Bone cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic orthopedic specialists and oncologists have decades of experience evaluating and treating bone tumors. On average, hundreds of people choose the expert, patient-centered care provided by Mayo Clinic's team of experts each year.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons discuss an upcoming procedure.

Mayo Clinic orthopedic specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team with oncologists, microvascular surgeons, plastic surgeons and other specialists to evaluate and treat each individual condition. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team.

Close collaboration enables your medical team to have your test results available quickly and then appropriately schedule your appointments across a team of specialists.

Seeking new knowledge and more-effective treatments for bone cancer, Mayo Clinic doctors continually study new diagnostic and treatment options and test them through clinical trials. Through this wide research network, you have direct access to the expertise of Mayo Clinic clinician-researchers.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

A Mayo Clinic surgeon consults with a patient.

A Mayo Clinic surgeon consults with a patient.

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, the specialists on the bone cancer team at Mayo Clinic use sophisticated imaging tests and comprehensive physical examinations to obtain a detailed, accurate diagnosis. Surgeons, radiologists and other specialists collaborate to evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment for you. A multidisciplinary conference is held weekly to evaluate cases and plan treatment, relying on the combined expertise of multiple subspecialists.

As a bone cancer patient at Mayo Clinic, here's what you can expect:

  • Prompt and comprehensive diagnosis. Mayo Clinic orthopedic and radiology specialists take detailed medical images of the affected bone using 3-D CT scans, MRIs and other imaging methods. Our radiology team has world-renown subspecialists in musculoskeletal tumor imaging to help provide accurate diagnoses. Imaging study results are typically available the same day or the next day. Image-guided biopsies can generally be scheduled within a 24- to 48-hour lead time. A prompt diagnosis means treatment can begin without delay.
  • Specialists in pediatric care. A special strength of Mayo Clinic's bone cancer program is treating childhood bone cancer. The pediatric oncologists, orthopedic doctors and other specialists at Mayo Clinic are very experienced in diagnosing and treating infants and children with this condition and lead national trials in this field.
  • Innovative surgical procedures. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons are very experienced in the most advanced surgical options for limb reconstruction. For example, if the cancer affects the bone's growth plate, a special prosthesis can be used that can be expanded as the child grows. In select cases, 3-D printers are used to plan complex operations and reconstructions.

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 that they test through clinical trials. This emphasis on research increases the treatment choices available to you. A variety of clinical trials and other studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic's orthopedic program has earned a national reputation as a top treatment center. The program is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and patient-centered care as well as for its advanced research into improved surgical techniques.

The National Cancer Institute has designated Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, a comprehensive cancer center. This designation recognizes Mayo Clinic Cancer Center's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer care.

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

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 orthopedic surgeons discuss an upcoming procedure.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic bone cancer surgeons are recognized nationally and internationally for their surgical technical excellence and innovative abilities to treat both straightforward and complex bone cancer problems. Bone cancer is an uncommon type of cancer, but Mayo Clinic bone cancer experts have extensive experience in treating all types of cancer arising in bone. Mayo Clinic bone cancer surgeons frequently are asked to travel worldwide to educate other physicians and surgeons and to provide insight into the latest treatment techniques.
  • Team approach. The team approach is a hallmark of Mayo Clinic. For those patients with bone cancer, the Mayo Clinic team often includes experts in oncology, pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and physical medicine and rehabilitation all working together. The Mayo Clinic bone cancer team seeks to first understand the full extent of your cancer and then works collectively with you to implement a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs and goals. Consultations with doctors, testing and a formal treatment plan often can be coordinated within a single visit.
  • Rapid diagnosis. Not all bone cancers are the same. Your team at Mayo Clinic is expert and experienced in advanced imaging, minimally invasive biopsy procedures and accurate pathology interpretation — each is important to quickly get you the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan.
  • A full range of treatment options. Your team of Mayo Clinic bone cancer experts will help you understand the full range of treatment options available to you. The typical treatment options for bone cancer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, several types of surgical procedures and innovative cancer ablation techniques. For some patients more than one treatment option may be combined. At every step in the decision-making process, your Mayo Clinic bone cancer team will work collectively with you to decide which treatment plan best suits you.
  • Latest treatment technology. At Mayo Clinic, your team of bone cancer experts has ready access to the latest technology to improve care for people with bone cancer. From diagnosis through treatment, Mayo Clinic is at the forefront of employing advanced technologies in the best interest of people with bone cancer. Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists use advanced radiation therapy techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. Mayo Clinic interventional radiologists are world leaders in percutaneous cancer ablation procedures.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. The National Cancer Institute has designated Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minnesota, a comprehensive cancer center. This designation recognizes the multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment as well as the scientific excellence of cancer work done at Mayo Clinic. Patients at Mayo Clinic have wide access to clinical trials for the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge treatments and research.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for orthopedics.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer care.

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.

June 28, 2016

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