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 10,000 adults and children undergoing radiation therapy.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023–2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, radiation oncologists work with many experts. Radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and surgeons provide comprehensive 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 you. Radiation therapy is carefully planned. First, the radiation oncologist identifies the areas of cancer to be treated. Then, therapy is simulated before actual treatment. This minimizes the dose of radiation to healthy tissue.

Mayo Clinic offers the latest in radiation therapy treatments, including proton beam therapy. Many might benefit from this highly targeted precision beam therapy. This includes children, young adults, those who have had radiation before, and others with cancers located close to critical organs and body structures. Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program features intensity-modulated proton beam therapy with pencil beam scanning. This allows radiation oncologists to destroy the cancer while sparing healthy tissue.

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 Comprehensive Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center. These standards recognize scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic Children's Center

Highly skilled pediatric experts diagnose and treat all types of conditions in children. As a team, we work together to find answers, set goals and develop a treatment plan tailored to your child's needs.

Learn more about the Children's Center.

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.

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