Glioma Specialty Group Overview

People with gliomas who receive care in the Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program are treated by internationally respected doctors who specialize in this type of brain tumor. Mayo doctors use advanced diagnostic technologies and innovative treatment approaches to develop a care plan tailored to each situation.

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People with gliomas may benefit from the molecular diagnostics and classification capabilities of Mayo Clinic. An accurate diagnosis is critical to deciding on the right treatment. Once you start down a treatment path, it may not be possible to change therapies.

Our physician-scientists were instrumental in developing a new classification system for glioma. That means your doctors are able to make accurate diagnoses and recommend appropriate treatments from the start.

Our brain tumor team helps many people referred by their doctors from local clinics to access expertise for rarely seen or complex situations. For example, Mayo Clinic has treated women with glioma during their pregnancies. And the clinic's radiology specialists can perform MRI scans on people with implanted medical devices such as pacemakers.

Each person's treatment plan may vary significantly depending on the size and location of the tumor, symptoms, tumor genetics, and personal goals. Options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted drug therapy and treatment innovations.

Molecular Classification of Brain Tumors

Your treatment team

Your treatment team may include a neurosurgeon, a neuroradiologist, a radiation oncologist, a neuro-oncologist and others as needed. Together they work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Complex conditions are reviewed by a large, multidisciplinary tumor board. You receive comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of your condition, with access to in-depth counseling, unbiased review of all available treatment options, follow-up care and rehabilitation.

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April 21, 2022