Interventional oncology is a part of comprehensive treatment for cancer and cancer-related disorders. Procedures often complement standard cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, helping to reduce pain and extend life. Interventional oncology procedures can even cure certain types of tumors. Some tumors can’t be treated through traditional methods but do respond to interventional treatment.
Interventional oncology procedures are minimally invasive and most often done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to have a shorter recovery at home. By pinpointing treatment to the tumor, they limit chemotherapy or radiation exposure, causing fewer side effects than traditional treatments. A CT scan, MRI or ultrasound may be needed prior to treatment to help determine the right procedure and dose. Our interventional radiologist will consult with the patient and provider to discuss the procedure.