Interventional oncology (IO) is a subspecialty of interventional radiology (IR) dedicated to the fight against cancer. Alongside colleagues in the allied fields of medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, interventional oncologists combine our minimally-invasive, image-guided IR expertise with added expertise in clinical oncology to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and management of malignancy and, increasingly, to cure. Our mission is to partner with our patients and their other care providers to maximize their quality and length of life. In fulfilment of this mission we support patients longitudinally across the spectrum of care. Most of the minimally-invasive interventions we provide are offered on an outpatient basis and mostly require only millimeters-long incisions.
Some of these are:
o Image-guided core and fine-needle biopsy
o Placement of chemotherapy ports and other central venous catheters
o Targeted therapies for solid organ tumors
o Percutaneous thermal ablation (a.k.a. microwave, cryoablation, or radiofrequency ablation)
o Percutaneous ethanol ablation (PEI)
o Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE)
o Yttrium-90 Transarterial radioembolization (TARE, a.k.a. selective internal radiotherapy – SIRT)
o Irreverisible Electroporation (IRE)
o Placement of fiducials (markers) to facilitate subsequent surgery or radiation therapy
o Nerve blocks and nerve ablation for chronic pain caused by tumors
o Percutaneous ablation and repair of painful bone metastases
o Thoracentesis and paracentesis (drainage) of fluid collections
o Percutaneous placement of tunneled peritoneal catheters to allow for easy intermittent drainage at home
o Percutaneous placement of feeding catheters (gastrostomy tubes)
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine?
Weill Cornell Medicine is a leader in this field, with a long tradition of expertise and innovation. We are especially skilled in minimally invasive procedures, which result in less pain and faster recovery compared to traditional methods.
Our facilities are state of the art including the NYP David H. Koch Center’s MRI/PET/Angiography suite, the first of its kind in the world. Our highly skilled physicians are among country’s best.
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