Outcomes & ratings

Who's on my team?

Mayo Clinic urologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and nurses use strong collaboration and multidisciplinary discussion to provide comprehensive care to each person seen with prostate cancer.

At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, we have a decadeslong history of tracking outcomes and quality-of-life indicators to understand and improve the care we deliver. Our prostate cancer experts can leverage the Mayo Clinic expertise across any medical or surgical specialty to handle not only straightforward cases but also those that are complicated by other medical conditions. We strive to provide patients with the best possible care, including providing second opinions and avoiding unnecessary procedures and treatments. The unique value of our care model shows in our rankings.

U.S. News & World Report Top Hospital Rankings, 2020-2021

Ranked #1 in Urology

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Outcomes & ratings

Expertise and experience

Mayo Clinic treats approximately 22,900 patients with current, suspected or prior prostate cancer annually across Mayo Clinic campuses. Our surgeons with specialized training perform approximately 1,300 prostatectomies annually, which far exceeds high-volume standards. Our surgeons have devoted their careers and years of training to their area of expertise, offering focused surgical specialization. Centers that perform at least 250 procedures a year are considered high volume, while surgeons are considered high volume at 50 procedures a year. Many of our surgeons exceed this high-volume standard. We are leaders in complex patient care, providing high quality and low-complication care regardless of complexity.

Multidisciplinary team-based care

Mayo Clinic urologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and nurses use strong collaboration and multidisciplinary discussion to provide comprehensive care to each person seen with prostate cancer. At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, we have a decades-long history of tracking outcomes and quality-of-life indicators to understand and improve the care we deliver. Our prostate cancer experts can leverage the Mayo Clinic expertise across any medical or surgical specialty to handle not only straightforward cases but also those that are complicated by other medical conditions. We strive to provide patients with the best possible care, including providing second opinions and avoiding unnecessary procedures and treatments. The unique value of our care model shows in our rankings.

U.S. News & World Report Top Hospital Rankings, 2021-2022

  • Ranked #1 in Urology – Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Advanced screening technologies and diagnostic accuracy

Mayo Clinic is a leader in integrating new scanning technologies into clinical care. Patients at Mayo Clinic have access to the most innovative positron emission tomography (PET)-based process imaging. We were the first medical center in the United States approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prepare and administer Choline C-11 PET scanning and are leveraging magnetic resonance imaging-transrectal ultrasound (MRI-TRUS) fusion technology and advancing research on the use of biomarkers in blood and in prostate tissue. Mayo Clinic patients had access to over 40 genitourinary cancer interventional treatment trials in 2019.

Minimal disruption to your life

Robotic procedures performed in 2019 across Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida

  • 48.2% patients discharged within 24-hour period
  • 92.6% patients discharged within 48-hour period
  • 1.2 days average length of stay

At Mayo Clinic we strive to provide world-class care with minimal disruption to your life. Most patients who undergo a cancer-related robotic prostatectomy at Mayo Clinic are able to leave the hospital within a 48-hour period. Traveling to Mayo Clinic for your procedure does not mean inconvenience to your schedule. We strive to make your care for prostate cancer safer, less complicated and less of a hassle to your schedule than staying at home. In addition, we work with your home team to coordinate your care as appropriate.

Results that show in patient ratings

Patient satisfaction with Mayo Clinic is very high. Among patients who underwent prostatectomy in an outpatient setting and responded to a survey, 100% gave Mayo the top or next-to-top rating when it came to overall rating of care, confidence in their physician and likelihood of recommending to others. Among patients who underwent prostatectomy in an inpatient setting and responded to a survey, 95% gave Mayo Clinic a 9 or 10 out of 10 in their global rating of Mayo Clinic and would definitely recommend Mayo Clinic to friends and family.

Patient experience with outpatient prostatectomy
Good or very good (top two ratings)
Category Rating

Notes: Outpatient surgeries performed in 2019 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida. Patient experience surveys administered by Press Ganey.

Overall rating of care received during your visit 100%
Likelihood of recommending to others 100%
Your confidence in the skill of the physician 100%
Explanation the physician gave you about what the surgery or procedure would be like 100%
Degree to which staff worked together to care for you 99.6%
Staff's sensitivity and responsiveness to your special/individual needs 99.1%
Information the physician provided about what was done during your surgery or procedure 98.3%

Focus on outcomes and quality of life

Your quality of life is important to us. We strive in every patient for cancer cure, urinary continence and preservation of sexual function. At the same time, we strive to accomplish this with the greatest safety and least likelihood of complications.

Major surgical complication rates

  • 0.2% patients with major heart event
  • 2.6% patients with blood clot

2017 prostatectomies performed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Delivering world-class prostate cancer care to patients from across the globe

In 2019 alone, patients from over 10 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories received a cancer-related prostatectomy at Mayo Clinic. The range of treatments offered to men with prostate cancer includes active surveillance, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy, chemotherapy and surgery, including robotic prostatectomy.

We offer world-class care with the latest technologies:

  • The latest radiation techniques including intensity-modulated proton beam therapy with pencil beam scanning.
  • Minimally invasive techniques including high-intensity focused ultrasound and single-port robotics.

Outcomes that matter

World-class expertise, care processes, imaging techniques and interpretation of data in clinical decision-making drive results in key outcomes at Mayo Clinic.

Likelihood of surviving
Years post-surgery Survival rate

Notes: Based on 2013, 2008, 2003 and 1998 surgeries at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Numbers are based on individuals who had a prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Deaths unrelated to prostate cancer are not included in this count.

5-year survival 99.2%
10-year survival 98.3%
15-year survival 97.2%
20-year survival 93.8%
Likelihood of survival and remaining free of prostate cancer
Years post-surgery Free of local recurrence* Free of systemic recurrence†

Note: Based on 2013, 2008, 2003 and 1998 surgeries at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

*Free of recurrence or spread located in the former prostate area

†Free of recurrence or spread located in other areas

5-year survival 95.4% 97.0%
10-year survival 93.7% 94.5%
15-year survival 91.3% 93.4%
20-year survival 89.3% 89.8%

Your care journey with Mayo Clinic doesn't stop when you return home

Mayo Clinic offers remote capability to monitor your case through eConsults with your local providers and telemedicine to your home. Carry our expertise with you throughout your journey.

June 04, 2021
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