Sunday Plenary Session: A Cohesive, Team Approach to Cancer Care
Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology: We Must Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
Radiology and interventional oncology share a strong focus on cancer detection and staging, locoregional therapy and follow-up. Despite their mutual goals and complementary skill sets, however, many radiology and radiation oncology departments struggle to be autonomous and at times compete for hospital resources and patients. In the new healthcare paradigm of evidence-based medicine, a cohesive team approach to cancer care makes the most economic sense, says Damian E. Dupuy, M.D., who will present, "We Must Stand on the Shoulders of Giants."
Dr. Dupuy encourages deeper collaboration between these departments given the shared interests and synergy between their treatments, pointing out that patients stand to benefit from the reunification of spirit as well as intellect. Quoting the timeless words of Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Dupuy notes, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Dr. Dupuy is director of tumor ablation at Rhode Island Hospital and a professor of diagnostic imaging at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Internationally recognized for his clinical expertise, teaching and research in image-guided ablation, Dr. Dupuy has helped broaden clinical applications to successfully combat adrenal cancer and cancers of the kidney, liver, lung, head and neck and skeleton. He pioneered technologies such as percutaneous microwave ablation, cryoablation and combination therapies using radiofrequency ablation with external radiation or brachytherapy. Dr. Dupuy has been the principal investigator of two National Cancer Institute-funded multicenter trials.
Dr. Dupuy chairs the Interventional Oncology Symposium at the RSNA Annual Meeting and is a member of RSNA's Public Information Advisors Network.