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Annie Collum, BSN, RN

Annie Collum, BSN, RN is the RIA Senior Manager, Physician Liaison in Denver, Colorado

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What is interventional oncology?

What is interventional oncology?

Interventional oncology is the practice of providing minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Using image guidance and the most current techniques, RIA Endovascular physicians treat cancerous tumors without medicating or affecting other parts of the body. We work with patients and physicians locally, nationally and internationally.

Local Treatments

Specific tumors are treated directly. A needle is placed in a tumor and the tumor can then be reduced or eradicated by freezing or heating. This can be done in the lung, bone, kidney, adrenal gland and other sites to kill the tumor and/or treat pain.

• Curative Ablation – using extreme heat or cold to kill tumors with the same effectiveness as surgery.
• Palliative Ablation – using extreme heat or cold to treat pain and reduce the size of tumors that cannot be cured
• Palliative Stabilization – using bone cement and orthopedic screws to treat pain or fractures caused by tumors in the pelvis

Regional Therapies

The region of an organ containing multiple lesions is treated. Regional therapies involve injecting a substance such as radioactive particles and/or chemotherapy particles into a specified area to treat multiple tumors, also referred to as lesions.
• Yttrium-90 radioembolization
• Chemoembolization
• Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE)