Peripheral nerve tumors care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic doctors are trusted and respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating every type of peripheral nerve tumor, from routine to complex. These experts provide comprehensive care for adults and children with peripheral nerve tumors.

Team approach

People who come to Mayo Clinic for a peripheral nerve tumor will be treated by a multidisciplinary team. Doctors trained in nervous system conditions (neurologists) and experts in nerve surgery (neurosurgeons) collaborate with radiologists, ear, nose and throat specialists (otorhinolaryngology), oncologists, radiation oncologists, and professionals trained to help people regain movement and function. Other experts may be included depending on your specific needs, such as an audiologist if you have an acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) or a geneticist if you have neurofibromatosis, which can be passed on by a parent. This team works together to make sure you get exactly the care you need.

Advanced diagnosis & treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing peripheral nerve tumors. They use innovative, noninvasive approaches to nerve imaging, such as high-resolution, 3-D imaging. Mayo Clinic patients have access to diagnostic studies that aren't available at many institutions, such as multimodal imaging and genetic analysis. Some advanced imaging techniques may help to distinguish cancerous tumors from benign tumors without a biopsy or incision.

If you and your doctor decide that surgery is the right option for you, you'll be treated by a surgeon who focuses his or her practice on peripheral nerve tumor care. At Mayo Clinic, highly trained neurosurgeons use the latest in surgical techniques to remove the tumor while sparing nearby tissue and minimizing damage to nerves. They use computer-aided navigation and intraoperative monitoring to identify and protect healthy nerves. Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons are experts in complex procedures, such as surgery to a recurrent nerve tumor even though you've undergone stereotactic radiosurgery before.

Other treatments such as stereotactic radiosurgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and proton therapy may be options in certain situations. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists can help you recover function after treatment.

Occasionally, children and adolescents get some type of nerve tumor. Mayo Clinic treatment teams in Minnesota have experience treating tumors and will make appropriate recommendations. Your child's treatment team can include doctors trained in treating conditions of the brain, muscles and nerves, including pediatric neurologists and pediatric neurosurgeons, doctors trained in hereditary conditions (geneticists), and specialists trained in rehabilitation.

Care focused on your needs

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as an individual. They take the time to listen to you and work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your goals and needs. Their collaborative approach to care means efficient care. In many cases you can be diagnosed and start treatment in just a few days.

Nationally recognized expertise

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.

Expertise and rankings


Mayo Clinic is one of the highest volume neurosurgical centers in the country. Its doctors are respected for their experience diagnosing and treating peripheral nerve tumors, from the routine to the more-challenging type, such as dumbbell tumors. Each year more than 900 people with peripheral nerve tumors seek care at Mayo Clinic.

Care for people with cancerous nerve tumors is done in conjunction with Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic has earned national recognition for developing special techniques that let surgeons remove a tumor, often without damaging nerves. Its neurologists and neurosurgeons regularly contribute to medical journals and textbooks and host educational seminars for other doctors to advance peripheral nerve tumor treatment for people everywhere. In 2019 Mayo Clinic will host the international conference for a type of peripheral nerve tumor called acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma).

Mayo Clinic physicians have also served as leaders in the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Academy of Neurological Surgery, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Society of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

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

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.

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.

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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.

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