Vertebral tumor care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's vertebral tumor 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 person 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 vertebral 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

Research at the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Oncology Program on spinal tumors includes finding ways to use technology for earlier diagnosis and to improve surgical techniques for tumor removal, avoid late complications related to tumor removal and identify which tumors are safe to monitor rather than remove.

Depending on the location of the tumor, thoracic, orthopedic, cardiac, general and plastic surgeons may be involved. 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, including tools to precisely direct the surgery such as computer-assisted navigation.

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 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.

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 person 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 vertebral 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 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.

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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.

May 16, 2018