ethylenimines: Thiotepa and hexamethylmelamine
  • Alkylsulfonates: Busulfan
  • Metal salts: Oxaliplatin, cisplatin, and carboplatin
  • Nitrosoureas: Streptozocin, lomustine, carmustine

Nitrosoureas are unique from the rest for choices in chemotherapy treatment due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and treating tumors of the brain.

Plant alkaloids: Plant alkaloids employed for chemotherapy treatment are derived from plants.  These include vinca alkaloids, taxanes, podophyllotoxins, and camptothecan analogs. The plant alkaloids are cell cycle specific agents, which enables them to attack the dividing cells in various stages of their division cycle.

Antimetabolites: This kind of chemotherapy treatment involves substances that are similar in composition to the normal substances present in the cell. When these substances get incorporated in the process of cellular metabolism, then the cell is no longer able to divide. They are also cell cycle specific and can be classified further according to the substance in the cell with which they interfere.

Topoisomerase inhibitors: When the topoisomerase enzymes in the body ( topoisomerase I and II) are inhibited as a result of chemotherapy drugs, then those drugs are referred to as topoisomerase inhibitors. During the chemotherapy, the topoisomerase enzymes are responsible for controlling structural manipulation of the DNA which is necessary for the purpose of replication.

Miscellaneous antineoplastics: Different types of drugs make each chemotherapy treatment process unique. Enzymes, retinoids, adrenocortical steroid inhibitor, ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor or antimicrotubule agents can be used as chemotherapy drugs.

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