What is interventional oncology?

Interventional oncology is a field of medicine that combines cancer treatment (oncology) with imaging tests (radiology). Doctors who specialize in this field use imaging tools, like CT or MRI scans, to target and treat cancers that have not spread. For example, they use the images to see a specific tumor and deliver chemotherapy medication directly into it.  This way, the drugs don't affect the rest of your body. Or, the images show them the specific body area to be treated with ablation (the burning away of tissue). Interventional oncology treatments are minimally invasive. That means you don't need a big surgical cut or operation.

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