Mayo Clinic's approach

Teamwork

At Mayo Clinic, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, neuro-oncologists, neurologists, medical oncologists and pathologists work together as a team to provide exactly the treatment and care you need for your specific condition. Other professionals are included as needed.

Experience

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience using stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors and other abnormalities in the brain and other parts of the body. Each year, more than 1,400 people undergo stereotactic radiosurgery at Mayo Clinic.

Advanced planning technology

Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest imaging technology to help with treatment planning. Doctors use CT, MRI and other advanced imaging to create a plan for treatment that targets the abnormality and spares the nearby healthy tissue.

Proton Beam Therapy

Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona and Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have a proton beam therapy facility, dedicated to providing the latest SRS technology. Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence, with locations in Arizona and Minnesota.

The program differs from most other proton therapy programs in the United States because it exclusively features intensity-modulated proton beam therapy using pencil beam scanning. The pencil beam conforms more closely to the tumor, better sparing surrounding healthy tissue from harm — plus, it offers shorter treatment times and reduced side effects.

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; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in 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 also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Research

Mayo Clinic doctors working in neurology research and cancer research have contributed greatly to the understanding of stereotactic radiosurgery and have published widely on the results of their research. Mayo Clinic researchers are exploring the use of stereotactic radiosurgery to treat other conditions, including lymphoma, melanoma of the eye, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, epilepsy and psychological disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This emphasis on research increases the treatment choices available to Mayo Clinic patients. A variety of clinical trials and other studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff members skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure your quality care and successful recovery.

Unparalleled cancer care

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It is one of only five U.S. cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research. Mayo Clinic is also part of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and NRG Oncology, two groups of scientists throughout the U.S. and Canada who work together to conduct clinical trials and reduce the impact of cancer.

Nationally recognized expertise

Stereotactic radiosurgery teamwork at Mayo Clinic Stereotactic radiosurgery teamwork at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, and is ranked among the top hospitals for cancer. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for cancer and neurology and neurosurgery. With the emphasis on collaborative care, specialists interact very closely with their colleagues across all campuses.

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.

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.

Nov. 16, 2018
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