Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."
More than 4,100 physicians, scientists and researchers and 53,000 allied health staff work at Mayo Clinic, which has major campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. Collectively, the three campuses treat more than 1 million people each year.
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a national presence. Its three campuses give Mayo Clinic Cancer Center a broad geographic reach to serve diverse patient populations and are home to outstanding, internationally recognized physicians and scientists. These individuals collaborate across the full spectrum of cancer research, from basic biology to treatment, seeking to find ways to lessen the burden of cancer on society.
Department of Radiation Oncology
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is part of the nationwide Mayo Clinic organization. Patients in Jacksonville receive the benefits of all Mayo Clinic programs that study and treat malignant diseases.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is accredited by the American College of Radiology. More than 600 radiation therapy patients are treated each year. The department has a state-of-the-art facility with three Varian linear accelerators, a Nucletron HDR unit, a GE wide-bore 16-slice CT simulator, a Philips Pinnacle treatment planning system for external beam radiation therapy and Radionics planning system for stereotactic radiosurgery.
The department offers the full spectrum of radiation therapy modalities, including:
- External beam radiation therapy with high-energy photons and electrons
- 3-D conformal radiation therapy
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Linac-based stereotactic radiosurgery
- Brachytherapy with low dose rate and high dose rate techniques
- Treatment with unsealed sources, including targeted radiopharmaceuticals and radio-immunotherapy
Multiple clinical trials are available for patients. The department actively participates in clinical trials from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and other cooperative groups.
In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Department of Radiation Oncology faculty members at Mayo Clinic are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge.
Prominent visiting professors periodically come to the Department of Radiation Oncology. Each visit lasts for two or three days. The professors present their work during lectures, and you also have the chance to meet with them informally. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.