Palliative interventional radiology
Interventional radiologists are members of the palliative care team involved in the treatment of cancer patients who are entering the last phase of an illness that cannot be treatment. An interventional radiologist can provide symptom management and treatments for pain relief when a patient and their care team decide to pursue a minimally invasive therapy with less pain, less risk, and less recovery time than traditional surgery.
For example, in patients with cancer that has spread to their bones and is causing constant pain that has not improved with medication, a radiofrequency ablation can be performed. Not only does this provide pain relief, but it also assists in preventing breaks in the weakened bone.