Interventional oncology (IO) offers safe and effective treatment for patients with a variety of malignancies. It is constantly evolving, leading to new oncological applications for minimally invasive, image-guided procedures in both palliative and curative settings. This is why interventional oncology’s importance has dramatically expanded, establishing it as the fourth pillar of cancer care alongside medical, surgical and radiation oncology.
IO procedures can achieve excellent results for the right patients, and often involve fewer complications and shorter hospital stays while being more cost-effective than alternative treatments.
In spite of their many advantages, the procedures offered by interventional oncologists are still not widely available in every country. In order for patients everywhere to have access to IO treatments, interventional oncology must push to increase its evidence base, fully establish itself as a clinical specialty, and strive to become better recognised within tumour boards. This is why ECIO offers a unique platform for knowledge exchange, further pushing what interventional oncology can do for the care of cancer patients.
Check out the CIRSE Library to find out more about both fundamental and cutting-edge interventional oncology treatments!
Share information about interventional oncology with your patients via the patient’s section of the CIRSE website, which offers information leaflets and an overview of procedures interventional radiologists perform, or through this short video.