Why choose Mayo Clinic

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Compass to Care: The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation

In 1974, 14-month old Michelle Ernsdorff was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Michelle's hometown pediatricians in Dubuque, Iowa, had little experience treating a child with Wilm's, so her parents, Mike and Sandy Ermsdorff, began searching for other options. They soon learned that Mayo Clinic was hosting a [...]

  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, a national leading-edge group of institutions that developed the Wilms' tumor therapies currently in use. Experts at Mayo Clinic will provide you and your child with coordinated diagnosis and treatment based on the latest therapies.
  • Efficiency and teamwork. Mayo Clinic's teamwork approach brings together specialists to create a customized treatment plan for your child. These specialists may include pediatric hematologists and oncologists, pediatric surgeons or pediatric urologists, radiologists, and kidney specialists (nephrologists). In addition, staff geneticists can counsel you and your family about rare, inherited conditions that might be linked with Wilms' tumor.
  • Comprehensive cancer center.Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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