Brain tumor care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned brain tumor teams include neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who work together to provide exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic also provides expert care for children with brain tumors. Our pediatric neuro-oncologists work with a team of specialists to diagnose and treat pediatric brain tumors and provide children with the personalized treatment they require.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized brain tumor experts in the world are all working together to determine what's best for you.

What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic patients have access to the most advanced imaging and diagnostic tools available, and there's a long history of Mayo Clinic scientists developing those cutting-edge technologies for patient care.

The most recent Mayo Clinic innovation in brain tumor care, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and related slip interface imaging, allows our physicians to better prepare for brain tumor removal surgery. The technology — invented and developed for brain tumor care at Mayo Clinic — provides vital information about the firmness and adhesion of brain tumors, which allows the multidisciplinary care team to determine the optimal method and timing for surgery and reduce the risk of potential complications or follow-up surgeries.

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 1,000 brain tumor surgeries each year using the latest technologies and tools available to them, including computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative MRI, awake brain surgery and lasers.

Research

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge. A variety of clinical trials and other studies of tumor biology, neuropathology and epidemiology may be available to you as part of your brain tumor treatment at Mayo Clinic.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

It is one of only four U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research. Mayo Clinic is also part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a group of scientists throughout the U.S. and Canada who work together to conduct clinical trials and reduce the impact of cancer.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Aug. 10, 2017
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