Brain tumor care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned brain tumor teams include neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who work together to provide exactly the care you need.

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.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic patients 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 our 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 1,000 brain tumor surgeries each year using the latest technologies and tools available to them, including computer-assisted brain surgery, intraoperative MRI, awake brain surgery and lasers.

Research

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge. 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.

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.

It is one of only four U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research. 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., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals 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. Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny

    Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news [...]

  2. Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

    In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family. For Sally Kirilloff, July 5 is a day to celebrate. "That day means another chance," says Sally, who this year marks [...]

  3. Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title ? Brain Cancer Survivor

    A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn?t know was that she?d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here's Nicole's story, in her own words. Written by Nicole Barlanti My world changed on April 11, 2013. It was a Thursday. Before [...]

  4. Successful Brain Cancer Surgery Puts Sunshine Back in a Young Mom?s World

    When Tyson Cluever, a 32-year-old mother of two from Benson, Minnesota, learned that she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was of her children. At just nine months and five years old, her sons stood to lose one of the most important people in their lives if she were to share the fate [...]

  5. Teen Finds a Positive Way Forward After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis

    When he was born 13 years ago, Connor Johnson was a "miracle baby,? according to his parents. Kathleen and Curtiss Johnson had struggled for years to become and stay pregnant. They had given up hope, when they discovered they were nearly four months along. The miracle of Connor?s life took on new poignancy in the [...]

  6. Persevering Through Brain Cancer, Travis McGinnis Remains Upbeat and Optimistic

    Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says ? his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, [...]

  7. A New Weapon in the Arsenal for Patient With Stubborn Cancer: Proton Beam Therapy

    Audra Popp has a rare tumor – anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, also known as anaplastic PXA. Only a handful of people are diagnosed with this condition each year. Audra is the first person at Mayo Clinic with anaplastic PXA to be treated with proton beam therapy. Audra had 20 proton beam therapy sessions to try to [...]

  8. Perfume Maker Gets Her Sense of Smell Back??

    Kim Spadaro tells stories through scent. She travels the world capturing unique olfactory experiences and bottling them for others to share. "My experience [in these places] is really what turns it into a fragrance," she says. "I can tell you how something smells in a story." That, of course, requires a keen sense of smell. [...]

  9. Ali is seizure free and still dancing

    When Ali Nowotny was just 15, she began to“blank out.” It was summer of 2006, and she was working as a waitress in her hometown of Rapid City, S.D. The episodes occurred about once a month, and left her “spaced out” for several minutes, slurred her speech and gave her headaches. Ali shrugged them off. [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's brain tumor experts provide comprehensive care for more than 3,000 adults and children with common or rare brain tumors each year.

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic's world-renowned brain tumor specialists work together with other specialists 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 1,000 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. It is one of only four U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research.

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.

Aug. 10, 2017
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