The CIRSE Standards of Quality Assurance for Interventional Oncology establish the highest standards for patient care and treatment, as well as safety and efficiency of interventional procedures involved in the management of cancer patients. They look at the whole process of patient care and treatment and what is required to deliver it safely and effectively.
This document does not define clinical outcomes, as these will be specific to particular procedures and dependent on the condition of each patient. Neither does it address wider health system measures such as quality of life or the cost benefit of particular procedures. What it does, is provide a framework to help with development of these wider measures.
The standards provide a framework for the gold standard of IO services and something we hope that all facilities will strive to achieve over the coming years as IO becomes a firmly established clinical service.