Govindarajan Narayanan (Miami, USA) delivered the Josef Roesch Lecture at CIRSE 2019 on the topic “Pathways and challenges to innovation in interventional oncology (IO)”. He distils some of the main messages of his talk for BLearning IR.
IO is witnessing an explosive growth, he says, pointing out that the subspecialty needs “physician innovators” to continue to explore uncharted territories and “physician champions” who give their personal time and commitment to surmount the challenges of setting up robust interventional oncology practices. Practicing IO involves participating in multidisciplinary tumour boards, performing the procedure, seeing patients in clinic and following patients, making it something that cannot be practised on the side, he states.
Narayanan also reveals something he wishes he had known over a decade ago—that “staying the course” in IO is a marathon, not a sprint.