I consider myself at the beginning of my career, but I think I understand what’s valuable and what to do.
I remember a talk from about four or five years back and I think it kind of shaped my view on research and being a physician. The talk was about what is it to be a physician and scientist: a clinician practising at the borders of knowledge but a scientist goes beyond that border and expands it for everyone. That was just amazing and enough for me. I wanted to go beyond and explore.
First, go beyond the borders.
What was next? I couldn’t find the answer to this really. Then, I realized I enjoy reading papers particularly when they have the potential to change clinical practice. To date, I was part of a couple of studies but the question that drove those studies did not originate from real clinical questions. We went beyond the border and obtained important results, however, I still wanted to be a part of work that could have an immediate effect on clinical practice. Well, at last.
We have shown that PET/CT does not influence treatment and surgical approach in early-stage breast cancer management: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12094-023-03331-1
This study started as a question asked by Dr Özdemir, during a breast cancer tumor board meeting and has now been published. I enjoyed very much working with the team!
More to come!