Interventional Oncology (IO) is a rapidly developing field among physicians trained as Interventional Radiologists. These physicians are trained to be the experts in image-guided and minimally invasive procedures. They use the most advanced diagnostic equipment, molecular imaging, and non-invasive therapies to directly target, treat and manage many difficult-to-treat cancers and related disorders. Using a multidisciplinary approach, they work with other specialists including medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology to provide comprehensive cancer care.
Some of the minimally invasive therapies utilized by Interventional radiologists in IO include: chemoembolization, radioembolization, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), cryoablation and more. Many of these procedures are done on an outpatient or overnight basis. In many situations, this can be an alternative to or supplement surgical treatment for many conditions and can result in shorter recovery times, fewer side effects and decreased hospitalizations. There are also many other new and developing technologies that have the potential to manage cancer in a more focused, effective, economical, and less invasive manner.
The goal of the RFS IO Service line is to provide high quality resources and information regarding the 1) clinical, 2) practice building, 3) technical and 4) imaging components of oncologic diseases that can be treated through minimally invasive procedures performed by interventional radiologists. The IO Service line is currently subdivided into subcommittees based on the four components mentioned above.
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