Glioma care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists work together as a multidisciplinary team to evaluate and treat each individual. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist.

Close collaboration enables the team to have your test results available quickly and to coordinate scheduling your appointments. Evaluation and treatment that might take months elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Accurate diagnosis is critical for providing appropriate treatment for each person. Once you start down a treatment path, it may not be possible to change therapies. With brain tumor experts focused on glioma care, Mayo Clinic doctors are able to make accurate diagnoses and recommend appropriate treatments from the start.

Mayo Clinic treats many people referred by their doctors from local clinics that aren't equipped to treat them. For example, Mayo Clinic has treated women with glioma during their pregnancies, and can perform MRI imaging on people with implanted medical devices such as pacemakers.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It's one of only four U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research. Mayo Clinic also is 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; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in 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.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's brain tumor experts provide comprehensive care for more than 3,000 adults and children with common or rare brain tumors, including glioma, each year.

  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for as a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It's one of only five U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research. Mayo Clinic also is 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.
  • Experienced neurosurgeons. If surgery is the most appropriate treatment, you want to be in the hands of experienced surgeons who perform these operations frequently. Neurosurgery is among the most complex of the surgical disciplines. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 1,000 brain tumor surgeries each year using the latest technological advances available to them, including computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative MRI, awake brain surgery and lasers.
  • Leadership in brain tumor research. With the goal of seeking new knowledge and improving the reliability, comfort and cost of care, Mayo Clinic doctors continually study new diagnostic and treatment options through clinical trials. At Mayo Clinic, scientists and medical researchers are investigating the causes of gliomas and other brain tumors and aggressively developing new treatments.
Glioma teamwork at Mayo Clinic

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.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Aug. 10, 2017
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