Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, doctors from a variety of specialties work together to create multidisciplinary teams to care for people considering photodynamic therapy. Your medical team works with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and provides you with whole-person care.

Comprehensive cancer care

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Pioneers in cancer treatment

In the 1960s, Mayo Clinic doctors conducted pioneering studies that generated interest in using photodynamic therapy as a cancer treatment. Cancer research is conducted in coordination with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. You may be eligible for clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.

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

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.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

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Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

April 21, 2020
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