Interventional oncology (IO) is an umbrella term for minimally invasive cancer treatments that use medical imaging. It can treat several diseases, including primary cancers and cancers that have spread to other organs, like the liver, lung and bone.
IO procedures include ablation therapy and tumor embolization, such as radioembolization. Learn more about interventional oncology treatments.
IO treatments may offer less pain and faster recovery times than surgery. They may also be an option for patients who are not eligible for surgery. In many cases these treatments can be given in coordination with cancer drugs, like chemotherapy or immunotherapy.
At MD Anderson, many IO procedures are performed in the Interventional Oncology Clinic. The clinic is staffed by physicians from several specialty areas, including:
- Interventional radiologists, who use minimally invasive techniques and medical imaging to treat disease in the body;
- Neuroradiologists, who use CT, MRI, ultrasound, and minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat diseases of the brain, neck and spine;
- Nuclear medicine physicians, who use radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat disease.
Before you come to the clinic, IO physicians will review your imaging and evaluate your case to see if a minimally invasive image-guided procedure can help. If so, the IO physicians will meet with you to discuss treatment options. The IO team will also work with your existing oncologist, either within or outside MD Anderson, to coordinate the best care for you.
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If you are not a current MD Anderson patient, please request an appointment online.
Current MD Anderson patients interested in interventional oncology treatments should talk to their care providers about a referral.
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Interventional Oncology Clinic Leadership
Nicole Simon, M.S., PA-C, DMSc