• Interventional Oncology uses real-time imaging to guide therapy. This may be for direct tumour treatment, relief of symptoms or for placement of long tubes into vessels that allow delivery of other treatments (such as chemotherapy). Imaging may also be used to obtain small samples of tumour tissue (biopsy).

      Radiologists typically use imaging to guide interventions. However, other clinicians such as anesthetists and some surgeons also use these techniques. Therefore ‘interventional oncology’ includes members of different disciplines who work together to provide a cohesive service.

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