Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that allows minimally invasive imaging-guided treatments. With the advancement of technology and the increasing availability of high quality imaging equipment, interventional radiology is able to offer a growing number of therapeutic options to patients and their physicians.
In oncology, interventional radiology is essential and today constitutes an effective alternative to more invasive conventional surgery.page
From the patient’s point of view, the benefits it provides include reduced risk, minimal pain, shorter recovery time, and avoidance of general anesthesia where possible.
During the patient’s journey, radiologist often have to intervene several times.
- In the initial stage or in the follow-up, it allows the diagnosis of cancer by placement of biopsy needles. It also enables the setting up of the devices necessary for receiving chemotherapy.
- In terms of treatment, radiology can now destroy tumors without open surgery.
- Lacassagne has the latest generation techniques for the destruction of tumors using radiofrequency needles, microwaves or focused ultrasound (non-invasive method).
- Finally, there are a number of interventional radiology procedures to treat cancer-related complications, such as painful metastases, fractures, obstruction of vital organs, infections. Although cancer cannot be cured by these methods, they can contribute to the well-being of patients, while improving their hope and overall quality of life.