As trainees, we only see a small part of the process of treating any individual patient, usually at the stage of administering locoregional therapy in interventional radiology. In this setting, it can be difficult to fully understand the role of IR within the larger picture of multidisciplinary care
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The IO Central Chemoembolization Discussion Group this week raised the issue of getting insurance approval for atypical tumors. Not surprisingly, the insurer in this case turned out to be Blue Cross, one of the worst carriers for Interventional Oncology procedures.
If there were level one evidence to support a particular practice, there wouldn’t be much of a debate! The popularity of this theme is a sign of the lack of clear cut best practice in what is a large and developing part of many interventional radiology practices.
One of my favorite patients died this month. I first met him in January, 2008 when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was a 60-year-old martial arts and music instructor, a seriously cool dude who always showed up in rimless sunglasses with his grey hair tied back in a neat queue.