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Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by studentdoc82, Nov 13, 2005.
I was wondering what other invasive procedures Rad Oncs do besides brachytherapy. Thanks.
Splenectomies and radical inguinal orchiectomies.
Brachytherapy is all, but believe me, it's enough. Gyn (intracavitary and interstitial), prostate, and breast do a fairly high volume of procedures (possibly reflective of my own institutional bias). There are also brachy procedures for head and neck, lung, CNS, sarcomas; I'm sure I'm leaving some out. The techniques vary by anatomic site, certainly enough to satisfy most in the field with a procedural bent.
I've intentionally left out things like IORT, intravascular brachy, and ocular plaques since, in my limited experience, you are basically riding shotgun with the surgical or interventional team.
I don't know if you would count radioisotope injection, but that's a pretty anti-climactic procedure.