The 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.
The aim of this document is not to define clinical outcomes, as these will inevitably vary and be specific to particular procedures and depends on the circumstances surrounding each individual patient. It also does not aim to address the wider health system measures such as quality of life or the cost benefit of particular procedures, however it does provide a framework to enable the development of such wider measures in the future.
The Standards provide a framework for the gold standard of IO services and which is something we hope that all facilities will strive to achieve over the coming years as IO becomes a firmly established clinical service.