Dilşen Çolak, MD

Dilsen Colak, MD

Medical Oncologist
Health Ministry Diskapi Education and Training Hospital
Ankara, Turkey

E-mail: dilsencolak@yahoo.com

Dr. Colak is an attending medical oncologist at the Health Ministry Diskapi Education and Training Hospital. She is committed to integrating palliative care into existing healthcare system. She is interested in increasing the understanding of palliative care among public and health care professionals.

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Education / Honors

  • Graduate, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, and OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2012-2014
  • Medical Oncology Fellowship, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2004-2007
  • Internal Medicine Fellowship, HM Ankara Education and Training Hospital, 1999-2003
  • Medical Degree, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 1993

Key Publications
Journal articles:

  • Akşahin A, Çolak D, Altınbaş M. Kanser Hastalarında Psikososyal Sorunlar (Psychosocial problems in cancer patients). Ortadoğu Tıp Dergisi. Mart 2010; sayfa 50-53. Colak D, Ozyilkan O, Akcali Z
  • Akşahin A, Çolak D, Altınbaş M. Kanserde Psikososyal Destek-Onkoloğun Rolü (Psychosocial Support in cancer- The role of oncologist). Ortadoğu Tıp Dergisi 2009: Aralık; 22-27.
  • Akçalı D, Çolak D. Kanser hastalarında palyatif bakım ve yaşamın sonu (Palliative care and end of life care in cancer patients). Clinic Medicine Nisan 2007, 66-70.
  • Çolak D, Özyılkan Ö. Kanser hastalarında palyatif tedaviler (Palliative treatments in cancer patients). Türkiye Klinikleri. (Kanser Rehabilitasyonu Özel Sayısı) 2006; 2(10):1-10.
  • Tanrıkol G, Kaya P, Çolak D, Alkış N, Özyılkan E. Onkolojik hastalarda yaşam kalitesinin değerlendirilmesi (Evaluation of life quality in cancer patients) Klinik Bilimler ve Doktor 2, 122-126, 2005.


  • Colak D, Ozyilkan O. Metabolic Problems, 80-86. European Society for Medical Oncology. Handbook of Advanced Cancer Care. Ed. Raphael Catane. Taylor & Francis, 2006

Key Presentations

  • Dünyada ‘hospice’ uygulamalarına örnek. Türkiye’de evde bakım ve ‘hospice’ hizmetinin durumu. (Examples of Hospice. Implementation of home care and hospice in Turkey). Anadolu Tıbbi Onkoloji Derneği Onkolojide Palyatif Bakım ve Terminal Hastaya Yaklaşım Sempozyumu, Gaziantep, Turkey, 27-30 Mayıs, 2010.
  • Truth telling of diagnoses and prognosis. European Society of Medical Oncology Course on Palliative Care in Oncology, Ankara, Turkey. November 17-18, 2006.
  • Quality of life for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. MASCC 17th International Symposium-June 30-July 2, 2005.

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