Musaberk Goksel, M.D.
Medical Oncology/Hematology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Dr. Goksel attended medical school at Ankara University in Turkey, and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.
Hobbies / Interests:
I enjoy reading and biking in my spare time.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
The discovery of molecular mechanisms of cancer has led to more effective personalized treatments.
Why did you choose your field?
While I was practicing as a primary care physician, I was always impressed with the resilience and courage of cancer patients, as well as their appreciation towards their care team. After moving to the United States, I started a pathology residency and enjoyed attending tumor boards (cancer conferences). That’s when I realized I wanted to be part of the treatment team and eventually made the switch to oncology.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I heard about Illinois CancerCare through a fellow physician who practiced in Peoria years ago. I was aware of Illinois CancerCare, P.C.’s many ASCO awards and nationally recognized cancer research program. After a site visit, I was impressed by the professionalism and the high quality of cancer care provided by the team.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Be kind to yourself. It is okay to have bad days but be sure to enjoy the good days. Accept help, stay positive and be open with your provider.