U.S. Army Medicine Brief: High-Tech, High-Touch Cancer Care

As Chief of Interventional Radiology at the Brooke Army Medical Center, U.S. Army Maj. Nicolas Cahanding, DO, demonstrates radioembolization, a therapy that destroys cancerous tissue.

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I came into this field very fascinated by the ability to diagnose patient conditions with imaging alone.

One area, a very exciting area, that’s relatively new in our field is interventional oncology. So with certain cancers the mainstays of treatment, traditionally, have been surgery and chemotherapy. In interventional radiology we now have treatments to augment these more traditional treatments.

The therapy involves taking a radioactive isotope, placing that into the human body in order to directly destroy tissue with the radiation energy.

We have a simulation center here within the San Antonio Military Medical Center to practice their skills before performing these procedures, live, in patient care directly.

Thankfully, I found interventional radiology not only allowed me to satisfy my curiosity in overcoming technical challenges and arriving at a diagnosis but also the ability to treat patients. Whether it be our surgeons, our medical doctors, or our specialty care providers, I’m very proud to be a part of this team.