Spinal cord tumor care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's spinal tumor experts provide comprehensive care for adults and children with spinal tumors. These teams include neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists with subspecialty expertise in tumor diagnosis and management, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals who work together to provide exactly the care each patient needs.

Having all this 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 spinal tumor experts in the world are all working together for you.

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

Advanced diagnosis & treatment

Mayo Clinic patients have access to the latest imaging and diagnostic tools available, and there's even a long history of Mayo Clinic scientists developing those cutting-edge technologies for patient care.

Mayo Clinic is one of the highest volume neurosurgical centers in the country. Thoracic, orthopedic, cardiac, general and plastic surgeons may be involved — depending on the location of your tumor. At Mayo Clinic, it's not unusual to have five different surgeons in the operating room working together and using the latest technological advances available to them.

Nationally recognized expertise

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 doctors trained in spine conditions (neurologists) and spinal surgery (neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons) have experience in evaluating and treating people with vertebral tumors. Each year, Mayo Clinic spinal cord tumor experts provide comprehensive care for nearly 400 adults and children.

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.

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. Spine Surgery Restores Teen's Hope for the Future

    Spine surgery not only preserved Marichu Rosales Brun's ability to walk, it has allowed her to embrace all the promise that the years ahead hold for her. In 2014, 17-year-old Marichu Rosales Brun began experiencing persistent numbness and pain in her upper right thigh. The active teenager and avid tennis player suspected something was wrong. [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic's world-renowned spinal tumor teams have been treating and removing spinal cord tumors for more than 100 years.

These teams include neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurologists with subspecialty expertise in tumor diagnosis and management, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals who work together to provide exactly the care each patient needs.

  • Diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Mayo Clinic offers rapid diagnostic testing and assessments by a team of skilled experts. Neurologists and neurosurgeons work with experienced nerve tissue analysts to identify spinal cord tumors.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, giving you access to new developments and treatments for spinal cord tumors. Mayo Clinic also participates in several regional, national and international cooperative groups and collaborations devoted to 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.

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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.

Dec. 28, 2017

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