Interventional oncology uses image-guided techniques, the safe and effective performance of which depends on the skills and expertise of interventional radiologists. Therefore, it is essential that this discipline remains within the sphere of interventional radiology. The best way of achieving this, and of maximising its potential, is to nurture it, provide it with the infrastructure for clinical care, and ensure that its practitioners are trained appropriately.
In order to stimulate its growth and importance on a global scale, interventional oncology needs to continue establishing its role, in collaboration with other disciplines in the field of oncology. To encourage multidiscilplinary collaboration, CIRSE created the Collaborating Against Cancer Initiative; delegates are invited to bring along any non-radiologist colleague free of charge with a travel grant.
Important initiatives have been launched to further the discipline in this way, within the framework of the Oncology Alliance Subcommittee (OAS).