Brain tumor care at Mayo Clinic

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Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, a team of specialists work together to provide you with comprehensive, world-renowned care. Your team members may include:

  • Neuroradiologists
  • Neuropathologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Neurologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Other professionals, as needed

Mayo Clinic also provides expert care for children with brain tumors. Our 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.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized brain tumor experts in the world are all working together to determine what's best for you.

What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

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Advanced diagnosis and treatment

A revolution in brain tumor diagnosis.

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People who seek care at Mayo Clinic have access to the most advanced imaging and diagnostic tools available, and there's a long history of Mayo Clinic scientists developing those cutting-edge technologies for patient care.

The most recent Mayo Clinic innovation in brain tumor care, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and related slip interface imaging, allows physicians to better prepare for brain tumor removal surgery. The technology — invented and developed for brain tumor care at Mayo Clinic — provides vital information about the firmness and adhesion of brain tumors, which allows the multidisciplinary care team to determine the optimal method and timing for surgery and reduce the risk of potential complications or follow-up surgeries.

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 2,200 brain tumor surgeries each year using the latest technologies and tools available to them, including:

Research

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking a greater understanding of brain tumors in order to improve patient care. A variety of clinical trials and other studies of tumor biology, neuropathology and epidemiology may be available to you as part of your brain tumor treatment at Mayo Clinic.

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Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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

    1. Eliminating a Complex Brain Tumor With Careful Planning and Expert Care

      Tony DeGange never thought much about the bump on his head until his barber mentioned that it might be a problem. It was. The bump turned out to be a brain tumor. But his Mayo Clinic team successfully removed it, and now Tony's back to enjoying his retirement, bump-free. A retired auto parts salesman and [...]

    2. Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

      Rick and Geri Minard with Doc. As a sled dog trainer, Rick Minard has faced blizzards and subzero temperatures. But those challenges paled in comparison to facing a complicated medical situation that involved brain tumors and two cancer diagnoses. He's been able to weather it all, though, thanks to the trust he's placed in his [...]

    3. ?Tackling a Rare Brain Tumor With Expertise and Skill

      Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Marrissa Janssen was scared. Her biggest fear was that doctors wouldn't be able to get rid of the entire mass. But after consulting with experts at Mayo Clinic, Marrissa's fear turned to hope. Now, after surgery and proton beam therapy, the tumor is gone. Sept. 6, 2018, started off as [...]

    4. Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum After Brain Surgery

      Tanner Effinger knew something was seriously wrong. Despite seeing multiple physicians in Virginia and Idaho, no one could figure out what was causing his weight loss, fatigue and anemia. Within days of arriving at Mayo Clinic, however, Tanner was diagnosed with an unusual brain tumor. After it was surgically removed, all of Tanner's symptoms disappeared. [...]

    5. Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

      As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

    6. Using Expertise and Teamwork to Tackle a Brain Tumor

      After being plagued by mysterious symptoms for more than a year, Richard Uihlein was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told nothing could be done about it. Undeterred, he went to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There he found a way forward after all.? For more than a year, Lauralee Uihlein couldn't shake the [...]

    7. Comprehensive Care Returns Teacher's Focus to Her Love of Learning

      Two troubling diagnoses had Erika Bauserman worried about her future. Her care team at Mayo Clinic took care of both medical problems so Erika could put her health concerns behind her. A retired preschool teacher, Erika Bauserman, is passionate about child literacy. Since moving to St. Augustine, Florida, from Illinois in 2011, Erika spends much [...]

    Expertise and rankings

    Mayo Clinic brain tumor experts provide comprehensive care for more than 3,200 adults and children with common or rare brain tumors each year.

    • Collaboration. The world-renowned brain tumor specialists at Mayo Clinic work together with other experts to deliver the most appropriate treatment for each person. Your brain tumor treatment team may involve neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals as needed.
    • The latest techniques and technology. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons perform more than 2,200 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. Advanced brain tumor imaging invented at Mayo Clinic, magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and related slip interface imaging, provides a clearer picture of the firmness and attachment of brain tumors to surrounding healthy tissues, reducing uncertainty before going into surgery.
    • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

    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.

    For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

    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.

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    Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

    Mayo Clinic Health System

    Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program

    Arizona

    • Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program
    • 5779 E. Mayo Blvd.
      Phoenix, AZ 85054
    • Phone: 480-301-4193

    Florida

    • Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program
    • 4500 San Pablo Road
      Jacksonville, FL 32224
    • Phone: 904-953-0818

    Minnesota

    • Mayo Clinic Brain Tumor Program
    • 200 First St. SW
      Rochester, MN 55905
    • Phone: 507-284-2193
    April 27, 2019