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Interventional Oncology

Interventional oncology is a minimally invasive treatment that directly targets cancer tumors using advanced image-guided technology. It’s considered to be one of the newest and more  aggressive options in cancer treatment today. 

At OhioHealth, we have interventional oncologists specially trained in this rapidly advancing field. They are dedicated to this subspecialty of interventional radiology, focused on precisely targeting difficult-to-treat cancers. 

Our Interventional Oncology Team Approach

OhioHealth interventional oncologists are experts in understanding how minimally invasive intervention can fit into your overall treatment plan. They collaborate closely with cancer specialists in surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy.

Should you be treated with interventional oncologic therapies, after your treatment, your interventional oncologist will work with the other doctors on your cancer care team, reviewing imaging scans and monitoring your progress as much as needed. 

Cancers We Treat With Interventional Oncology

Our interventional oncologists treat patients with the following cancers.

  • Primary liver cancer
    • Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
    • Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Secondary liver cancer (cancers that spread to the liver)
    • Colon cancer
    • Neuroendocrine cancer
    • Other localized liver metastases
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer (early stage)

Not all cancer patients are candidates for interventional oncology. This minimally invasive treatment depends on many things, including the type of cancer you have, its location and whether or not it has spread. Interventional oncology procedures offered at OhioHealth include, but are not limited to:

  • Tissue biopsy for diagnosis
  • Radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy
  • Embolization and chemoembolization
  • Radioembolization with Yttrium-90
  • Palliative care such as pain management or fluid drainage

What to Expect With Interventional Oncology

Typically, your medical oncologist will refer you to an interventional oncologist; however, because every cancer journey is unique, many other physicians, in particular surgeons, also make referrals to interventional oncology. 

You’ll meet with an interventional radiologist to review your imaging scans and discuss possible treatment options, as well as your medical history and any questions you may have. An individualized treatment plan is developed in conjunction with your medical oncologist, surgeon or other referring doctor.

Interventional oncologic procedures take place in the radiology departments of our hospitals, where imaging technology, used to precisely target the tumor, is located. 

With most interventional oncology procedures, you’ll be sent home the same day. Patients receiving chemoembolization, however, stay in the hospital overnight, so we can monitor the chemotherapy medications. 

Pain is the most common side effect, but everyone is different in how they feel after a procedure. Talk about what side effects you might experience with your interventional oncologist.

After your procedure, you’ll meet with your interventional oncologist for a follow-up appointment. During this time, you’ll discuss results from the procedure and next steps in your cancer care.

How We Differentiate Ourselves

Interventional oncology is a rapidly advancing treatment option for cancer patients, with new data and research becoming available all the time. 

At OhioHealth, we closely follow the innovations in this minimally invasive medical field, so we can provide its many benefits to our patients. 

Our interventional oncologists are expertly trained to perform this targeted cancer treatment. They have access to clinical trials and the evolving new research and procedural techniques integral to interventional oncology’s highly specialized, state-of-the-art cancer treatment.