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Interventional Oncology Consultation at RCI

Interventional oncology

Interventional oncology is a growing field within interventional radiology. It encompasses several new minimally invasive treatments that directly target cancerous tumors using advanced image guided technology. It is considered one of the newest and more aggressive options in cancer therapy today.

When you turn to RCI for an interventional oncology consultation in Cedar Rapids, you’ll find dedicated interventional radiologists specially trained in this rapidly advancing field.

RCI’s team approach

Our interventional radiologists are experts in understanding how minimally invasive interventions fit into the overall treatment plan. They collaborate closely with cancer specialists in surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy.

After any interventional oncology therapy, your RCI interventional radiologist will work with the other doctors on your cancer care team, reviewing imaging scans and monitoring your progress.

Our interventional radiologists 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)

What can I expect from an interventional oncology consultation at RCI?

Typically, your medical oncologist will refer you to an interventional radiologist. However, because every cancer journey is unique, many other physicians (particularly surgeons) make referrals to interventional oncology specialists. Some cancer patients refer themselves for an interventional oncology opinion.

When you come to RCI for an interventional oncology consultation, you’ll meet with an interventional radiologist to answer any questions and to review your medical history, imaging scans and possible treatment options. An individualized treatment plan will be developed by working with your medical oncologist, surgeon or other referring doctor.

Interventional oncology procedures at RCI

Not all cancer patients are candidates for interventional oncology procedures. These minimally invasive treatments depend on many things, including the type of cancer you have, its location and whether or not it has spread. Interventional oncology procedures offered at RCI include:

  • Radiofrequency or microwave tumor ablation
  • Bland tumor embolization
  • Chemoembolization
  • Palliative treatments for pain management

Interventional oncology procedures take place in the radiology departments of our partner hospitals, where the necessary advanced imaging technologies are located.

With most interventional oncology procedures, you’ll go home the same day. Some procedures will require an overnight stay to manage side effects and/or pain.

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

All of our interventional radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology with Certificates of Advanced Qualification (CAQs) in vascular and interventional radiology. They are members of the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR).

For further information on these and other interventional radiology procedures, visit www.sirweb.org

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RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).



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