Interventional Oncology

At AURA, you can access the most experienced team in Europe providing interventional procedures for the treatment of certain cancers.

What is interventional oncology?

Interventional oncology allows us to provide minimally invasive, image-guided diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancer conditions. Sometimes these treatments provide a less hazardous alternative to conventional surgery or may enable novel and innovation options to treat or palliate a cancer. In some cases, these procedures can provide improved outcomes when no other solutions had previously existed.

Interventional oncology is becoming established as an essential and independent ‘fourth’ pillar of multidisciplinary oncologic care.

Common interventional oncology procedures


The growth of a tumour may sometimes interfere with the functioning of an aspect of the body, due to either internal or external obstruction of the lumen. This may prevent the patient urinating, defaecating or eating normally. In these cases, a metallic stent can be placed to help restore function to the affected structure. Although the tumour itself may not be specifically treated, the relief of clinical signs is often sufficient to help restore an acceptable quality of life for the patient.

The video shows two examples how vascular occlusion can be used to control the continued growth of certain tumour types. 

Vascular procedures

Using minimally invasive techniques to place devices that completely block the flow of blood to the tumour tissue or enable chemotherapy to be delivered directly into the arterial supply of the tumour. By disrupting continued growth of the tumour, Common sites where vascular ablation or intra-arterial chemotherapy has been used with good success in dogs include cancers of the liver, prostate and lung.

Tumour ablation procedures

This minimally invasive treatment allows tumour tissue to be destroyed using extreme temperatures. Examples of ablation procedures are radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation. Microwave ablation is used at AURA, and may be performed with either ultrasound guidance, laparoscopy or at the time of open surgery.

Ablation can be used to manage unresectable tumours or help alleviate symptoms.

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Dachshund French Bulldog Crossbreed

Almost two years ago, Fidget, a Dachshund/French Bulldog cross, came to AURA after presenting with blood in her urine. After her initial consultation with Professor Nick Bacon, it was agreed that the next step would be to perform a CT scan.

The CT scan revealed an extensive mass on the dorsal aspect of the bladder . The regional lymph nodes were within normal limits and there was no obvious sign of distant metastasis in the abdomen nor the lungs. A cystoscopy was performed during the same general anaesthetic, in order to take some biopsies of the mass.

Histological analysis of the mass confirmed it was a urothelial carcinoma, the most common form of bladder cancer. As in most cases of bladder cancer in dogs, her mass was too extensive to be removed surgically.

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Interventional oncology staff

Gerard Mclachlan
Dr Gerard McLauchlan
Interventional Oncology / Interventional Medicine / Internal Medicine
Jen O'Keeffe
Jen O’Keeffe
Senior Nurse (Interventional Radiology)