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.

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Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

Central Appointment Office

  1. 800-446-2279 (toll-free)
  2. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Mountain time
  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida

Central Appointment Office

  1. 904-953-0853
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Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota

Central Appointment Office

  1. 507-538-3270
  2. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic Children's Center

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  1. 855-MAYO-KID (855-629-6543, toll-free)
  2. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Teamwork, experience and technology

The Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program — available at the clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota — offers personalized, comprehensive, expert care to people with brain tumors. If you have a serious, complex or rare brain tumor condition, such as glioma, meningioma, pituitary tumors, skull base tumors or brain metastases, you'll find exactly the care you need at Mayo Clinic. Your care team is dedicated to matching you with the medical or surgical team that best fits your unique situation. This includes helping to select which clinic location is the most convenient.

The Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program brings together teamwork, experience and innovative technologies to achieve the best outcome possible for you. Your care team is made up of several specialists who work together to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Mayo Clinic also provides expert care for children with brain tumors, available in Minnesota. 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.

A team approach, focused on you

Your Mayo Clinic brain tumor team may include specialists from neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, endocrinology, otorhinolaryngology/head and neck surgery, and other areas as needed.

Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among team members, your test results are available quickly, and appointment schedules are coordinated. The most highly specialized experts in the world are working with you. What might take weeks or even months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

You also have access to supportive therapy during and after brain tumor treatment to help you feel better. These services include integrative medicine, palliative care, rehabilitation, psychotherapy and support groups. Talk with your doctor about these options and how they might help you live with the physical and emotional side effects of brain tumor treatment.

On Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, on-campus housing is available during treatment, on a limited basis.

The right brain tumor care, the first time

Your expert care team is committed to making sure you receive the right care the first time. Successful treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. You may undergo several tests so that your doctors can identify exactly what's causing your signs and symptoms.

Mayo Clinic's brain tumor teams use innovative and advanced imaging technologies and tools, including high-powered (7-tesla) magnetic resonance imaging, PET scanning and molecular diagnostics, a type of genetic testing. Molecular diagnostics is an individualized medicine approach that analyzes the DNA of a tumor. This testing helps doctors predict which treatment options will work on specific brain tumor types.

Precision treatment options include targeted drug therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, lasers, computer-assisted brain surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery and proton therapy. Proton therapy delivers targeted doses of radiation to tumors while sparing healthy tissue and reducing the risk of side effects.

Mayo Clinic is one of the few centers in the country to offer awake brain surgery. This procedure helps certain people who have been told they have an inoperable brain tumor. People who have a brain tumor removed with this advanced approach often experience reduced hospital stays, a lower expected mortality rate and shorter recovery times. Many people who undergo brain tumor surgery at Mayo Clinic leave the hospital in one or two days.

Research: Innovation to treatment faster

Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists conduct research that leads to innovative diagnostic and treatment options that improve people's lives. Research avenues include laboratory studies, mathematical modeling and clinical trials. People whose brain tumors haven't responded to treatment may be eligible for clinical trials that are testing new approaches.

Mayo Clinic doctors invented and developed a new tool that's now widely used to help people with brain tumors — magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and related slip interface imaging. It provides doctors with vital information about the firmness and adhesion of brain tumors. This information affects their choice of surgical approach and timing, which in turn may reduce the risk of complications and follow-up surgeries.

Your doctors will talk with you about the tests and procedures that are right for you. Not all services are available at each location. Please confirm when you request an appointment.

Mayo Clinic doctors who treat people with brain tumors have expertise in a many complex and serious conditions, including:

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

Find doctors and medical staff:

Arizona

Neurology and oncology

Neurosurgery

Psychology

Radiation oncology

Radiology

Florida

Endocrinology

Neuro-critical care

Neurology

Neuro-oncology

Neuro-ophthalmology

Neuropathology

Neurophysiology

Neuro-psychiatry

Neuroradiology

Neurosurgery

Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)/head and neck surgery

Radiation oncology

Minnesota

Medical oncology

Neurology and neuro-oncology

Neurosurgery

Ophthalmology

Otolaryngology (ENT)/head and neck surgery

Pathology

Pediatric neurology

Pediatric neurosurgery

Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Psychology

Radiation oncology

Radiology

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

Specialists in the Brain Tumor Program are organized into disease-oriented teams to enhance collaboration, research and patient care.

Each year at Mayo Clinic, more than 6,000 adults and children with brain tumors and other central nervous system cancers find the help they need. For many of them, surgery is the best option. Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 3,000 brain and central nervous system surgeries yearly.

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons specialize in minimally invasive techniques, which often result in reduced hospital stays, shorter recovery times and lower expected mortality rate in brain tumor surgery. The clinic's adult 30-day mortality rate for brain tumor surgery is only 0.3 percent, compared with 1 to 4 percent nationally. At Mayo Clinic, many people leave the hospital two days after surgery.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., rank among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for cancer in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is recognized among the Best Hospitals for cancer and is ranked high-performing for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery. With the emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all sites.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's quality rankings.

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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Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists are dedicated to research that leads to more and better treatments for people with brain tumors. Leading-edge studies include:

  • Improving diagnostics and the ability to tailor treatment to each person by studying genetic alterations in brain tumor cells
  • Harnessing the immune system to kill tumor cells using vaccines
  • Exploring the use of nanotechnologies to treat brain tumors
  • Targeting brain cancer cells with viruses
  • Understanding how brain cancer cells invade surrounding brain tissues

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge to improve patient care. For example, a scientist in mathematical oncology is learning how to predict where brain tumors might be at a microscopic level. This may help doctors decide where precisely to operate, even if tumors don't show up on a scan.

If you receive care at the Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program, your doctor may invite you to be part of one the clinical trials testing new treatments. Mayo Clinic is part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute that gives Mayo patients access to experimental treatments around the country.

Related research laboratories and programs:

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.

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.

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