Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists have extensive experience caring for people considering radiation therapy for cancer. Mayo Clinic specialists draw on this knowledge to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Each year, Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists care for more than 6,000 people undergoing radiation therapy.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, radiation oncologists work with other experts, such as radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and surgeons to provide whole-person care for those undergoing radiation therapy. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest approaches to planning and delivering radiation therapy treatments for cancer, including:

Mayo Clinic's radiation oncology professionals tailor treatment to your specific situation. After the radiation oncologist identifies the areas of cancer to be treated, radiation therapy is carefully planned and simulated before actual treatment to minimize the dose of radiation to normal tissues.

Mayo Clinic offers proton beam therapy — a newer form of radiation therapy — at its campuses in Arizona and Minnesota. Children, young adults and those with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures may benefit from this highly targeted precision beam therapy. Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program features intensity-modulated proton beam therapy with pencil beam scanning that allows radiation oncologists to destroy the cancer while sparing healthy tissue.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists are respected for their skill and experience in using radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer.

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.

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. Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression

    Diagnosed with advanced liver cancer, Mark Turnbull had few treatment options. But physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System offered a unique approach to radiation therapy that slowed the cancer's growth and extended Mark's life expectancy. One night when a sharp pain in his side woke him from a sound sleep, Mark Turnbull dismissed the discomfort [...]

  2. Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver?s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The [...]

  3. Persevering Through Brain Cancer, Travis McGinnis Remains Upbeat and Optimistic

    Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says ? his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists are respected for their skill and experience in using radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer.

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.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals 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.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

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.

Clinical trials

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

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References
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  2. External beam therapy (EBT). RadiologyInfo.org. https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ebt. Accessed April 2, 2017.
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